Apple Maps invests in more 3D resources to intensify dispute with Google Maps

One of the most interesting additions that come with the iOS package is the most robust Apple Maps, full of stylized three-dimensional representations of landmark cities around the world. Finally, now with the system already in the hands of the general public, the manufacturer clarified which changes were implemented.

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Update introduced rich-detail 3D thumbnails from San Francisco, New York and Los Angeles, cities in the United States, and from London, in the United Kingdom. The next locations that will receive the news will be Philadelphia, San Diego and Washington DC, in the US, and Vancouver, Montreal and Toronto, in Canada.

The Coit Tower, San Francisco’s top tourist spot, is depicted in detail on the new Apple Maps (Image: Playback/Apple)

Within each in one of the cities there is a little spice. As shown in the previews, outstanding tourist spots were carefully designed — the Coit Tower and the Statue of Liberty, references from San Francisco and New York, respectively, are some of the points that have undergone a special treatment.

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Superior navigation

But not only beauty lives a virtual map — and Apple seems to know that. Another addition to Apple Maps was the improved navigation system. Now, drivers and pedestrians can accurately follow the path on the three-dimensional lanes, rendered with great care, avoiding confusion in the quick checks throughout the trip.

The representation of avenues with lane separation and accurate rendering of viaducts makes life easier for drivers (Image: Playback/Apple)

Viaducts, bridges, intersections and roundabouts that on flat maps can generate some doubt have been revised in the new Apple Maps, making life easier for those who need to pass through them. The app is even able to show you which lanes to adopt in preparation for a turn or detour on the route.

Other additions include:

    “Look Around”, which allows you to visualize places in an interactive and three-dimensional experience — available for cities like Dublin, Edinburgh, London, Los Angeles, New York, Tokyo, Toronto and inland Italy;
  • Bike Routes: Bike Tours with Elevation Beacons, Street Movement and Stair Alerts;
  • Indoor maps: indicators and guides for navigation in closed environments, such as airports and shopping malls;
  • Traffic lights and radars speed are now displayed in exact position on highways;
  • Accidents, traffic jams and slowdowns are displayed highlighted by the map;
  • Running after the loss

    Compared to competitors, especially Before Waze and Google Maps, Apple Maps continues to step back. For those who come from rival maps, the news presented by Apple give that feeling of “how did this not exist before?” presented by Apple. Indoor browsing, for example, was introduced months ago; registration of occurrences and accidents is also present in Waze since before its acquisition by Google, that is, the Apple option has not brought anything really new for those who are used to location applications.

    The representation of places or paths by augmented reality has been a feature on Google Maps for months (Image: Reproduction/Apple)

    What Apple gains, however, is its focus on privacy, something highlighted as a pillar of the tool since its inception. The manufacturer highlights, for example, that it is not necessary to log in to consult the virtual map and everything that the user visits, searches or browses is stored with a random identifier, with no direct link to their identity.

    At Google, the story is different: the company’s proposal is to collect very specific information about the user and, as it well describes in the “Terms and Privacy” sections, the precise location of the user is necessary to offer tips about the places you’ve visited or been researching — which, for some, is quite invasive.

    So, in the end, the user is faced with a choice: opt for the most accurate and feature-rich application , but giving up privacy, or choosing the safest app, albeit with fewer tools? This is a question that, if Apple keeps advancing at an accelerated pace, may cease to exist over time, making it the best option for everyday use in an iGadget.

    Source: Apple

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