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Apple Rebuilding Maps in Massive Overhaul
Apple is going through a massive effort to rebuild Apple Maps from the ground up - specifically the mapping data - with a combination of iPhones and those Apple Maps vans we've seen on the road for years.
The results of this effort will show up first in the next iOS 12 beta for new mapping data for San Francisco and the Bay Area before expanding to Northern California later in the year. Cue was interviewed for the new story: "Since we introduced this six years ago - we won't rehash all the issues we've had when we introduced it - we've done a huge investment in getting the map up to par," says Apple SVP Eddy Cue, who now owns Maps in an interview last week.
TechCrunch summarizes some of the other major differences in the current Maps and new Maps: Better road networks, more pedestrian information, sports areas like baseball diamonds and basketball courts, more land cover including grass and trees represented on the map as well as buildings, building shapes and sizes that are more accurate.
Cue says Apple is now focused on building the “best map app in the world” which requires “building all of our own map data from the ground up.” He adds that Apple decided it needed to provide its own first-party mapping data, not just the application with third-party data providers, over four years ago.
Advantages of the new mapping system include the ability to update and correct data in real-time. Cue says the new maps infrastructure will allow Apple to address road work and corrections much faster than the current version.
The new Apple Maps will also be the first version to use data collected by all those Apple Maps vans driving across the country for years.
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