According to a report by publication site AppleInsider, images of Apple’s vans for capturing real locations for Maps has been spotted in New York City, while others have been seen on late-night runs through Boston and its surrounding areas. This is said to be for an update for Apple’s Maps for iOS 10.
On Wednesday, Apple added more traffic and point of interest (POI) data to Maps, along with 20 new Flyover locations. These new Flyover locations include places in Australia, France, Germany the U.S., and more.
Apple Maps for Watch developers on watchOS 2.2 beta is said to gain new features in the upcoming update. As of now, developers can access the beta version of watchOS 2.2, but the upcoming version adds a “Nearby” feature in Apple Maps as well as quick navigation buttons for travel directions to home and work addresses. Read more
Apple recently brought Yellow Pages-powered business listings to their ever-growing Apple Maps to customers in Canada. However, the company also added new transit data directions for Boston and multiple Amtrak routes in the Northeastern parts of the U.S.
In previous versions of iOS, it would offer users with estimated travel times in the Notification Center’s Today view. However, those running iOS 9 will notice that travel directions often used to get to certain locations will now show up automatically on your iPhone’s lock screen.
Currently, Apple Maps are accessible on the desktop via Mac, on mobile iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices and through your wrist through Maps for Apple Watch. Read more
The mysterious vans that were spotted in different parts of the country this year are not part of Project Titan, which is Apple’s secret self-driving car project. Read more
On Friday, the California based company updated the Acknowledgements page for their mapping software, adding a handful of new data partners.
The page gives credit to TomTom, Yelp and other companies that provide Apple Maps with imagery and information. Read more
The Cupertino firm is reportedly planning on adding transit directions for bus, subway and train route navigation. The new Transit layer will join the existing Standard, Hybrid, Satellite and Flyover views within the Apple Maps application.
Apple has confirmed the acquisition with The New York Times‘ Mike Isaac, offering up their usual boilerplate statement “Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans.” Read more