Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 11th May 2012 20:42 UTC
Apple "Between 2009 and 2011, Apple acquired three mapping companies in quick succession: Placebase, in 2009; 3-D mapping outfit Poly9 in 2010; and in 2011, C3 Technologies, a second 3-D mapping company. Three mapping-company acquisitions in as many years. But for good reason: Apple has been hard at work developing its own in-house mapping solution for iOS, and now it's finally ready to debut it." I'm probably crazy, but I've never used the map applications on my mobile phones, so it's difficult for me to get excited about this.
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Look at a map of the bad end of town ...
by MacTO on Fri 11th May 2012 23:20 UTC
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Look at a map of the bad end of town, and your head will get blown off. It's that realistic!

More seriously though, I'm not sure that I need this sort of thing on a mobile device. What would be handy is up-to-date data and accurate search algorithms. It gets a bit tiring when I ask a mapping application for directions from "my address in my city to business name in neighbouring city" and end up the wrong city being used for one end or the other. The problem is that super realistic graphics is easy (expensive, but it's easy to figure out how to do) while more intelligent algorithms are hard (probably cheaper, but no guarantee of success) so Apple will do the eye popping stuff and hope that noone notices.

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