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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Map app ?
by Neolander on Sat 12th May 2012 07:23 UTC
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Well, I tend to use GMaps occasionally to find places which I have never gone to, without solely relying on the awkwardly complicated explanations that people give me when I ask.

I wouldn't use it for anything else though. Phone screens are too small, EDGE data connections are too slow (and 3G is too power-hungry*), and I don't feel very comfortable with telling megacorps where I am and relying on their instructions for my everyday life.

* Seriously, the next generations of mobile networks should focus more on power consumption on the terminal side IMO. Speed is pretty much good enough now, considering that carriers let you do nothing bandwidth-hungry on their data connections, but the way 3G multiplies battery drain by two when doing nothing (no, not even moving) is unacceptable.

Edited 2012-05-12 07:25 UTC

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