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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maps are useful
by _xmv on Sun 13th May 2012 09:17 UTC
_xmv
Member since:
2008-12-09

I sure like map apps. It helps a freaking damn lot when you're in a unknown place since it serves as direction, mapping and of course your position is pinpointed by gps.

I think you guys are on crack for not realizing that, or never move out of your basement. Using a regular paper map takes 10x longer.Thats nearly the only reason I got a smartphone.

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RE: maps are useful
by Thom_Holwerda on Sun 13th May 2012 13:15 in reply to "maps are useful"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

I have a GPS system in my car, but mostly just check Google Maps on my PC before I leave.

Messing with a finnicky touch screen sucks balls for maps.

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RE[2]: maps are useful
by redshift on Sun 13th May 2012 15:31 in reply to "RE: maps are useful"
redshift Member since:
2006-05-06

I frequently have to travel to cities I have never been to. I tend to use a combination of Navigon and Google Maps on my iPhone. The combination works pretty well for me.

One thing Google Maps does really well is getting me around NYC with public transportation and on foot. Knowing when trains were coming, where my transfers were, and how long it will take, took a lot of the complexity out of the subway system for me.

I would be surprised that Apple maps 1.0 can do all that Google Maps does for me, so I hope they allow google to sell their maps app in the app store.

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