It looks like Google is going to have another contender in the mapping world. Google has dominated the market for years as far as map applications go, but now Apple
has had pictures of their new map application leak to the general public. The idea behind Apple having their own mapping system has been in place for a long time, but has just recently come into the focus of many iOS users. They are anxiously awaiting the new application.
The idea started way back in 2009 when Apple decided to buy a small and seemingly unknown mapping company called Placebase. They were really the only company that was even competing with Google back then in the mapping world. Since then, Apple
has helped to push the development of this technology and has started adapting it to their own operating system.
What Makes It Worth Your Time?
One of the nicest features of the new application is going to be the fact that you can switch to 3D imaging when you are looking at your map application. This will help you get a clear picture of what you are looking at, not just some lines on a map with street names. In the pictures that were leaked, you can really tell that they are detailed and fun to look at.
You will also notice that in the pictures that slipped, the application is running on a silver navigation bar. This is huge news to those that picked up on it, and has caused the rumor mill to begin swirling. The rumors are that the next iPhone will have the silver navigation bar like the iPad.
The interface that comes along with the application has a nice peel back in the bottom right hand corner that will allow you to quickly switch from 3D to non-3D. There is also a locate me button that is similar to the one that you will find on Android's Google map application. This will make it incredibly easy to quickly locate where you are and where you want to be.
Perhaps one of the nicest things about the simple interface is the clarity. Everything is extremely user-friendly and will make life a lot easier when you are trying to get from “point A” to “point B”. Once you are already logged in to the application, there is a button on the bottom left that you can just tap to switch in and out of 3D imaging.
What Does It All Mean?
The map application market has really only been dominated by Google for a while now, and there really has been no contenders to compete with them. But now Google will have to try and up their game, as Apple
has not only stepped into the market—they have brought their “A” game. This is great news for iOS users and they have already started testing it with the 10A3XX build of iOS 6.