Maps is getting a complete makeover in Apple's latest mobile operating system, iOS 6. For better or worse, the company is bidding farewell to Google Maps, and an entirely new application powered by data from TomTom will take its place. Maps has become one of the most popular and beloved iPhone features — and for good reason. Google's Street View team has dedicated a substantial amount of resources into collecting real-world mapping data and creating the most comprehensive geographical database possible.
So how will Apple's version compare to Google Maps? Here's a breakdown of the mobile map app.
- New look — The most noticeable change is the clean, minimal interface, featuring brighter hues and less text clutter.
- Turn-by-turn navigation — Drivers can now follow the gentle cadence of spoken, turn-by-turn directions, without ever having to take their eyes off the road.
- 3D modeling — In "Flyover" mode, users zoom, pan, tilt, and rotate high-resolution, 3D satellite imagery.
- Landscape and portrait mode — The old version of Maps was viewable only in portrait, but the new application will allow for both vertical and horizontal orientations.
- No more transit directions — City-farers will no longer be able to rely on Maps to provide public transit information, at least for now. Stay tuned though, as Apple promises to allow third-party developers work on the feature in the future.
- Yelp integration — Thanks to a partnership with Yelp, user reviews and contact info for shops, restaurants, bars, and more are baked right into Maps.
Will you use the new Maps? Or, did Apple make a huge mistake in parting ways with Google? Let us know what you think.