Maps

New Patents Detail Apple’s Mass Transit System for Maps on iOS

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has today published two Apple patents titled "User interface tools for commute assistant" and "Location-based features for commute assistant”, revealing Apple's take on mass transit mapping, a feature missed by many iOS users ever since Google Maps was replaced by Apple Maps back in 2012, AppleInsider reports. The two filings detail a...

Uber Poaches Key Apple Maps Senior Engineering Manager

Uber has hired away a key Apple engineer, who had been managing the Maps Apps and the Frameworks team but has now taken up a position at Uber, reports The Information. Chris Blumenberg’s departure adds up to the list of people part of the Maps team. Sources familiar with the matter confirmed to Jessica Lessin...

Google’s Skybox Satellites Monitoring Apple’s Next iPhone Launch

The Wall Street Journal has profiled one of Google's recent acquisitions, which could have an incredible effect on mapping and privacy.  Just a few weeks ago Google announced they acquired Skybox Imaging, a company that captures high resolution images using satellites, for $500 million. Here are some examples of what Skybox Imaging can do: "We're looking...

Apple Files Patent for Interactive Layered Data Maps

A new Apple patent application published today by the US Patent and Trademark Office, spotted by AppleInsider, gives a sneak peak into the company's future plans for Maps application enhancements. The patent details an interactive layered mapping program, allowing users to view different layers of information based on different factors -- for example, location. According...

Apple Acquires Popular Public Transit App Embark

Former WSJ journalist Jessica Lessin reports that Apple has tapped another mapping company in its efforts to bring the Maps application up to its own high standards. The latest acquisition is a small Silicon Valley startup, Embark Inc., which builds free transit apps aimed at helping smartphone users to navigate public transportation. The amount paid...

Apple Seeks Broader In-Car Maps and Siri Integration

After obtaining fresh information about iOS 7 and its flat design, 9to5mac reported today that Apple is planning to enter into the in-car integration space as soon as this year. From what their sources "familiar with the matter" are whispering, Apple is after improving the driving experience by implementing iOS Maps and Siri, and the...