|Initial release||September 19, 2012|
|Stable release||iOS 8.1 / October 20, 2014|
|Operating system||iOS 6 onwards|
|Platform||iPhone 3GS onwards, iPad 2 onwards, iPad Mini (1st generation) onwards, iPod Touch (4th generation) onwards|
|Available in||34 languages|
|Initial release||October 22, 2013|
|Stable release||2.0 / October 16, 2014|
|Operating system||OS X 10.9 or later|
Apple Maps is a mapping service application developed by Apple Inc. for its iOS and OS X operating systems. It allows turn-by-turn navigation by car or walking including re-routing, and night mode. It is the default mapping application for iPhone, iPad and Apple computers.
Introduced in 2012, it replaced Google Maps which had been the default mapping application on Apple products. It's release was met with considerable criticism due to many errors. By September 2013 Apple Maps was used by 4 times as many iPhone users as the optional downloadable Google Maps alternative.
A new version was announced by Scott Forstall at WWDC 2012 keynote on 11 June 2012 that would use Apple's own mapping system with data provided by a number of providers instead of Google Maps, mainly through Dutch manufacturer of navigation systems TomTom, and a Chinese mapping company specifically for just the Chinese market version, AutoNavi.
Apple Maps was released on 19 September 2012.
Upon release many users and commentators were critical of the app for a variety of reasons ranging but not limited to improper labeling of places to unmapped roads. Users complained about errors and omissions and about heavily distorted 3D representations of many features. Drivers heading to Fairbanks International Airport in Fairbanks, Alaska were instructed to drive onto an airport taxiway located directly across from the runway, which is used by aircraft on a regular basis. Victoria Police in Australia advised travellers against using the application to get directions to the remote town of Mildura. Police noted that several motorists required rescuing after following incorrect directions off the highway into the park, referring to is as a "potentially life-threatening issue". The Victorian Country Fire Authority blamed Apple for "dangerous deficiencies" after the iOS6 version of the map service caused inaccuracies in the Authority's pre-existing bushfire alert app.
Apple issued a statement, saying the company is "continuously improving" Maps and they "appreciate all of the customer feedback." On 28 September 2012, Apple CEO Tim Cook posted a letter on the Apple website apologizing for Maps and suggesting that iOS 6 users use third party map apps or websites while Apple works to improve Maps. In October 2012, Scott Forstall, Senior Vice President of iOS software and the the 'directly responsible individual' for mapping was removed from his position. During an Apple earnings call, Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer stated that Apple would "work non-stop" to fix the remaining issues. Apple CEO Tim Cook then announced that Apple is "putting the weight of the company" behind improvements the mapping.
An iPhone version of Google Maps returned to the iOS platform on 13 December 2012 as a downloadable application, rather than as the default map. As of November 2013, US iPhone users who used Apple's Maps outnumber Google's maps app by 35 million to 6 million.
On 19 March 2013, Apple released iOS 6.1.3 that included several iOS Maps fixes specific to Japan. On 10 June 2013, at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference, Craig Federighi announced that Maps would also be provided with OS X Mavericks in late 2013. The application was updated with the release of iOS 7 in September 2013 and again with the release of iOS 8[when?] that included 'City Tours', being visual tours on tourist attractions in the Flyover City.
Since its inception, Apple Maps has licensed U.S. business listing data from the following business data aggregators: Acxiom, Factual and Neustar/Localeze and Yelp. By 19 November 2014 it also contained data from the following suppliers: DAC Group, Location3 Media, Marquette Group, Placeable, PositionTech, SIM Partners, SinglePlatform, UBL, Yext, Yodle
The app was criticized for its lack of certain features contained in Google Maps, including Street View and transit directions. Apple Maps was named one of the Top 10 technology 'fails' of 2012 by CNN in December 2012.
Locations available in Flyover mode are:
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