Apple is revamping Maps from the ground up
If you are new to the current developments in Apple, the tech giant had a rough launch of its Apple-Maps and the CEO apologized after the launch. Several holes needed patching together with improvements on transit directions, parking, business, and place data. Apple Maps is in development to offer a world-class service to its customers. Just like any other organization who would need constant upgradation in its software and applications to make sure their customers are not facing difficulty and the business is not taking a hit, Apple too, has decided to get their in-house tech team on the upgrade of Apple Maps. Most companies hire a mobile app development agency to take care of such problems, but the name and brand that Apple is, might not need outside ‘intervention’ or expertise in this matter!
Improvements being done on Apple Maps
To rebuild the Apple-Maps, Apple is using first-party data that iPhone gathers using a policy-first methodology. The tech company is also using its cars that have cameras and sensors to revamp its mapping platform. The updated version of Apple Maps will be launched with the next iOS 12 beta in San Fransisco and the Bay Area, and by fall, it is going to cover the Northern parts of California.
For each version of the iOS, the mapps-tool will be updated, and there will be more features and improved responses to the changes in construction and roadways. The revamp of the awaited-maps will feature more visually appealing aspects like pools, foliage, pedestrian paths and more.
The tech company is conducting a full reset of its maps after four years of improving and using the data gathering systems. The company is looking to be self-reliant when it comes to navigation; the end of third-party-Maps is imminent.
After the first announcement about the Apple-maps six years ago, the company invested millions of dollars in making changes, adding locations, updating and changing the maps frequently.
The future of Apple Maps
Apple-Inc is looking to create the best maps-app in the world, that is what the company is developing. The company has taken the time to improve to the quality of the app, something that most users will agree upon.
The Apple-Maps are being built from the ground up to offer its users an exceptional app that has customer scout listings and more while aligning the mapps-tool with the user privacy it keeps as a priority. Apple-Inc made a huge bet years ago to start building from the ground up because the future of mobile has been growing and mapping is going to be central in nearly all aspects of the phones use.
Apple-Inc is looking to bet big on how its geo-maps is going to be updated. One of its primary objectives is providing accuracy. This means that the map-app will have to be updated faster; possibly in real time and more often. When there are new customer scout listings, they will be updated in real time.
The new map environment that Apple-Inc is developing will allow it to make changes to the maps-app faster. This effort brought about the development of the mappings own base-maps, which is the lowest building block in a mapping system. Apple is then to layer living location data, high-resolution satellite images and new high-resolution data of the images gathered from its fleet of cars.
Although the efforts of developing the Apple-maps started years ago, the first renewed efforts of rebuilding the mapping tool took place in 2015 when vans having the Apple-Maps sign on the side began cruising around cities. These vans have cameras and sensors, and they have sparked debates and discussions around different towns.
The vehicles are more advanced, making them look like autonomous vehicles. The vans have a GPS rig on the roof, eight cameras that are shooting overlapping images, and four LiDAR arrays located in the four corners of the van. There is an additional measuring tool that is attached to the rear of the car to measure the distance precisely.
There is no bulky equipment at the back of the van, just a MacBook Pro that is bolted at the floor of the van to store data on SSD storage. There is also a USB cable that is connected to the iPad on the dashboard of the car where the mapping-capture software runs.
The van has a driver who ensures that the route is well taken care of. The driver ensures that the coverage area that the van is assigned to has been adequately covered, and the images have been captured well. Thousands of images are captured in each drive. The data is then encrypted, and once the SSDs are full, they are replaced and placed in a case. Once the storage devices are taken to the Apple-data-center, a software eliminates private information like license plates, faces, and other details.