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Apple Maps is in for a big overhaul.

The end-goal, as stated by Apple, is to remove the company's reliance on data from third-party services - an approach that has given Apple Maps issues with reliability and accuracy.

The release of the new and improved Apple Maps will be a slow burn. While the United States will be updated over the next year, Apple apparently has not committed to launch dates for the map enhancements outside of its own home country, though it's fair to assume that Maps' worldwide updates will overlap at least somewhat with the domestic ones.

Apple will first launch the new Maps in San Francisco and the Bay Area with the next iOS 12 beta, and cover North California by Fall.

The most interesting map-curation tool at Apple's disposal, however, is your iPhone.

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After remaining quiet on the topic, Apple acknowledged today that its sensor-laden Apple Maps vans have been gathering data for the project for years. But moving forward, Apple wants to own, and be in control of, all of its map data, hence the interest in first-party data.

The update may finally bring Apple's offerings on par with Google's, but there is still a long way to go before the Cupertino giant can pose as a serious contender to Google's dominance in navigation technology. "We have been working on trying to create what we hope is going to be the best map app in the world". Coupling the 3D point cloud with image data from auto and satellite, lets Apple produce full orthogonal reconstructions of city streets with textures in place. Data will only be gathered when the Maps app is already in use, so the impact on battery life will be "near zero". According to Tech Crunch, Apple will use data securely gathered from iPhones and a fleet of cars packed with cameras and sensors. I typed "Joe" into the search field in Spotlight on my iPhone, scrolled to the bottom, tapped Search Maps, and found myself getting directions to the Joensuu Airport, in Finland. What are the things that we want to do in Maps?'. These changes sound great, but that's a long time to wait.

The new Maps will not include a visual redesign, though. For instance, they can manually move the location of an address on the map to match up to a building's real entrance or driveway. The report also says that Apple will be enhancing pedestrian guidance and navigation generally, as well as including parking areas and building details appropriate to your destination.

Watch news, TV and more on Yahoo View. "We haven't announced this", says Cue. We're excited to get it out there.


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