Also wonder why some town names are in the same exact location, but others move just a few pixels. Updates in annotations, or in a constraint solver?
Cartography is such an interesting topic. I experimented using Douglas-Peucker on 3D images of protein molecules in grad school–cool stuff. I find myself often using cartographic principles in analogy to software architecture and codebase organization.
Apple has 6 out of 9, not 8 out of 9. San Fran and Boston are not top 9. Boston is 10, SF is 12.
They still have a lot of coverage but they can at least say top 10 or something.
Probably not. It seems to vary based on the availability of data.
In fact, it can even vary from hour to hour. Over the weekend, the 3D satellite of downtown Chicago disappeared for a while, while the 3D vector was still available. It restored itself in a few hours.
The author does, at least, qualify that the most recent expansion covers a lot more population density than previous expansions.
Apple could very well be slowing down, and it's not immediately clear to me that they'll actually make their deadline.
Compare to OS releases. Windows 10 gets updates every month, with feature updates every six months. Compared to before, these updates have fewer features. But they are coming much more frequently. Can we say updates are slowing, because they don't have as many features in each update? Or do we have to look at the features per unit time?
I agree that it's not necessarily clear that they'll make their end of 2019 deadline.
Is it just about not wanting to share user information with Google as a selling point for their devices? Competition for Google Maps is absolutely a good thing to spur innovation.
At this point, I'm still using Google Maps because they still seem far more usable and feature filled. I'd love to see a viable alternative.
The reason Apple started Apple Maps was that Google refused to allow turn by turn navigation and vector maps on iPhone and required location data from iPhone users. Only when Apple Maps was introduced did Google release these features and they lost access to most location data.
I agree that Apple (& Bing/MS) is vital... But in order for the goog to be toppled, there needs to be apps on all platforms. It seems ludicrous they want to redistrict their map and messaging to iOS only, but there's a real opportunity for Apple to spread out into competing platforms.
The same reason Google started making hardware for Android. A company should try to control its core competencies. The intersection of software and hardware is a core competency for Apple. At the application level, navigation is a critical piece of that software.
The necessary link between aerial imagery and on-ground navigation by mobile phone is a 3d map.
I'd like to know where the front entrance is vs. the side entrance, is there a ramp vs. stairs, are these two buildings connected or not, is there a skyway, is there a penthouse on the roof, is there a garage behind the main house, etc.
Because this is missing an important point. In order to render the data, the data has to be in a format understood by computers, which street view is not.
Also, they can get more accurate navigation for pedestrians etc.
Overall, IMHO, this is an investment in user experience.
Not to mention, having a good way to build realistic virtual environment for acceptance testing is probably key here to enable self-driving.
I can't find it on any of the first several pages of HN. Where'd it go? Was it flagged?
Edit: never mind. I’m wrong. I could have sworn I used to be able to just view the web version of yelp last time this came up, but I might be misremembering the browser vs the Maps app experience.
This is such an un-Apple-like UX. Idk if they signed a long-running contract with Yelp out of desperation when Apple Maps launched forcing it to be this way, but if not, then their insistence on this experience is truly dumbfounding.
Edit: I see you’ve tested it yourself.
That's what you might think is the main reason of a map. There are many various reasons to want to use a map. I assume one of the main uses for most of Apple's customers, and probably even Google's given they're also working towards 3D topography, is to find particular buildings, particularly businesses, or landmarks.
Don't make the mistake of thinking that your use case is everybody else's.