We get slammed 24/7 with new Apple rumors. Some are accurate, most are not. To give you a clue about what’s really coming out of Cupertino in the future, we’re busting out our rumor debunker each week to blow up the nonsense.
The Apple rumor mill is going into hibernation mode over the winter, but that’s not stopping a few juicy bits from leaking out. This week we’ve got rumors of Apple Maps coming to the web, the giant iPad facing production problems, and the first batch of Apple Watch orders.
Step up to our crystal ball and see which rumors are likely to come true in 2015.
The Verdict: Possibly. This rumor is coming from the Best Apple Analyst in the World (Ming-Chi Kuo), so we’re keen to believe him. If Apple’s really trying to make its iPad Pro as thin as the iPhone 6, there’s bound to be a few problems along the way. We still expect to see it in the first half of 2015.
The Rumor: Apple’s working on a web-based version of Apple Maps.
The Verdict: We believe it. Apple job postings hint that it’s working on an update. As bad as the rollout of Apple Maps has a few years ago, the service has gotten considerably better over the last year, and a dedicated web version would help get more people using Apple Maps. Apple launched the Maps Connect tool last month. A web-version must be coming soon.
The Verdict: Looks like it's almost a done deal. Execs say details have to be worked out, but Alibaba is the hottest company in China right now, so the pairing would be perfect. Alipay support for Apple Pay on day one would be huge in China.
The Verdict: Too early to tell. Apple Watch isn’t supposed to go on sale until the Spring, but it’s time to start getting units rolling out of the factory. If Apple’s already making 40 million, it must be pretty confident it’s got a new hit product on its wrists.
It might not quite be Harry Potter’s Marauder’s Map, but it’s getting there. Photo: Universal Studios Orlando
Apple is attempting to push its Apple Maps software to the next level, courtesy of indoor mapping capabilities, according to a new patent application uncovered by Cult of Mac today.
Filed in April this year, the application describes a method of seamlessly transitioning from a map displaying exterior elements like roads and buildings to one that shows indoor elements, like stores and restaurants.
This technology is designed to work with iBeacons, Apple’s Bluetooth Low Energy emitters designed to make iDevices location aware indoors.
When Apple Maps disastrously launched in 2012 even the most faithful of Apple fanboys thought it’d never be competitive against the obviously superior Google Maps. But just two years after it announced its own mapping platform, Apple is now dominating Google in mapping traffic on 4G, at least on one U.K. carrier.
Apple Maps crashed and burned coming off the runway in iOS 6, but new additions in iOS 8 beta 3 show Apple’s had a change of heart, and is even making it easier for Apple Maps users to jump to Google Maps and other services thanks to some new UI tweaks.
Starting in iOS 8, users will be able to run a search for locations in Apple Maps and use either Apple’s own driving and walking directions, or switch directly to another app already installed on your device via a simplified menu.
Two years after Apple replaced Google with its own Maps app in iOS 6, the last remnant of Google Maps in Apple’s ecosystem is getting the boot. Apple has begun switching to its own mapping service for the Find My iPhone web app on iCloud.com.
The change isn’t visible for everyone yet, but it can be seen from the beta version of iCloud.com where Apple tests upcoming features.
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Since it was first released as part of iOS 6, Apple Maps has gotten a partially deserved bad rap. Although nowhere near as bad as it was at release, Apple Maps has a reputation for being unreliable compared to options like Google Maps.
One thing that was particularly frustrating about Apple Maps at release was the fact that while the app invited users to report incorrect locations and results, nothing ever seemed to happen with those reports. So if Apple gave you incorrect directions, it might take months for the error to be fixed.
But a thread on Reddit offers what appears to be conclusive proof that Apple has gotten its act together about Maps. According to the thread, Apple is now pushing through error corrections in Apple Maps on a daily basis.
Apple didn’t tell anyone during WWDC, but it wants iOS 8 to be the ultimate city tour guide.
Cupertino is adding a new Flyover City Tours feature to its Maps app. And even though the code has been hidden, developer Pierre Blazquez managed to unearth it from the latest iOS 8 beta release to give us a preview of the new feature that’s still in development.
Flyover tours are currently only available for Rome, Stockholm, Barcelona, New York, Paris and a few other cities, but in a video posted by Mac4Ever, we’ve been given our first glimpse of the tours in action.