Google Maps Returns to iPhone with Turn-by-Turn Navigation
Google today published a brand new Maps application for Apple's iPhone. The new Google Maps has 2D and 3D vector-based graphics, Street View, business photos, and, for the first time, free voice-guided, turn-by-turn navigation. Google Maps for iPhone also includes live traffic updates, public transportation routes and schedules, and 80 million searchable points of interest. According to Google, Maps is constantly updated with user-supplied feedback concerning accuracy. For example, Google suggests that iPhone users shake their phone when they see something in Maps that's incorrect. Doing so will let users send corrections to Google. Last, Google also released Google Maps SDK for iOS so developers can build Google Maps directly into their own iOS applications. Google Maps for iOS works on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch, though Google says it is optimized for the iPhone 5. It is free to download and use. Apple removed the native Google Maps app from iOS earlier this year, substituting it with its own, in-house mapping program.
Mar 3, 2014
Apple today announced CarPlay, a bridge that will let drivers user their car's infotainment center to access and interact with their iPhone. In order to work, CarPlay must be installed by the car manufacturer and a separate app must be installed on the iPhone.
Sep 17, 2014
Apple today released iOS8 for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch (5th gen). iOS8 offers a number of refinements to Apple's mobile operating system.
Dec 16, 2014
Opera today announced Coast 4.0, a new version of its browser for the iPhone and iPad. According to Opera, the idea behind the new browser is to make it easier for iOS device owners to find content.
Mar 13, 2014
Straight Talk, an MVNO that runs a bring-your-own-device service, is now offering nano SIM cards. Nano SIMs are the smallest SIM cards available, and fit devices such as the iPhone 5/5s/5c, Moto X, and select Droids.
Oct 22, 2013
Apple today made available a minor update to its iOS 7 operating system. The new platform software includes support for iCloud Keychain, which can be used to keep track of account names, passwords, and credit cards across Mac devices.