If you have often grown tired of navigating through blurred images on Google maps when experiencing low network connections, it has become clear that Apple’s new maps technology within iOS 6 is going to provide the perfect tonic – even when offline.
Apple took to the stage at WWDC 2012 in June to officially confirm their new in-house built maps solution for iOS 6, which will eliminate the need for the company to reply on Google to supply maps, as they have done over the last few years.
Being Apple-built is not the only advantage that iPhone 5 users can look forward to though, as deeper examination has revealed that Apple will actually provide a smoother experience when it comes to zooming into specific areas in finer detail. As most of you are well aware, Google does provide a decent zoom in feature, but the image quality when zooming is far from perfect to say the least.
In areas where 3G connections are poor, you often have to wait a few moments while Google loads up the areas, although pinching maps in and out on a WiFi connection still gets the job done with fairly fast results. When trying to navigate offline though, it is a different story and you’ll be greeted with a cut off point displayed by a large area of grey tiling.
It is this aspect specifically that Apple will aim to get one over on Google, by using independent vectors to ensure that smoothing into acute areas of maps will be seamless, regardless if you are navigating online or offline. A great example of how this will work can be seen in a analysis by AppleInsider, in which offline map navigating was tested in the San Francisco area.
On Google maps, a cut off point was established when the user tried to navigate further from Palo Alto – resulting in grey tiling for the user. However, using the latest beta of iOS 6, the same offline search on Apple’s new maps offered a much more smoother experience, even allowing the user to navigate down as far as Los Angeles without any loss of quality.
Although Google now offers an offline mapping solution, users may decide that Apple’s experience with the new vector based technology is a lot more convenient when struggling with a connection. You can get a full insight on this here, but let us know if you have already tried maps on iOS 6 and how your experience was, compared to Google Maps.