The competition between Apple Maps and Google Maps heats up.
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Apple on Monday unveiled a more detailed Maps app that the company said will roll out to US users by the end of 2019 and to more countries by 2020. The company also has added new features that make it easier for users to navigate to places they frequently visit, such as their home or work addresses.
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The announcement, which Apple made during its annual Worldwide Developers Conference at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California, shows how the tech giant is trying to compete with
and Waze apps. Apple said it drove 4 million miles to rebuild the maps in the app from the ground up.
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Apple Maps lets you save addresses to a list of favorites that'll be displayed on the launch screen of the app. Users will also be able to create a collection of frequent places and add a photo to the list.
There's also a new "Look Around" feature displayed by binoculars that lets you see a 3D view of a place on a map.
Apple in September 2012 released its own homegrown mapping program along with its
6 operating system. It previously had preloaded Google Maps on its devices, but tensions between the companies led Apple to create its own software. The trouble was it didn't really work. iOS users immediately noticed problems with everything from navigation to a simple search for an address.
The fiasco caused Cook to issue a public apology and to fire iOS chief
, one of former CEO
' top lieutenants. Cook at the time said Apple "fell short on this commitment," and he recommended alternative mapping programs until the company could fix the issues with Apple Maps.
Apple also announced updates to other apps, including Reminders. When you type out a reminder in the app, the app will know when and where to notify you. It'll also be easier to tag someone in a reminder.