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Adam Engst 18 comments

Tech Notes from a Cross-Border Trip to Canada

Adam Engst recently took a trip from upstate New York to Vancouver, British Columbia. As always, technology made the trip significantly easier than in the past, though he found that some bits (CarPlay in rental cars and North American T-Mobile connectivity) were vastly more helpful than others (an App Clip for buying gas and Apple Maps encouraging illegal U-turns).

Adam Engst 15 comments

Here Be Digital Dragons: Musings on Modern Mapping

Internet mapping services have democratized cartography and brought it to the masses. Adam Engst has been working with maps of late and shares the most effective services, techniques, and tips that he’s found.

Josh Centers 6 comments

Apple Maps Now Lists COVID-19 Vaccination Sites

Apple Maps now lists COVID-19 vaccination sites, but it’s currently of questionable utility since you must be both eligible and have an appointment anyway.

Josh Centers No comments

Apple Celebrates Black History Month

Apple is putting in maximum effort for this year’s upcoming Black History Month, celebrating it across many of its services and introducing a special Apple Watch and Sport Band.

Josh Centers 4 comments

Canada Gets Overhauled Apple Maps Data

Years into its campaign to overhaul its mapping data, Apple has closed out 2020 with more-detailed maps for Canada along with a slew of new features.

Josh Centers 2 comments

Apple Maps Now Displays COVID-19 Testing Sites

Apple Maps in iOS and iPadOS now displays COVID-19 testing sites throughout the United States.

Josh Centers 8 comments

Apple Finishes Rolling Out Redesigned Maps in the US

Apple has spent years overhauling its map data in the United States, and now it’s moving on to Europe.

Adam Engst 21 comments

Comparing Apple’s Old and New Map Data

Curious about how much work Apple is putting into improving the data underlying its Maps app? With Apple’s release of the Northeast US map data, Justin O’Beirne has posted a fascinating comparison of the old and new maps.

Adam Engst 45 comments

Real-World Observations about Mapping Apps

After spending several weeks using Apple Maps and Google Maps constantly while traveling in Switzerland, Adam Engst has a few thoughts and recommendations that could ease your future trips.

Josh Centers 1 comment

DuckDuckGo Search Engine Integrates Apple Maps

The privacy-focused search engine DuckDuckGo is integrating Apple Maps for search data on Apple devices. The question is, will anyone stop using Google long enough to notice?

Josh Centers 43 comments

Apple Is Overhauling Maps

If you thought that Apple Maps has been a joke since it debuted in 2012, you're not alone. Apple has spent the past four years rebuilding its mapping service.

Adam Engst 6 comments

Cartographic Comparison of Apple Maps and Google Maps

Maps are but representations of reality, and how Apple and Google have interpreted that reality has led to surprisingly different representations of it. Justin O’Beirne has started a detailed comparison of the two mapping systems, looking at how each shows cities, roads, and places (points of interest, if you will). O’Beirne is careful not to anoint a winner, but a summary of his findings shows that Apple labels more cities and Google labels more roads. Plus, while the two show a similar number of places, they have only 10 percent of their places in common, thanks to Apple focusing on landmarks and Google prioritizing transit.