iOS 11 is just a few days away from seeing the light. The next Apple operating system for mobile devices will be presented at the WWDC on June 5th. An event where Apple could improve different parts of its operating system where Maps could be the big revolution .
Maps in iOS 11 may undergo major changes
If there are weaknesses in iOS, Maps could be the weakest application on the Apple operating system. The app is not bad but the competition (Google Maps) is above it. While it is true that Apple could add new features to the application, or simply extend the APIs to be developed to increase its features with this application. The truth is that Apple Maps should only touch up or implement two important points, search and augmented reality.
Augmented reality on an iPhone 8
Maps with iOS 10 introduced several important new features. From (lightweight) design, step-by-step spoken directions, interactive 3D views, integration with third-party apps, and proactive suggestions. However, search still lags behind Google Maps, the Google mapping application has many more years of experience than Apple, and this fact shows. It is understandable that Apple is lagging behind in this complicated field of development, however, Cupertino’s have a duty to improve search engine and address understanding .
Augmented reality may be Apple’s big step in software. We know practically nothing in this field, but many users (including myself) expect a lot from Apple.
Improve what already works well
If augmented reality is the great feature that iOS 11 could incorporate, it is not the only feature expected. If Apple’s maps can predict the places you think you’ll go and calculate the fastest way to get there based on traffic, your current location, the time of day, and events on your calendar. This integration could (and should) be improved for iOS 11.
Apple Maps Public Transport Information
A more proactive operating system should take on more than just those functions , not only should we wait for our iPhone to recalculate the best route to work to avoid traffic jams in the morning or anticipate itineraries for meetings on our calendar. Compatibility with other applications in the system is a key point in this matter.
The real-time traffic information provided by the Maps application is great. It calculates when you’ll arrive at a particular site, gives you details on the cause of a traffic jam and lets you know whether or not it’s a big traffic jam. However, many users do not have this feature in their countries . In Spain, for example, the public transport feature is not available. A feature that Google Maps has been incorporating for quite some time and in many countries worldwide.
iCloud and Siri in iOS 11
In the current iOS 10 maps, Siri knows how to take you anywhere you ask. Just ask her, and instantly Maps will guide you to the fastest route. If you get hungry on the way, ask her about a good roadhouse, for example. But this should evolve. We need a more interactive and proactive virtual assistant . Apple will improve its assistant with great news but, we have to wait if the assistant’s compatibility with Maps will improve or not, let’s hope so.
We already know that thanks to iCloud we no longer have to memorize names and addresses, because iCloud saves these places everywhere (Mac, iPad, iPhone or iPod touch). You can send a map from your Mac with your iPhone. And if you have iCloud enabled on both computers, you’ll see your phone in the Share menu on your Mac. So you can plan a trip from your computer and hear directions on your iPhone on the way. But iCloud and its Mapping features must take a new, more challenging path for the iOS user. No one doubts Apple’s ability to do so, but many options are expected that are already included in its competitor (Google Maps).