Apple’s iOS 6 Maps app has received so many complaints and been the butt of so many jokes that you’d think Nokia could capitalize on Cupertino’s fail by releasing a stunning maps app to dominate the iOS space. No such luck. Nokia’s Here Maps is a mess.
Last week, Nokia announced last week that it was bringing a mapping solution to iOS and now that app is available in the iOS App Store.
Nokia HERE is a free, universal app that's powered by Nokia's NAVTEQ mapping data. It includes a garden variety of views like map view, live traffic view, public transport line view and satellite view. It also supports offline maps, so you can still travel when you lose your data connection. For those who prefer to walk, it even has voice-guided walk navigation.
Only days after an embarrassing parting of ways with Windows 8 architect Steven Sinofsky, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is back to his industry-slaying form, laying into Apple for its high prices and Google's Android for its record on mobile security.
Google has reportedly begun testing its own mapping application for iOS among outside users, further supporting rumors the company plans to submit it to the App Store in the near future. The Wall Street Journal cites unnamed sources that claim Google is in the process of putting "finishing touches" on the app before submitting it for approval through Apple. Not only will the app use Google's own data—like the default Maps app under iOS 5 and earlier—it's also said to include turn-by-turn navigation. That feature was not previously available under Apple and Google's partnership.
Siri will get a little smarter with the next version of iOS.
The iOS 6.1 update will give the voice-command feature the ability to order movie tickets through Fandango, according to 9to5Mac.
Users can ask to get movie tickets for a specific film and location, and Siri will bring up a theater and showtime. Users can then click to purchase the tickets, which brings up the Fandango apps to finish out the transaction. If the device doesn't have Fandango, Siri will direct users to a link to download the app.