Originally Posted by MacBook Pro
You are still incorrect. Billions of people didn't use Google Street View prior to 2007. Billions of people today don't use Google Street View.
Any reasonable person would notice the emphasis
on "good enough."
I further noted that no one has provided any usage statistics for Google Street View especially within the iPhone Maps app except for the article by Matt McGee which I referenced. Apple Maps is
, right now, today, "good enough." Millions
of people have already upgraded
to iOS 6 and millions
more people are in line
outside Apple Retail Stores and carrier stores to purchase the iPhone 5.
Here is what I said:
Maps based on Apple technology rather than Google technology does not need to be as good as Google based Maps
. Maps simply needs to be "good enough"
although the solution will far surpass that standard."Maps simply needs to be "good enough"
although the solution will far surpass that standard." - MacBook Pro
If Apple simply added Siri integration and a few features from Waze to the current features most users would likely be highly satisfied.
Accoring to Jessica E. Vascellaro and Amir Errata of the Wall Street Journal, Maps is used by more than 90% of U.S. iPhone users
(although no data source is provided) which virtually guarantees success for any new version of Maps with relatively comparable features
to the current version
iOS 6 Maps currently provides:
* 2D Mercator-variant projection with (at higher zoom levels) and without 3D projection with approximately 20 zoom levels of the entire (readily-navigable globe)
* 2D aerial and satellite imagery of the entire globe (Space Oblique Mercator projection)
* 3D aerial and satellite imagery superimposed on a digital elevation model providing a 360-degree panoramic overhead oblique view including a low level "bird's eye view" (Space Oblique Mercator-variant projection)Every projection misrepresents the surface of the Earth
in some way. Since all projections can show one or more but not all of the following; the greater the number of projections the greater the ability of the user to discern their location
(although larger numbers of projections become increasingly confusing at an exponential rate); true direction, true distance, true areas, true shape.Dead reckoning is a wholly unreliable method
given that the average global positioning system (GPS) user is not trained in the technique. For the purposes of modern living, satellite navigation is vastly superior
and additionally methods to supplement the model only increase navigation accuracy
. Furthermore, given the limitations of 360-degree panoramic "street level" views of the entire surface of the planet
which is entirely impractical
versus aerial and satellite photography the superiority of the later becomes manifest.
I further submit that Apple has intentionally decided to not include multimodal navigation (e.g. pedestrian and public transportation routes) to appease otherwise upset partners who previously provided a navigation service for Apple products that many users may determine is no longer necessary. Such reasoning could apply to street level views as well as other expected high-end features and functions.
A well integrated street view would be nice
but I suggest that the best method for Apple
to develop such a database is to rely upon users
. If Apple were to implement the hidden panoramic mode
in iPhone 4S and higher, users
themselves could photograph points of interest
and with the exif and GPS metadata submitted to Apple along with imagery where such is "missing."
I do not have an issue with the "missing" street level view. In my opinion, the combination
of an bird's eye view (overhead oblique angular view) with the static images from Yelp compensates for the loss
. The addition of 3D Flyover Mode makes the resulting application superior
I suspect an enterprising developer could even provide
, dare we say it, a street level view app
. Although iOS 6 Maps doesn't need a street level view
has already hit 80% of the targets and provides new functionality
as well. The current beta implementation of Maps does enough to convert most people to Maps happily. Frankly, given that Maps is the default mapping and navigation app and is integrated with Siri the ease-of-use will likely be the key feature that wins over most users
.The great thing about Yelp is that you can check a destination to make sure it's correct before you go there or get info without going there. It's a huge benefit.
"Apple Maps is arguably already superior to Google Maps for iOS despite the Beta designation." While the loss of Google Street View may impact some users
, I have never seen Google Street View user base numbers or user satisfaction data
I find it interesting that we can list a multitude of ways that Apple Maps in iOS 6 Beta 4 is superior to Google Maps in iOS 5 while Google Maps proponents continue to focus on their sole argument of superiority, a feature which 50% of a tech savvy subset of users (Twitter followers of a tech blogger) were unaware existed on the iPhone. To further clarify, technology pundit, Matt McGee, of Search Engine Land posted the report, Irony: You Need A Map To Find Google Street View On The iPhone.
McGee states that, "I asked on Twitter, and got a 50/50 split on replies: half knew how to access Street View
, and half didn’t know it was there
." This is, presumably, a technology savvy group considering they are "following" a technology pundit yet half were unaware of Google Street View in iPhone Maps.