Quick question: What sensors does the iPhone have to detect radio, TV and magnetic waves?
The thing about the floor plan. Apple would never allow all different odd ball poorly drawn diagrams to be displayed. They would all have to match. They would also have to be validated and official.
This is what I was thinking when I first heard about the technology, of course it turned out not to be the case.
I thought of Apple partnering with building management to install lots of specifically designed WiFi hotspots throughout the public buildings at precisely identified coordinates. That way they could be used for determining location very accurately. I imagined this to work sort of like street view where Google sends an official data acquisition team to the location. I would love to see Apple take responsibility for their own map data, keep it up to date and have full control over it.
As this WiFiSlam technology is now being revealed, I like it less every time I read more detail about it.
I wish that Apple would spend some of their cash to start building out city wide WiFi networks that were free and only available for Apple devices. That way we really could cut the cord as you wouldn't even need a cable carrier for broadband.
My first reaction was to be flippant... If Wi-Fi is the answer – what was the question?
However, I share your desire for precise, detailed and consistent mapping -- whether in or out of doors.
Stepping back, consider what Apple would have to own, develop and provide to meet that desire. Apple is behind other mapping services (years in the minds of many). When the current front runner's maps were first introduced, they were often ridiculed as Apple Maps are now.
Today, there is a growing competition to provide indoor mapping capability. We may be in a situation where "what is good enough" and how "fast can you develop it" are the primary issues.
I do believe that Apple should use this technology on a best effort ASAP basis.
- Michael Lille -
- Michael Lille -