It could be considered the coolest thing in the world, or just downright creepy. Apparently, Apple Maps now has the ability to monitor what iOS mobile users are copying and/or pasting in their iPhone or iPad devices, as revealed in a prerelease beta version of the tech giant’s iOS 10 mobile operating system. When completing a task as simple as copying a street address for instance, Apple Maps detects that activity and then its new mobile app widget will provide directions to that particular address. It even works while iOS mobile users are copying location related information in Google Maps, allowing people to share directions to a contact by way of email or text message.
Apple Maps even lets people know that it has been watching them. Right after users copy location data in Google Maps, Apple Maps deploys a message that says “Recently viewed in Google Maps” or even “Recently viewed in Waze” or “Recently viewed in Safari.” So far, it has not been confirmed yet if the information being collected by Apple Maps is transmitted to Apple’s servers.
Apple had officially announced iOS 10 just this week, during the annual Worldwide Developers Conference held in the city of San Francisco in California. The newest version of the iPhone maker’s mobile operating system came with a slew new features, including updated functionalities present in iOS 10’s widgets feature, which Apple debuted with the roll out of iOS 8. The beta version of iOS 10 now comes with two other location related features apart from “Maps Destinations.” The first one is “Maps Nearby” (which shows stuff like the nearest diners and snack stops) and the other one is “Maps Transit” (which provides bus and even subway ride schedules). These widgets are enabled whenever users swipe to the right on their iOS device’s home screen.
For Apple Maps, things have not always been smooth sailing. Back in 2012 when Apple first deployed it, it took some flak after a number of mobile users complained that the navigation tool inaccurately marked landmarks and even supplied suspect driving directions. Right after that, fierce rival Google launched its own dedicated mapping mobile app for iOS powered devices, effectively terminating its half decade long deal with Apple to power the native maps app present in iPhone and iPad devices. Still, Apple Maps has come a long way since 2012, and Apple is now bent on making its mapping tool a worthy competitor to Google Maps.
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