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 is hitting the road in order to start capturing images for its Apple Maps. As confirmed in its Apple Maps Vehicles website, the company is indeed driving vehicles around the world in order to gather data by taking pictures and collecting other visual information. Apple further stated that the data it compiled will be used to make improvements on its Apple Maps.
Others may view this as a move by Apple to create a competitor to Google's Street View service. Although Apple has not stated explicitly that it is trying to contend with its biggest rival's service, it is difficult to argue otherwise.
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