Thursday, November 15, 2012

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) launches voice-assisted navigation in Australia

Apple Inc.(NASDAQ:AAPL) has launched voice-assisted navigation services in Australia with an update to its operating system iOS6.

The feature was promised nearly a month back but has been launched only on Thursday.

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The Maps app offers turn-by-turn navigational instructions using the voice of Siri and offers users a 3D view and real-time traffic information, Macnn reported.

The turn-by-voice navigation system adjusts the estimated time to travel to a place according to the traffic flow and even offers alternative routes if traffic is heavy in a particular area.

Users are treated to a 3D perspective of a road ahead at turnings with the voice-over getting automatically activated. The application works even if the screen is locked and automatically reroutes users if they take a wrong turn.

As has been reported elsewhere, Apple was forced to release its own mapping application because of Google's apparent reluctance to add the turn-by-voice navigational capabilities to its Google mapping application on iOS.

However, upon launch, Apple appeared to have underestimated the work needed to deliver a mapping solution as comprehensive as the Google-powered iOS Maps app had delivered. This eventually led to the ouster of Scott Forstall as Apple SVP of iOS, Macnn pointed out.

Apple has now been working on its mapping application and making upgrades and changes to it, ever since it was launched and created mayhem among users with its erroneous information.

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