Apple has just announced its new desktop operating system – OS X Mavericks – and I can’t wait to get home to update my Mac. Not least because the new system is free.
Of most interest to us here in eSpatial is the inclusion of Apple Maps in the new OS. It emphasizes what we’ve been saying for years: location data is integral to modern life and business.
Apple Maps on a desktop can be integrated with Mail, Contacts and Calender. You can also send driving directions to your iOS 7 iPhone or iPad (no reference to us Android users, unfortunately).
You’ll find a full features list for Mavericks’ Apple Maps here.
If you’ve already been using mapping systems like Google (on which eSpatial is built) none of the features may sound particularly revolutionary (except for maybe the 3D interactive flyover mode – if I can figure out what that is!).
Also, Apple Maps is not really going to help anyone much when it comes to mapping private business data (an eSpatial specialty) but for those in the Mac community, it looks like being an engaging piece of free software.
Let’s just hope Apple Maps has overcome the accuracy problems that were so brutally exposed, just over a year ago. At the time, eSpatial’s Phil O’Doherty wrote this insightful piece on why maps – or rather, mapping accuracy – is so important. Have a read…