Apple unveils iPhone and iPad Maps app and new Mac laptops
Tue, 06/12/2012 - 03:00 EDT - LA Times
Apple's Maps app for the iPhone and iPad offers aerial, 3-D views of cities users are navigating. The firm also unveils a line of new Mac laptops and software and an updated Siri.SAN FRANCISCO — Apple is mapping a course that it hopes will help it sail past smartphone rival Google.
ORLANDO, Fla. — Google Now is often compared with the Siri voice assistant on Apple’s mobile devices, but its power lies in giving you information you need to know before you have to ask. It works best as a supplement to Siri, rather than a replacement, now that it has expanded from Android devices to iPhones and iPads.
Smartphones will be talking to their users and the tech giants Google and Apple are determined to have the edge Google has predicted its dominant web search engine will mean it will beat Apple in the race to turn the smartphone and other devices into intelligent, voice-controlled personal assistants.
Google (NASDAQ:GOOGL) has been active in updating its apps for Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) iOS devices. Over the past nine months, the company has rolled out a number of major updates to its various apps for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch in a bid to showcase Google’s iOS SDK’s strengths.