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Apple has updated the search feature in the Apple Maps app to focus on categories that are most important to people right now: groceries, food delivery, pharmacies, hospitals, and urgent care.

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These category options come up first when searching, coming ahead of restaurants, fast food, gas stations, banks, and other categories that used to be higher priority in the list.

Places that are currently closed, such as shopping centers, are at the bottom of the search category list. These changes were first noticed by German site iPhone Ticker, which also points out similar changes that have been made in the Google Maps app.

Google Maps has gone even further than Apple Maps, letting users know when a business is closed or has shorter hours. The app also warns users to call a doctor before visiting a medical location.

Article Link: Apple Maps Focuses on Groceries, Food Delivery, Pharmacies and Hospitals When Searching
 

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Apple has updated the search feature in the Apple Maps app to focus on categories that are most important to people right now: groceries, food delivery, pharmacies, hospitals, and urgent care.

applemapssearchcategories.jpg

These category options come up first when searching, coming ahead of restaurants, fast food, gas stations, banks, and other categories that used to be higher priority in the list.

Places that are currently closed, such as shopping centers, are at the bottom of the search category list. These changes were first noticed by German site iPhone Ticker, which also points out similar changes that have been made in the Google Maps app.

Google Maps has gone even further than Apple Maps, letting users know when a business is closed or has shorter hours. The app also warns users to call a doctor before visiting a medical location.

Article Link: Apple Maps Focuses on Groceries, Food Delivery, Pharmacies and Hospitals When Searching


Isn't this done dynamically based on API?
 
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hagar

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Great. They swapped some items in a list. Took them 45 seconds to implement and push live.
Google shows temporarily opening hours, while Apple Maps doesn’t even show regular opening hours for many businesses.
 
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tyranne201

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who actually uses apple maps when you have something like google maps?
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apple should just ditch apple maps already. it makes no sense really, its so much worse than competitors.
 
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achappy

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that maybe true for the US, but worlwide it does not come even closer. And I think the clean interface is more about lacking data than the UI itself.

I'm in the US so that's all that matters to me :).

Lack of data is not completely true. It's also about how the data is presented. I open up Google Maps and see a cluster of overwhelming information. A search for something yields results with large photo arrays of each business instead of just a list of my results. It's like Google tries to display as much as possible at once and is just a mess of an interface. Apple presents things cleaner and then allows me to narrow down and get more details as needed.
 
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CarpalMac

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I tried Apple maps the other day for giggles and it is still woeful in my area, a not inconsiderably sized city. Cycling down a well established cycle path it showed me as being in the middle of a lake and had no information on any nearby mini-markets, back to Google Maps and it showed me three.

8 years on and it is still a terrible user experience for me. I hate that I am forced to use it in apps that integrate with maps.
 
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CarlJ

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that maybe true for the US, but worlwide it does not come even closer. And I think the clean interface is more about lacking data than the UI itself.
Are you suggesting that people in the US should avoid Apple Maps because people outside the US don't like the data?

And, no, the clean interface is about being able to easily parse the necessary information from the screen at a glance. It displays all the data I need. Google Maps' UI is cluttered with junk I don't want.
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who actually uses apple maps when you have something like google maps?
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apple should just ditch apple maps already. it makes no sense really, its so much worse than competitors.
Translation: tyranne201 doesn't like Apple Maps, so nobody should be allowed to use it. Glad you're not in charge. I have both and strongly prefer Apple Maps. Better UI, more easy to parse at a glance, and always gets me where I want to go.
 
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baryon

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I wonder when Apple maps will start focusing on, you know, resolving addresses. Cuz that hasn't really worked so well in the past decade. Learn to crawl before you want to fly.
 
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jonblatho

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I wonder when Apple maps will start focusing on, you know, resolving addresses. Cuz that hasn't really worked so well in the past decade. Learn to crawl before you want to fly.
I can’t speak for other locations in the U.S. and certainly not outside the U.S., but the new map has exact and correct locations for every building in about a 10-mile radius of me, and those are just the ones I tried. Even out on obscure, unpaved roads, where I have some family and know their addresses, Apple has exact, correct addresses where Google gives a range.

This includes one such unpaved road where Google has driven a Street View car within the past year. Apple has the correct address; Google provides a range (which does contain the correct street number). The driveway’s pretty long, but dropping a pin on the house on Apple Maps provides that exact address; with Google you have to drop the pin close to the road to even get the address range.
 
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nvmls

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People that prefer a much cleaner interface, integration with Siri/Apple Watch/Car Play/Calendar events with Location and have used it perfectly for years with no issue.

Means nothing without half of the world's data. Apple Bubble Map™.
 
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itsmilo

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Every time I think it’s time to try Apple Maps I get so confused by the UI and go right back to Google Maps. I guess I am just too used to it that I know almost blindly where to click
 
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CarlJ

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Every time I think it’s time to try Apple Maps I get so confused by the UI and go right back to Google Maps. I guess I am just too used to it that I know almost blindly where to click
Confused by the UI? But it’s so simple and straightforward. That really does sound like a case of what you’re used to. To me it’s much less cluttered than Google Maps.
 
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Tech198

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This is all due to helping out in COVID-19, otherwise i don't these updates would happen...

And now they are there, we won't take them off after this issue has gone... as it will further extend the reason for keeping it there.

Gives all companies an excuse to (a. put them there and (b. leave them there. They wouldn't have updated any other time.

It's a coincidence..
 
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