Apple Maps - Offline

Discussion in 'iOS 11' started by Nic727, Mar 1, 2018.

  1. Nic727 macrumors member

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    Hi,

    I know that Apple isn’t really reading this forum, but I’m still surprise that Apple is not offering the possibility to download offline maps to use our phone as a GPS without data.

    I suggested that through their website and apps, but I don’t know if I’m the only one who suggested that. If we are more requesting that, maybe it will be available?

    Thank you
     
  2. decafjava macrumors 68020

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    Maybe, but for now I suggest Google maps or a slew of pretty decent offline maps available for offline use.
     
  3. pacorob macrumors 68000

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    I guess due to the fact GPS data for navigation doesn't use much data so that is why they probably didn't want to add such a feature. Google Maps has the option to select a certain area in an offline modus to have stored for 30 days. There are also various other third party navigation apps that have an offline mode in it.
     
  4. now i see it macrumors 68000

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    Why even use Apple Maps? Google Maps is superior in so many ways.
     
  5. Nic727 thread starter macrumors member

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    Maybe it doesn’t take a lot of data, but I don’t have data plan (too expensive).
     
  6. djdsas macrumors member

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    +1 but I also have Apple Car Play and sometimes its just nice to have a map display on my 10" CarPlay screen. Ideally I would love Google Maps and/or Waze to be Car Play Capable.

    Also, my work phone is on Sprint, which doesn't have simultaneous voice and data. If Im on a voice call and navigating with Apple maps, If I go off course, Apple maps won't re route until I get off the voice call! It's nuts!
     
  7. achappy macrumors member

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    Because it works and is integrated into the OS. I understand there may be some places Google Maps is better, but for me I've used Apple Maps without fail the past year in San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco (including transit), New York (transit), Philadelphia, New Jersey and countless times in the Washington DC area. I can ask Siri to find the closest <insert restaurant name> or gas station. I enter my son's travel sports into our Calendar and get notifications for when it's time to leave and can quickly 3D Touch the notification to get directions. So no, for me Google Maps is not superior.

    To the OP post, I believe if you start navigation it will download the route for offline use. I know that was the case for iOS 10. My son had a school mountain campus where the last 30 minutes of the trip there was no cell signal. However, maps still worked. Haven't tested it in iOS11 but I can't imagine they removed it. You won't get any reroutes of course.
     
  8. Nic727 thread starter macrumors member

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    It works, but it’s not the best way, because sometime you take alternative route and it just don’t follow...
     
  9. sola77 macrumors member

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    I wish Apple Maps worked better. I just never had a good experience while using it :(
    Waze for life ;)
     
  10. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    The GPS info goes direct to the phone - it does not use data. The iPhones and iPads that have cellular capabilities have a GPS capability that is part of the chipset. You would use data for the maps though so you should be OK if you use something that downloads maps for you then uses the map plus the GPS location.
     
  11. IGI2 macrumors 6502

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    Most of you missed the point.

    He asks for the ability to preload/cache Apple Maps.

    Yes, Google Maps has it. Yes, Google Maps are better.
    But that's the point, he suggested an improvement for Apple Maps to be better.

    Secondly, you praised CHEAP Internet data or that GPS uses NO data.
    Okay, but Apple Maps uses data and when I pay in Poland 5 USD for 20-100 GB of data it's OK.
    But when I visit, for example, USA I pay almost 0.5 USD for every 50 kB (kB!!) of download and separately for upload.
    So when your Apple Maps app sends a HTTP request, even 1 kB you are getting charger for started 50 kB of upload and immediately for the data it downloads, let's say 2 MB, so it's 40x50kB and I would pay around 25 USD for 2 MB of data using my Polish SIM card while roaming. And let's add some other basic connections like Weather refresh in the background, messenger, iMessage connectivity status, etc.

    That's why Google understands that and allows to preload/cache maps for offline use.

    Jeez, you can't argue with that guys.
     
  12. I7guy macrumors G5

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    When I went to Iceland, I paid for data so I could use iMessage, weather and Apple maps while I was out and touring. Don’t use google maps.
     
  13. zorinlynx macrumors 601

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    I'll never understand why roaming data costs are still suck in the 00s. $25 for 2MB is absolutely insane.
     
  14. pacorob macrumors 68000

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    You guys have a point there that Apple Maps should definitely implement such a thing if it stays this way in the US. Is America stuck in the 00s? Bizarre those prices per MB/kB.
    I can now totally understand what the topic starter is saying.

    Untill a few years ago we had unlimited data packages but then we saw that those were going away when the amount of smartphone users went up and the speed increased on 3G/4G. Luckely since a few year we see again unlimited data packages and also cheaper data packages here in Europe e.g. the Netherlands.

    For example I'm paying 13 euros a month for 2GB data + 300 minutes/sms (sim-only, without a phone).
    We also have packages here for 25 euros with unlimited data, minutes/sms (sim-only, without a phone).
     
  15. HungryForMore macrumors newbie

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    You can easily get unlimited data, calls, text messages + unlimited data (globally) and very cheap international calls for $80 in the U.S. so I'd argue whether we're stuck in the 00s :p I don't really have to purchase local SIM cards when I travel. I also have a 1gbit symmetric, fiber connection at home for $80 - afaik none of my European friends have that :p.
     
  16. IGI2 macrumors 6502

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    You still missed the point.

    Offline maps are about travelling.

    For example when you go on a trip/vacation from Poland to Croatia, Albania. You drive through many different countries and you want your phone to be reliable, with your number so people can contact you, and you don't know Croatia language, Czech Republic language, Austria language, to stop and buy local sim cards everywhere. In Poland you need to show your ID to the seller so that he can activate your SIM card.
    https://toomanyadapters.com/buying-sim-card-poland/
    "Registering with your passport or national ID card is now mandatory when buying a SIM card in Poland, due to an anti-terrorism act that went into effect around July 2016."
    So I wouldn't like to tackle similar issues in Croatian or Czech.

    And 80$ is actually very much for some people. We pay 7 USD (taxes included) for unlimited calls and texts messages in (EU) and around 50 GBs of data in Poland and about 1.3-1.7 GB of data for EU. So for 80 USD we could pay for 11 months.
     
  17. Nic727 thread starter macrumors member

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    Well in Canada it’s insane too. Sometimes $60 for 2GB/month.
     
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