Does Maps improve automatically or it requires a new iOS update?

Discussion in 'iOS 6' started by digitalove, Nov 27, 2012.

  1. digitalove macrumors regular

    Jun 12, 2012
  2. batting1000 macrumors 604

    Sep 4, 2011
    Automatically. It fetches data from a server. The app would require an OS update for new functionality, but the mapping data, etc is fetched from Apple's servers.
  3. cyks macrumors 68020


    Jul 24, 2002
    Westchester County, NY
    Automatically. As they fix them, the changes will be pushed through as you use Maps.
  4. digitalove thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 12, 2012
    So yeah that sounds good, basically everyday the service improves.
  5. nepalisherpa macrumors 68020


    Aug 15, 2011
    Hopefully! :)
  6. BRyken macrumors 6502

    Jul 17, 2008
    Good to know.
  7. KeanosMagicHat macrumors 65816


    May 18, 2012
    That's the way it should work & the way I'd like it to work, but it's not experience I've had so far.

    We were told that Apple mainly uses Yelp for the POI data for maps.

    Armed with this information, I signed up for Yelp and have added quite a few local POIs. Some, but not all, were added to Apple Maps. This did not happen on a gradual, piecemeal basis, but only occurred when we had the iOS 6.0.1 update.

    I hope this does not set the pattern for Maps in the long term as it should, as you correctly state, be updated regularly as users feed back new information. We shouldn't have to wait for an iOS update.
  8. GreyOS macrumors 68040


    Apr 12, 2012
    It's perfectly possible for them to update map data without an iOS updates. However it's also possible for them to make some data updates only available for certain versions of iOS. e.g. they could release simple corrections to all versions and then tie major changes to the next iOS, which would allow beta testers to test before the wider public had access.

    I have no idea how they actually do it, just saying this is a possibility and one of many potential models they may use for updates.

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