Maps in "Find My Friends" way better than in "Maps"

IcyTexx

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Check this out...

Hybrid mode renders as it should in Find My Friends, and in Maps app it's a disaster... Is Apple ruining satellite/hybrid modes to save bandwidth?

Click on the images to open bigger photos:





And the biggest thing that's bugging me is this:
Maps right after the double-tap unzoom:

A few seconds later:


Google Maps:
 
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PrometheusGeek

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Doesn't look "way better". Looks the same. The "Find my Friends" one just lists the street labels and a further zoom level. Same image and data though.
 

IcyTexx

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Nope... I tried to get the zoom levels to be the same. At any zoom no additional data or streets get drawn in the Maps app. In FMF the maps are always crisp, notice how blurry they are in the Maps app.
 

cyks

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Nope... I tried to get the zoom levels to be the same. At any zoom no additional data or streets get drawn in the Maps app. In FMF the maps are always crisp, notice how blurry they are in the Maps app.
They're blurry because they're zoomed in more. It's the same satellite image in both.

The street labels are the important difference.
 

Kukulcan

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Nope... I tried to get the zoom levels to be the same. At any zoom no additional data or streets get drawn in the Maps app. In FMF the maps are always crisp, notice how blurry they are in the Maps app.
No...but maybe that is because for me the images are swapped when clicking them.
 

xraydoc

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IcyTexx

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Try it... The location is "Zagreb, Croatia".

No matter how hard I try to zoom in and out I can't get the Maps images to look better or equal to those from FMF.
The zoom here is identical:
 

Kukulcan

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Searching for one of the streets in Maps I get all streets labeled (as always) and even better resolution than your screenshots.
 

Edslunch

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Find my friends does seem to have slightly clearer satellite maps. In flyover areas they are quite different - find my friends shows my downtown with heavily shadowed buildings whereas maps seems to be rendering the images itself, even when it in 3D/flyover mode.

The biggest difference to me is that find my friends actually draws the streets on top of the image where maps just labels the images for the most part (and shows fewer labels). I like the find my friends look better personally
 

IcyTexx

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Feb 6, 2010
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I'm trying to look up some US cities...
It's weird. Somewhere satellite images seem to be blurry in the Maps app, somewhere they're fine.
The "standard" overlay over satellite maps is always complete in FMF app, I don't know why it's worse in the Maps app.




And the biggest thing that's bugging me is this:
Maps right after the double-tap unzoom:

A few seconds later:


Why do they become so blurry?

Google Maps:
 
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Kukulcan

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When zooming in further you get all street names and satellite pictures even better than googles (although slightly lower res) for Zagreb.

See my image above and this:

image.jpg
 

planktons

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Check this out...

Hybrid mode renders as it should in Find My Friends, and in Maps app it's a disaster... Is Apple ruining satellite/hybrid modes to save bandwidth?

Click on the images to open bigger photos:
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And the biggest thing that's bugging me is this:
Maps right after the double-tap unzoom:
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A few seconds later:
[url=http://www.pohrani.com/t/1O/H/1Gp7xh4Z/img0087.jpg]Image[/url]

Google Maps:
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What is that Google Maps app you're using? Never seen it before.
 

matrix07

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Apple really needs to adjust the labels/"zoom level".
No, you can. By adjusting the label to small it will show more labels. It's using vector so you got more label when you zoom in unlike Google map on iOS that is rasterized so it show every labels at any zoom. It's just different.
 
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