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

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  1. IcyTexx, Oct 3, 2012
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    IcyTexx macrumors newbie

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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:
    [​IMG]
    A few seconds later:
    [​IMG]

    Google Maps:
    [​IMG]
     
  2. Kukulcan macrumors 6502

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  3. cyks macrumors 68020

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    Considering that roads are labelled in one and not the other (even though it's zoomed in more), yes.
     
  4. PrometheusGeek macrumors regular

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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.
     
  5. cyks macrumors 68020

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    "just lists the street labels" ... because that's ordinarily not important on a map. :rolleyes:
     
  6. IcyTexx thread starter macrumors newbie

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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.
     
  7. cyks macrumors 68020

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    They're blurry because they're zoomed in more. It's the same satellite image in both.

    The street labels are the important difference.
     
  8. Kukulcan macrumors 6502

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    No...but maybe that is because for me the images are swapped when clicking them.
     
  9. xraydoc macrumors demi-god

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    Odd. I haven't noticed that where I am, though (just tried it).
     
  10. IcyTexx thread starter macrumors newbie

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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:
    [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  11. Kukulcan macrumors 6502

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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.
     
  12. Edslunch macrumors member

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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
     
  13. Kukulcan, Oct 3, 2012
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  14. cyks macrumors 68020

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    Odd. The streets show up fine for me in Maps.

    Dropped pin:
    Fra Grge Martića 35–37
    10000‎ City of Zagreb
    Croatia
     

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  15. IcyTexx, Oct 3, 2012
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    IcyTexx thread starter macrumors newbie

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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.

    [​IMG] [​IMG]


    And the biggest thing that's bugging me is this:
    Maps right after the double-tap unzoom:
    [​IMG]
    A few seconds later:
    [​IMG]

    Why do they become so blurry?

    Google Maps:
    [​IMG]
     
  16. Kukulcan macrumors 6502

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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
     
  17. ericrwalker macrumors 68030

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    Is it still using google maps? I just went to icloud.com and "find my iphone" via web is using google data.
     
  18. cyks macrumors 68020

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    That's because Apple's Maps are strictly for the iPhone. They're not on the web.
     
  19. Kukulcan macrumors 6502

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    No obviously not, the google images are way overexposed for the area, an obvious difference.
     
  20. planktons macrumors newbie

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    What is that Google Maps app you're using? Never seen it before.
     
  21. Kukulcan macrumors 6502

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    I don't think there are any images from Google
     
  22. planktons macrumors newbie

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    Yeah, but what app is this?

    [​IMG]
     
  23. ThisIsNotMe macrumors 68000

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    Apple really needs to adjust the labels/"zoom level".
     
  24. Kukulcan macrumors 6502

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    Oh, sorry, think he added that later, no idea, maybe google maps? Never really used the Maps on iOS much.
     
  25. matrix07 macrumors 68040

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    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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