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Apple Plans To Build Its New And Improved Version Of Maps

The new product will launch in San Francisco and the Bay Area

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To offers its users a better navigation tool, Apple is reportedly re-building its Maps platform by using data collected by iPhones and a fleet of cars parked with sensors and cameras.

The new product will launch in San Francisco and the Bay Area with the next iOS 12 beta and will cover Northern California by autumn, Techcrunch reported on Saturday.

The updated maps, which have been in the making for four years now, will eventually be available on all versions of iOS, it added.

Besides making the maps more visually rich, Apple is designing them to be more responsive to changes in roadways and construction and give users a detailed view of various things on their way including more detailed ground cover, foliage, pools and pedestrian pathways.

“We have been working on trying to create what we hope is going to be the best map app in the world, taking it to the next step. That is building all of our own map data from the ground up,” Apple’s Senior Vice President Eddy Cue was quoted as saying.

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Apple’s Maps has been a major concern for users since the very beginning of its launch. Despite its efforts to patch holes from time to time, many users felt the maps had scope for improvement.

Also read: Apple Launches its Free Schoolwork App For Teachers

Eventually, Apple will no longer rely on third-party data to provide the basis for its maps, which has been one of its major pitfalls from the beginning, the Techcrunch report added. (IANS)

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Apple Makes a Deal with Amazon, Which is Win-Win Game For Both

Amazon's volume sweet spot is in the much lower price tiers

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Aiming to boost sales in the wake of weaker-than-expected demand for new iPhone models, Apple has sealed a deal with retail giant Amazon to sell its range of products which is a win-win game for both the tech titans, market research firm Counterpoint Research has said.

According to Counterpoint, the move would allow the Cupertino-based giant to better manage pricing, warranties and the overall customer experience.

Third party vendors who are selling on Amazon’s platform will be phased out by January 2019, Maurice Klaehne, Research Analyst, Counterpoint Research, wrote in a post on Sunday.

“Apple is attempting to regain control over its iPhone sales on one of the biggest online channels. Third party vendors were selling on Amazon and it was near impossible for Apple to control the supply chain, assure quality control, price,” Klaehne added.

The move is likely to affect the third party vendors who sell new and refurbished Apple products on the e-commerce platform.

“Not only will this affect many smaller businesses in terms of iPhone sales, their service offerings will also be affected. The refurbished and repair market will also take a hit as companies will either have to move off the Amazon platform or go through the authorisation process,” noted Klaehne.

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The retail major would gain with the agreement.

Amazon does not compete with its own hardware or bundling opportunities directly with phones, wearables or even directly with tablets; Amazon’s Kindle Fire range is aimed at a different segment than the iPad.

The agreement gives Amazon sales and analytics on a segment of the phone market it has hitherto had limited information on-the premium/flagship market, according to Counterpoint.

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Amazon’s volume sweet spot is in the much lower price tiers.

Counterpoint estimated the weighted average selling price (ASP) of phones selling on Amazon to be under $250. (IANS)