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Apple Maps Offers New Service to Help Travelers in Airports

Apple Maps Offers New Service to Help Travelers in Airports

Tuesday, 19 December, 2017 - 06:15
Apple Maps offers new service to help travelers in airports. (Reuters)

A new feature added by Apple Inc. to its digital mapping app on smart devices using iOS operating system aims at helping travelers browse shops and restaurants located in airports easily and in no time.

Apple Maps now includes detailed maps for more than 30 airports around the world.

The list includes John F. Kennedy and LaGuardia in New York, Newark Liberty in New Jersey, and Heathrow and Gatwick in London, German news agency (dpa) reported.

The new feature allows users to ask Siri to find something nearby. They can see their location in real time with indoor positioning and easily toggle between floors.

They also can browse shops, restaurants and restaurants located within a specific terminal or the entire airport, and tap to see boarding gates, security checkpoints, check-in desks, baggage claim carousels and other areas.

The website reported that Apple in September 2012 released its own homegrown mapping program along with its iOS 6 mobile software.

The company previously had preloaded Google Maps on its devices, but tensions between the tech giants led Apple to create its own software.

The trouble was Apple Maps did not really work; iOS users immediately noticed problems with everything from navigation to simply searching for an address.

Apple apologized for the problems, fired its head of software and worked to improve its mapping app.

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