Apple rebuilding Maps in massive overhaul, first results appearing in next iOS 12 beta

Apple rebuilding Maps in massive overhaul, first results appearing in next iOS 12 beta | 9to5Mac:

TechCrunch has published a new piece detailing Apple’s massive effort to rebuild Apple Maps from the ground up — specifically the mapping data — with a combination of iPhones and those Apple Maps vans we’ve seen on the road for years.

The results of this effort will show up first in the next iOS 12 beta for new mapping data for San Francisco and the Bay Area before expanding to Northern California later in the year. Ultimately, the end goal for the new Apple Maps is to be based entirely on Apple-collected data and not a combination of external data providers.

Apple to Unveil High-End AirPods, Over-Ear Headphones For 2019

Apple to Unveil High-End AirPods, Over-Ear Headphones For 2019 – Bloomberg:

Slated for 2019, the earbuds will likely cost more than the existing $159 pair, and that could push Apple to segment the product line like it does with iPhones, one of the people said. Apple is also working on a wireless charging case that’s compatible with the upcoming AirPower charger.

The company has also internally discussed adding biometric sensors to future AirPods, like a heart-rate monitor, to expand its health-related hardware offerings beyond the Apple Watch, another person said. The current AirPods will be refreshed later this year with a new chip and support for hands-free Siri activation, Bloomberg News reported.

There are over-ear headphones coming from Apple, too. Those will compete with pricey models from Bose Corp. and Sennheiser. They will use Apple branding and be a higher-end alternative to the company’s Beats line.

The Calmest iPhone Yet

“This past week I was in California for WWDC. I got to watch the keynote with several friends, and all throughout the week as we would be talking about what our favorite announcement was from Monday’s Keynote, my answer was always this: The improvements to Do Not Disturb.”
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