But Apple ain’t giving up, and a newly discovered patent submission shows the Californians are considering functionality similar to Google Maps’ Street View. To be fair, it actually sounds quite interesting.
With its ‘3D Position Tracking for Panoramic Imagery Navigation’ document, Apple addresses what it presumably thinks are several shortcomings with Google Maps.
For starters, instead of jumping around panoramic intersections, Apple proposes to adopt sensor-based navigation, specifically making use of the accelerometer, gyroscope and cameras.
Another feature invites several users to combine devices in order to increase the viewing area. That’d definitely be interesting to see in a tech demo environment, but we can’t see gangs of people joining up for real-life Street View action.
Finally, perhaps most intriguing of all, is the notion of being able to “walk into” a shop, and "selecting an object for purchase”. Virtual shopping, essentially.
Some interesting ideas, for sure, but it remains to be seen if they evolve into something real. Seems like a heck of a lot of work for something that’d presumably be exclusive to iOS devices, where many users prefer tried-and-tested Google Maps.
via: Apple Insider