Apple Maps Review
Designed by Apple from the ground up, Maps gives you turn-by-turn spoken directions, interactive 3D views, and the stunning Flyover feature. All in a beautiful vector-based interface that scales and zooms with ease.
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Pro Easy on the battery
It doesn't destroy the battery as much as Google Maps or any other option.
Pro Best apple watch integration
With an apple watch paired with your iPhone, haptic feedback alerts you just a few seconds before a turn comes up. This is distinct from the audio alerts that say in 1 mile, or half a mile or even a quarter of am mile, the haptic feedback vibrates even closer to the actual turn than audio cues. The feedback is also slightly different from left turns, right turn and straight ahead. It takes time to distinguish the difference but in time you might. None of the competitors have haptic feedback close to turns. It could be due to Apple being stingy with the API or if competitors have simply not developed the feature into their apps. It makes navigating to new places much more relaxed as a deaf person since it is no longer necessary to depend so heavily on the street name, exit, or tracking the guiding line (remaining blocks) on the map as a turn comes near.
Pro Default option
It's already installed, so you don't have to install it.
Con Sans apple watch and haptic feedback, harder to navigate visually
Apple maps is not as good about lane shifts and names of streets where you need to turn. It's not possible to skip to the next turn like you can with Google Maps so as to be prepared for quick successions of turns. Terrain details are very bare while cross streets make things feel busy. Cross streets are great for learning a new city, but distracting when you're just trying to get from point A to point B.