• Sep 13, 2012
The big news yesterday in the tech world (and most of the rest of the world) was the debut of the iPhone 5. If you have not yet been left with a feeling of inferiority due to your current device, this should put you over the top. The new iPhone will come with the Apple Maps app. Maps is Apple's rebuttal to the hugely popular Google Maps, and comes with a host of functionality.

One of the key features of the app is turn-by-turn navigation with voice prompts from Siri. Just like an in-car navigation system, as you approach a turn, a 3D view appears to better show the user where to turn. This may ruffle a few feathers at the wireless service providers, as many already offer paid-subscription navigation apps, such as AT&T Navigator, VZ Navigator and Sprint Navigation. According to Apple, you can use Siri to search for a destination and engage the navigation system, all by voice command.

Maps also offers real-time traffic data much like an advanced in-car GPS system. This will give users the option to select alternate routes as a way to bypass heavy traffic. The app also has a flyover feature that lets a user view a 3D replication of the map, with major landmarks presented in high resolution.

This is all well and good, but Apple also announced the new Lightning connector, which replaces the 30-pin connector to which we have become accustomed, and is more of a mixed bag in terms of in-car connectivity.

The new connector still works with USB ports, so any automaker that employs such an outlet in its vehicles will have no issue. Several automakers, however, have connection ports specifically built for the 30-pin connector. Apple will offer an adaptor for that setup, but that may not be enough.

The new 8-pin connector is fully digital, and is not able to transmit analog signals. Kia. Hyundai and older BMW models feature a connector that sends both USB and eighth-inch analog signals through the 30-pin connector. It appears Apple's adaptor will not work with the connectors provided by these vehicles.

The new app will be available with iOS 6, which is standard on the new iPhone 5. It will also be made available to compatible devices on Sept 19.


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      ngiotta
      • 2 Years Ago
      Typical Autoblog writing a story about the iPhone, but skipping any story about the updated map functionality that came with Android's Jelly Bean launch. Never mind that Android has 68% of the market share... I can see skipping any mention of the maps in the vastly superior Nokia 920 (definitely my next phone) because WP has a small slice of the pie, but iPhone? Seriously... iPhone has 17% market share and has resorted to frivolous lawsuits to even hang on to that much. We don't care.
        mojonaut
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ngiotta
        17% of the market share... From ONE manufacturer.
      Muttons
      • 2 Years Ago
      They need to tell me one thing before they get my dollars. Does it fully utilize bluetooth profiles to allow for transmission of texts, contact photos, and music info over bluetooth to car infotainment systems. Current iphones do not while many other phones have had that capability for years.
      inthelv
      • 2 Years Ago
      Iphone people get these raging boners over a phone, weird.
      lostjr
      • 2 Years Ago
      In one of the Apple demo videos of the nav, Siri says to take a left off Mission on to 4th (in San Francisco). Left turn is not legal there.
      michigan
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nice apple advertisement by auto blog
      teknishn
      • 2 Years Ago
      This information isn't entirely correct. The Lightning adapter that Apple is selling for the iPhone 5 does have a DAC (digital to analog converter). This is also why the adapter is so costly. It should work fine for car stereos and other speaker accessories. What the adapter won't do is video or ipod out. Ipod out is the ability of your car stereo to actually control the phones ipod interface. You will have your audio out, but you will have to navigate and select music from the phone and not the head unit. I actually prefer this anyway.
      Marco
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Apple Lightning adaptor has a DAC builtin, so there's no problem with any car system.
      KAG
      • 2 Years Ago
      Turn by turn, had that two years ago with my cheap phone.
        Paul Smith
        • 2 Years Ago
        @KAG
        My 3 year old htc legend had turn by turn navigation and about 8 months ago it got upgraded to 3d maps and its all voice guided, my mate who has an iphone couldnt believe when he hit the mic on search and it started talking back saying its found the destination is is takeing us there, he couldnt believe it because it was as an old phone. HIS WORDS WERE IM IMPRESSED, but android always does things quietly not like the fanfare of apple,
      Ducman69
      • 2 Years Ago
      Are you kidding me? Samsung comes out with a fantastic new phone, the media could care less. Apple creates some incrementally small update to the iPhone and now even Autoblog, a site about CARS, has to post about it? I've never seen Garmin's latest and greatest next generation GPS's touted on Autoblog, so the GPS excuse is defunct. Seriously, does Apple pay you guys or are your editors Mac fanbois or what?
        Sir Duke
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ducman69
        Yep, I'm sure Samsung got rave reviews in S. Korea. Now if they could learn to build a TV that's worth a damn. I owned three Sony's, I still have two and gave away the other one. My first Samsung ended up in the recycle yard before it was 5 years old, the second one is sitting in the basement waiting to join the first one. I own a Garmin device, and is not miffed about this.
        samagon0
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ducman69
        not only is it incrementally small, but it catches up to what the competition has been doing for almost 3 years. automotive sites need to stick to their schtick, or at least understand they aren't selling something new to the smartphone market.
          John S
          • 2 Years Ago
          @samagon0
          So now that Apple has a larger screen, do the other cell phone manufacturers get to sue Apple because they copied their larger screens?
        El Duque
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ducman69
        any article related to anything Apple there's always comments like yours. You blast autoblog for being Mac fanboys, but you should like an Apple hater yourself. The fact is iPhone is very popular and many manufacturers have built in cables and compatibility into their head units. Some people are probably concerned about the new connector. Autoblog didn't create this article because they hate you or Android phones. Any manufacturer who included the 30 pin connector probably did it wrong. USB is really the way to go IMO. That said, I've used the new Turn by Turn directions, and it's pretty cool. Allows me to have a nice GPS navigation anytime.
          Tweaker
          • 2 Years Ago
          @El Duque
          Your right, but the more pertinent fact is, Android is used on more phones. So why are we being pushed in the other direction by car manufacturers?
        Steve
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ducman69
        Keep in mind most new cars now a days come with iPhone integration, and no integration for Android phones (including Samsung Galaxy line). Also future cars will be integrated with "Siri" (the Siri button on the steering wheel), so it is natural to have blogs like these.
          quuppa70
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Steve
          most? hehe, I dont know any
          Steve
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Steve
          maybe you live under the rock, cause new Nissans, BMWs, Audis, and ... support it. I'm not playing your Android-iOS pissing contest. I'm just stating the facts.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ducman69
        [blocked]
      miketim1
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hardly better then the Iphone 4s... what a let down. Im already looking forward to the 5s because this release was so underwhelming. Guessing im gettin the Galaxy S3.
        LynxFX
        • 2 Years Ago
        @miketim1
        I've had my Galaxy S3 for a couple months now. Definitely my favorite smartphone I've had so far. It will be even nicer once Jellybean is released on it. AB, shouldn't the title really be "iPhone 5 is last major smartphone to receive native turn-by-turn navigation." My Palm Pre from over 3 years ago had turn-by-turn nav, for free.
        WillieD
        • 2 Years Ago
        @miketim1
        Check out the Nokia Lumia 920. It's pretty dang nice and is actually innovative.
          teknishn
          • 2 Years Ago
          @WillieD
          Innovative? How? Its got all the same kit as basically every other phone out there. Oh and its also the heaviest damn phone Ive ever seen. Its an absolute heffer in weight next to Apple and Samsung.... and basically everyone for that matter.
      WillieD
      • 2 Years Ago
      The new iPhone is so underwhelming. And I don't know why Apple can't just have a micro USB port like every other company has.
        Jake
        • 2 Years Ago
        @WillieD
        How would they sell you additional $$$$$$ worth of accessories if they did that?
          Jake
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Jake
          You won't be cool and trendy if you buy from someone else. Why else are you buying an iPhone?
          WillieD
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Jake
          Yup, that's Apple for ya.
          Gorgenapper
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Jake
          dealextreme and/or monoprice
      protovici
      • 2 Years Ago
      And what is the big news about???? Yep, marketing at its best. Turn-by-turn nav...... not new in a phone.
        montoym
        • 2 Years Ago
        @protovici
        Agreed. I've been able to do all that with my Android for a few years now (I've only had a smartphone for a few years). As I read through that list, I just kept telling myself, "Already have that, already have that" over and over. The navigation aspect is actually one of my favorite parts of my Android phone. It's come in handy many, many times. One of my iPhone using friends actually was quite impressed with the navigation capabilities of my phone compared to hers.
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