The iPhone 5 has been unveiled. As widely predicted, its all-new design features a thinner metal case, a larger screen, and a new connector. It also packs iOS 6, which includes Apple’s Maps, Apple’s new proprietary mapping and navigation app and the replacement for Google Maps on iOS.
To welcome the iPhone 5, ALK have optimised CoPilot Live for its new taller screen for an a better widescreen navigation experience. They have also integrated with Apple’s Maps in iOS 6. A user will be able to find and select a location on Apple’s Maps and then navigate there using CoPilot’s offline, voice-guided, turn-by-turn GPS guidance. As with all CoPilot apps, CoPilot’s maps are stored on the phone for use when there is no mobile or data connection available.
Why CoPilot Live will embrace Apple Maps
“We’ve spent the past decade evangelising that smartphones are the ideal platform for GPS navigation and the new iPhone will surely further the cause,” says David Quin, ALK’s head of consumer applications. “We’ve found that a rising tide lifts all boats. While many have predicted that Apple’s Maps signals the end for third-party iOS GPS apps, our experience with Android and Google Maps Navigation indicates differently. These built-in GPS apps are great at educating the consumer to the possibilities of GPS navigation on their smartphones. When these same consumers are ready for greater variety of features or the security of on-board navigation, they are comfortable enough with the technology and will choose a premium GPS app, like CoPilot Live.”
ALK will be introducing iPhone 5 compatibility and Apple’s Maps integration via a free app update shortly. South Africa will also receive a significant upgrade in the coming weeks. Right now iOS6 does not yet feature turn by turn navigation for South Africa, so we are still best served by a first rate GPS app like CoPilot.