Angela Ahrendts’ first memo to Apple Retail employees: ‘together we will continue to enrich lives and communities’

Burberry Group Plc CEO Angela Ahrendts At The London Stock Exchange

After being on the job for approximately a month and a half, new Apple Senior VP of Retail and Online Stores Angela Ahrendts has sent her first memo to Apple Retail employees. In the memo, Ahrendts discusses Apple’s culture, her visits to stores thus far, and her plans for the future.

“I have spent most of my time getting to know and understand the many functions and teams in Cupertino, along with our short and long term initiatives. I was thrilled to meet many of you at stores in San Francisco and London this month, and I’m looking forward to Tokyo and the Omotesando opening,” Ahrendts said. “Every couple of weeks, we will be visiting stores across the world to see and learn what we do best and hear your thoughts about opportunities ahead,” she added.

We previously profiled Ahrendts plans for transforming Apple retail with a new end-to-end sales experience, mobile payment initiatives, and an increased emphasis on the Chinese consumer. Today’s memo from Ahrendts to employees reiterates many of these points… Read more

This Yves Behar-designed smart cup can tell you about your drink’s nutrition

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A partnership between famed industrial designer Yves Behar and company Mark One are today announcing the Vessyl, smart cup that seeks to track data for the nutrition in beverages. The concept sounds simple. Pour a drink into the sensor-packed Vessyl cup, and an accompanying iPhone application will instantly tell you the type of beverage (like soda or milk), the brand (perhaps Coke or Pepsi), calorie content, fat content, and sugar content…

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Live blog/analysis: Apple talks iOS 8, OS X 10.10, more at WWDC 2014

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Zac Hall | 11:47 Comparing to Python as well with massing performance difference

Zac Hall | 11:46 Federighi comparing Swift speed to Objective-C

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Zac Hall | 11:46 “The language is called Swift and it totally rules.”

Seth Weintraub | 11:46 New Programming language: Swift

Zac Hall | 11:46 New programming language… called Swift

Zac Hall | 11:46 Federighi discussing Objective-C language

Zac Hall | 11:45 Xcode: Federighi says Xcode’s latest version was downloaded 14 million times

Zac Hall | 11:45 SceneKit: new 3D scene render with integrated physics engine

Zac Hall | 11:44 SpriteKit enhancements announced

Zac Hall | 11:44 Federighi discussing SpriteKit and casual gaming on iOS

Zac Hall | 11:44 Zen Garden, game demoed showing Metal, will be available in the App Store for free alongside iOS 8

Zac Hall | 11:43 Epic Games founder and company demoing graphics using Metal 3D APIs

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Seth Weintraub | 11:39 Metal is new 3D reduces Games overhead in 3D. Up to 10x performance

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Seth Weintraub | 11:38 Cloudkit

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Seth Weintraub | 11:36 HomeKitScreenshot 2014-06-02 14.36.24 Screenshot 2014-06-02 14.36.34

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Seth Weintraub | 11:35 Camera APIs and PhotoKit

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Seth Weintraub | 11:34 Touch ID:

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Seth Weintraub | 11:33 3rd party keyboards

Seth Weintraub | 11:33 Bing Translate also built in iOS menu item

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Seth Weintraub | 11:31 Widgets demo

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Seth Weintraub | 11:30 3rd Party Widgets that can go in notifications

Seth Weintraub | 11:29 Photo Filters

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Seth Weintraub | 11:28 Extensibility will allow services from other apps.

Seth Weintraub | 11:28 4000 new Developer APIs

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Seth Weintraub | 11:27 SDK is biggest release since launch of the app store

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Seth Weintraub | 11:26 App Previews Videos

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Seth Weintraub | 11:25 App Bundles

Seth Weintraub | 11:25 Editors choice category

Seth Weintraub | 11:25 Related searches

Seth Weintraub | 11:25 Scrolling Results

Seth Weintraub | 11:25 Tim: Making App Store even better:

Explore Tab

Trending Searches

Seth Weintraub | 11:24 1.2 B Apps

300M people visit app store every week

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Seth Weintraub | 11:23 Hey Siri > OK, Google?

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Seth Weintraub | 11:22 Hey Siri,

Seth Weintraub | 11:21 New iCloud Pricing for full photos

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Seth Weintraub | 11:20 Photos for Mac
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Seth Weintraub | 11:19 Photos for Mac SHIPPING EARLY NEXT YEAR

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Seth Weintraub | 11:16 Demoing Photos

Seth Weintraub | 11:16 smart editing controls for light and color. Auto straightening cropping

Seth Weintraub | 11:16 Search Location, Time, Albums,

Seth Weintraub | 11:15 Can get at all photos in the cloud thru iPhoto

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Seth Weintraub | 11:14 Share media and Apps with Family. So get all of your wife’s media. Up to 6 family members who share same credit card.

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Seth Weintraub | 11:12 Family Sharing

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Seth Weintraub | 11:10 HealthKit not HealthBook

Seth Weintraub | 11:10 Health

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Seth Weintraub | 11:10 Passcode protection across apps

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Seth Weintraub | 11:07 Enterprise 98% of Fortune 500 companies.

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Seth Weintraub | 11:07 compatible with 3rd party devices. Screenshot 2014-06-02 14.06.47

Seth Weintraub | 11:06 iCloud Drive on iOS

Seth Weintraub | 11:05 Hair Force One jokes. Don’t get old.

Seth Weintraub | 11:03 These new features look easy enough for just about anyone to use.

Seth Weintraub | 11:03 Greg Joswiak demoing new Messaging features

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Seth Weintraub | 11:00 you can pick up calls on your iPad thru “Continuity”

Seth Weintraub | 11:00 learning is Private and on device. Lots of Languages

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Seth Weintraub | 10:59 Dinner or Movie suggestions

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Seth Weintraub | 10:59 Quicktype=predictive typing suggestions

Seth Weintraub | 10:58 Keyboard and Quicktype

Seth Weintraub | 10:58 still using google search

Seth Weintraub | 10:57 Spotlight – you can now search for Apps on App store, points of interest from Wikipedia entries. Songs, movies

Seth Weintraub | 10:57 Spotlight on iOS

Seth Weintraub | 10:56 Using quick functionalities in Mail.  Will be slightly harder to not use it now.

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Seth Weintraub | 10:54 Flicking away Phil Schiller’s Notifications.

Seth Weintraub | 10:53 Mobile safari gets a sidebar (assuming in iPad version only? Screenshot 2014-06-02 13.52.34

Seth Weintraub | 10:52 you can now reply to notifications with a pull down.

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Seth Weintraub | 10:51 pull down notifications

Seth Weintraub | 10:51 Craig’s back to talk about iOS 8….

Seth Weintraub | 10:50 iOS 8 and Dev.
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Seth Weintraub | 10:48 89% of install base was running the latest OS.

Seth Weintraub | 10:48 …for iOS 7.

Seth Weintraub | 10:48 97% Satisfaction rating from Changewave

Seth Weintraub | 10:47 nearly half of China customers switched from Android to Apple. (China Mobile might have helped a bit here)

Seth Weintraub | 10:47 Android …jokes!

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Seth Weintraub | 10:46 some math…800M! iOS devices

Seth Weintraub | 10:46 iPod Touch 100M

iPad 200M

iPhone 500M

Seth Weintraub | 10:46 Tim Cook. iOS time

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Seth Weintraub | 10:45 Summer Free Public Beta program

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Seth Weintraub | 10:45 Recap….and available today. Everyone else will get it  in the Fall….free

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Seth Weintraub | 10:44 That wasn’t uncomfortable

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Seth Weintraub | 10:42 Calling Dre

Seth Weintraub | 10:42 Demoing Phone calls. I think a big deal

Seth Weintraub | 10:40 iOS Simulator Screen shot 2 Jun 2014 18.38.13 Screenshot 2014-06-02 13.39.25

Seth Weintraub | 10:40 Phone calls on Mac via iPhone. This is a big deal if you use a Mac

Seth Weintraub | 10:39 Messages will relay SMSes to/from Mac

Seth Weintraub | 10:38 Instant Hotspot….ooohhh

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Seth Weintraub | 10:37 Swipe up on your iPad and work goes to your Mac

Seth Weintraub | 10:37 New “Handoff”

Seth Weintraub | 10:36 Applause…..

Seth Weintraub | 10:36 Airdrop works between iOS and the Mac

Seth Weintraub | 10:36 Transitions should be natural/seamless

Seth Weintraub | 10:36 “Continuity” – using the right device for the moment.

Seth Weintraub | 10:35 can draw cartoon bubbles

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Seth Weintraub | 10:34 Demoing Recent Recipients. Wonder how configurable this is. Can I have 10? 20?

Also showing some editing in mail

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Seth Weintraub | 10:31 Safari has some new video 5 Premium Video standard (sounds like HTML5) that allows longer streaming on batteriesScreenshot 2014-06-02 13.30.52

Seth Weintraub | 10:30 Safari Standards.  HTML Premium Video

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Seth Weintraub | 10:29 Tab Stacks

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Seth Weintraub | 10:29 Search now integrated with Spotlight. And sharing

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Seth Weintraub | 10:28 Safari: Looks nice!

Seth Weintraub | 10:28 Signatures in Email

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Seth Weintraub | 10:27 Mail Drop. Allows big attachments thru cloud rather than having to do manually. Up to 5GB in size. RIP Yousendit

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Seth Weintraub | 10:26 Mail in Yosemite

Seth Weintraub | 10:25 iCloud Drive

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Seth Weintraub | 10:24 search Wikipedia and news? From Spotlight. Oh, I wonder who Apple will think is News? Surely not Google

Seth Weintraub | 10:22 Spotlight is in the middle of the screen now for better or worse. Can do advanced math

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Seth Weintraub | 10:21 Messages gets a big update

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Seth Weintraub | 10:20 Giving live demo of Yosemite now.

Seth Weintraub | 10:19 Notification center has new today view

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Seth Weintraub | 10:18 NEw Notification center – Today view

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Seth Weintraub | 10:17 New Dark Mode

Seth Weintraub | 10:17 New Typography. Looks like OS 8 a little bit.

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Seth Weintraub | 10:16 Lighter, fresher

Seth Weintraub | 10:16 new UI feels more “Airy”

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Seth Weintraub | 10:14 Video playing

Seth Weintraub | 10:14 “Continuity” is about refining OSX

Seth Weintraub | 10:14 OS X Yosemite

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Seth Weintraub | 10:12 Here Comes Craig Fed

Seth Weintraub | 10:11 Compared to Windows

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Seth Weintraub | 10:11 50% of install base is on Mavericks

Seth Weintraub | 10:10 Macs 80 million. While PC industry is shrinking, Macs are growing. 40 Million copies of Mavericks. Most ever.

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Seth Weintraub | 10:10 Dev release is so huge (didn’t call it XCODE?)

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Seth Weintraub | 10:09 Here to talk about 2 platforms great updates

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Seth Weintraub | 10:08 Shoutout to the students. Youngest developer is 13

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Seth Weintraub | 10:07 started with 1 lab. Now “lots”

Seth Weintraub | 10:07 “Thanks Devs”  25th aniversary – 25 years old – started in 1990

Seth Weintraub | 10:06 Here’s Tim!

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Seth Weintraub | 10:03 “I can’t live without Grindr I mean Tinder”

Seth Weintraub | 10:03 we’re watching a commercial here. Hopefully some humans coming shortly…

Seth Weintraub | 10:01 New Commercial starts…

Seth Weintraub | 10:01 Music Stops (Coldplay obv

Seth Weintraub | 9:57 Jony, Angela, Riccio and a bunch of other PR Exec Bios folks page that won’t be presenting 
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Seth Weintraub | 9:49 Livestream is going

Seth Weintraub | 9:30 Iovine in the house, Dre notsomuch

Seth Weintraub | 9:21

Here’s your first look at OS X 10.10 Yosemite

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Seth Weintraub | 8:33 Apple Store still up….what does it all mean? Head South to the comments to discuss.

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Seth Weintraub | 8:15 Don’t forget Apple’s official Live stream of the WWDC keynote (in another window obv.). Starts in 1:45

Mark Gurman | 8:07 We are just under two hours away from the kickoff WWDC keynote, and here’s the latest news: there are cars situated inside Moscone West. This likely indicates that some significant CarPlay announcements are in-store for today. Also, some OS X 10.10 and iOS 8 APIs for developers are already appearing on some open source WebKit files. 

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We’re approximately two hours away from Apple’s major WWDC 2014 keynote address, and we’ll be providing live blogging and analysis of the event as it proceeds. We’re expecting Apple to discuss updates to iOS and OS X 10.10, with the former seeing enhancements across the system and the latter receiving a complete redesign to bring the software in line with the iOS 7 design aesthetic. You can catch our full analysis and live updates from the conference below:

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Apple inviting employees to march in annual San Francisco LGBT Pride Parade

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Apple has invited its employees through an internal memo to participate and represent the company together next month at San Francisco’s annual LGBT pride parade. Apple will host a base camp for registered attendees made up of Apple employees and their families and will supply entertainment and breakfast as well as T-shirts for participants. This year’s Pride Celebration and Parade marks the 44th annual gathering and has been host to the likes of Apple, Google, and Facebook (including CEO Mark Zuckerberg) in recent years. Read more

San Francisco gives final approval for brand-new Union Square Apple Retail Store

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Re/code reports that the city of San Francisco has finally granted Apple permission to begin work on its iconic new Union Square retail center, which the company has said will be “more iconic than the glass cube in New York City.” The store, pictured in the rendering above, has been in the works for almost a year as the city insisted upon various changes to preserve historic elements and allow for improved accessibility.

The store will replace Apple’s existing Stockton Street location, adding about fifty new jobs in the process. Apple’s new building will feature a two-floor design with 23-foot glass sliding doors and a plaza behind the store that will be shared with the hotel next door with free Wi-Fi to visitors.

The iconic Ruth Asawa fountain behind the store will be relocated (slightly) to accommodate the design of the plaza, which caused some concern among members of the city’s planning commission, though Apple has assured the city that the fountain will be entirely preserved during the process.

More renderings of the gorgeous new store can be found below:

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New renderings show proposed Union Square Apple Store with 23-foot sliding glass doors

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A set of new renderings of the proposed Union Square Apple retail location was presented to the San Francisco Planning Department this week that show an updated design for the store’s entrance. The new renders depict the store with massive 23-foot wide sliding glass doors (which measure nearly 45 feet tall each) that a large section of the storefront to open to the street.

Regular-sized doors on either side of the larger ones will allow customers to come and go if the main doors are closed.

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Apple presents updated 3D model of upcoming Downtown San Francisco store to city’s Historical Preservation Commission

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Earlier this year, Apple announced that it would be relocating its flagship Downtown San Francisco to the Union Square District. The new store, with a fully glass front, would be larger, and it would be able to serve more customers and employee more workers. Since then, the new store design came under scrutiny from San Francisco officials because it would remove a famous fountain designed by Ruth Asawa.

In late August, Apple submitted redesigned renderings of the upcoming store that retain the historical fountain. The new renderings also showed a tweaked front glass panel that would relocate the iconic Apple logo to the brushed metal, street-facing side of the store. Now, we’ve learned that Apple has presented a 3D model of the upcoming store’s design to the City of San Francisco’s Historic Preservation Commission…

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Apple to hold London satellite stream of Oct. 22 event, private stream for employees

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Earlier today, Apple announced that it will be holding its fall event on October 22nd. The event will take place at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, California. However, like in some past years, Apple will hold a simultaneous event to cater to media not located in the United States.

For its September 10 iPhone event, Apple held simultaneous satellite streams in Berlin, Tokyo, and Beijing. For the upcoming event, the stream will be held in London, according to members of international media invited to the stream. The London-based event will begin at 6PM local time and it will be held at the Kings Place Hall. This hall fits a few hundred people.

It is likely that the London stream will also offer an opportunity for local journalists to try out the new devices. We’re expecting an iPad mini with Retina display, redesigned full-sized iPad, new Macs, and talk of OS X Mavericks, so there will be plenty in store for the demo area…

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Apple announces Tech Talks for 2013, focus on iOS 7

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In April 2013, when WWDC sold out in a matter of minutes, Apple said that they would hold tech talks later in the year. Apple has now sent out the details for these events, with a clear focus on getting developers up to speed with iOS 7.

The talks are going to be held in San Francisco, New York, Tokyo, Shanghai, Berlin and London. Unusually, Apple is holding two events in each city this year, one for app development and one dedicated to game development. Topics revolve around the new API’s in iOS 7, to further encourage developer adoption of the new technologies. The talks are being held across October, November and December.

Registered developers must apply by September 27th 2013, if they want to attend. Developers can attend either the app developer day or the game developer day, not both.

China Mobile said to be ‘keen’ on selling iPhone, issues that remain are ‘commercial and technical’

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China Mobile Chairman Xi Guohua

China Mobile, the world’s largest Telecom with close to 700M subscribers, reported mixed earnings today on slow growth of its smartphone business relative to its competitors which both carry the iPhone. Chairman Xi Guohua noted this and said that talks with Apple on carrying the iPhone were progressing.

“Both sides sounded keen (during recent talks),” Xi told a news conference after announcing the company’s first-half results.

“Good progress was made in preparing for the commercialization of TD-LTE,” Xi said, referring to 4G “long-term evolution” network technology that may support newer iPhone models.

Dow Jones’ Paul Mozur noted the remaining issues to be worked out:

Working out the hurdles and signing up the world’s largest telecom would obviously be a big win for Apple and CEO Tim Cook, who would probably love to announce the carrier relationship at the upcoming September 10th iPhone event in San Francisco.   Read more

Google previews upcoming iOS features in Google Maps app

Google-maps-explore-iosAs reported on 9to5Google last night, Google is rolling out a huge update to its maps app for Android but they are also promising the updates will hit iOS ‘soon’.

  • Designed for tablets: A dedicated tablet design brings all the features of this new app to Android tablets and iPads, which makes exploring the world from the comfort of your living room much more fluid, smooth and fun.
  • Enhanced navigation: In addition to current traffic conditions, we’ve added two new features to help you navigate around traffic. You can now see reports of problems on the road that you can tap to see incident details [Hello Waze]. While on the road, Google Maps will also alert you if a better route becomes available and reroute you to your destination faster. This feature is available only on Android and is coming soon to iOS.
  • Reviews, Zagat and Offers: There’s a new 5.0 star rating system that gives you a quick read on how your friends and others rate places like restaurants, bars and cafes. For an expert’s opinion, the Zagat badge of excellence and curated lists are integrated into search results so you can quickly spot the very best places. From “Best Restaurants to meet for a drink in NYC” to “Best Restaurants in the Mission” in San Francisco, Zagat’s there to help you uncover the local gems.

There’s also a lot of housecleaning, including retiring Latitude (another one bites the dust!) and some changes to offline and My Maps.

The updated Android app looks a lot like the Maps app Google released for iOS at the end of last year (prominent reviewers called the iOS Maps app much better than Android’s Maps app). Another interesting fun fact: Because carriers and manufacturers are so slow to update Android, only 60% of Android users will be able to use the new maps (Android 4.03+ only), while over 90% of iOS users are on iOS 6+, which will get the new features. Read more