When Apple brought its own Maps app to the iPhone in 2012, the underlying databases had a lot of problems. They didn’t include nearly as many points of interest (buildings, stores, landmarks) as Google. Addresses were sometimes wrong. Satellite view showed bridges and roads melting into the sea. In a remarkable apology letter, CEO Tim Cook recommended using one of Maps’ rivals.
But some of Maps’ features are pretty great—and now that Maps is a Mac app, too (Figure 11-18), there’s some handy synergy with the iPhone or iPad. You can look up an address on the Mac and then wirelessly shoot it over to the phone for navigation in the car, for example. Or simply walk over to your Mac; thanks to Handoff (Handoff), whatever map was on your phone is now on your Mac. And Maps’ smarts are wired into other OS X programs, like Calendar, Contacts, and Safari.