Today, consumers were pushed the newest build of iOS, iOS 6.0.1. It included a little roundabout way for iPhone 5 users to install it, as apparently there was a glitch in how it installed OTA updates. Apple figured it out though and got it all running nice and smooth. There also is a new version of Xcode for those developers out there interested. The only thing so far that Apple has really revealed about this build is that the MapKits now include a search API for developers to take advantage of the built in “points of interest” in Maps data.
The Map Kit framework now lets you programmatically search for map-based addresses and points of interest. The
MKLocalSearchclass initiates a search for map-based content using a natural language string. In other words, you can enter placename information or portions of an address and have Map Kit return search results that match the information you provide. For example, searching for the string “coffee” would return the location of local coffee bars along with information about each one.
I’m excited to see what developers make of this, and also to see what other features may be coming with this new build.
What do you think? Interested in what could be coming? Wondering when Jony Ive will start having his touch put on it? Let us know in the comments.