Apple Wants To Make Navigation Like A Friend Reading You Directions

Apple has filed for a patent titled “Humanized Navigation Instructions for Mapping Applications.” It’s exactly what it sounds like, nixing voice prompts that say, “turn right in 600 feet” to “make the next right after the McDonalds.” And it could explain its fleet of sensor-laden minivans.
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Apple’s New Trackpad Might Be The Solution To The Touchscreen Problem

I took the advice of a former colleague this weekend and endured the hoards at an Apple Store to check out one of the most mundane things imaginable: a trackpad. I pressed down and it clicked, as expected. But it didn’t actually “click,” it just felt that way. First thought: Neat! Second thought: I wonder if this… » 3/24/15 7:35pm 3/24/15 7:35pm

Things Car Makers Would Say If They Wanted To Be More Like Apple

So, Apple just had their big event thing where they showed off their incredible ability to remove ports from laptops and make some $10,000 wrist walkie-talkies. Apple puts on a good show, and automakers probably paid attention. Which might mean we'll start hearing car companies start saying stuff like this. » 3/10/15 7:30pm 3/10/15 7:30pm

​Why You Won't Be Able To Buy An Apple Car

Apple probably isn't getting into the car business. At least not in the way we know it today. It's getting into the mobility business, where you dial up a ride on your smartphone, Uber-style, get to where you're going and move on with your life. No monthly payments, no insurance, no maintenance and repairs. That's… » 2/25/15 12:02pm 2/25/15 12:02pm

Why Is Chevrolet Sending Their Dealers To Disney?

Many of you who have gone car shopping have encountered some interesting characters on the sales-floor. But for the past four years Chevrolet has been taking advice from Mickey Mouse and Goofy in order to make your car-buying experience more pleasant. I guess it really is a small world after all. » 2/19/15 7:25pm 2/19/15 7:25pm

Apple Has Not Registered An Autonomous Car In California

There's been, to use the technical mathematical term, a crapload of speculation recently that Apple is developing a self-driving car. Almost all of this is stemming from one lousy picture of a sensor-and-camera-laden minivan. Never mind that the van is rigged for mapping, or any "facts" like that — Apple isn't… » 2/17/15 2:05pm 2/17/15 2:05pm

Please, Apple--Anyone--Fix My Shitty "Smart" Car 

The last time I was in a nice new car, the in-car display tried to take us to an incorrect address 40 miles away. It took fifteen minutes to enter a new address. It tried to make a call accidentally. The state of the "smart" car is horrendous—like, bad infomercial horrendous—and it's time for someone to fix it. » 2/15/15 11:00am 2/15/15 11:00am

Apple Really Is Working on a Car, Claims Wall Street Journal

The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple has hundreds of people working on a top secret project: an electric minivan. The massive undertaking, codenamed "Titan", is expected to last years, and it's entirely possible that Apple will abandon it. But if it doesn't, Steve Jobs's iCar dream will finally come true. » 2/13/15 6:42pm 2/13/15 6:42pm