Archive for October 1, 2019

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Apple’s New Map Expands to Northeast U.S.

Justin O’Beirne:

This is the fifth time that Apple has expanded its new map since its public launch in September 2018[…]

In June 2019, Apple announced that its new map would cover “the entire U.S. by the end of 2019”[…]

With this latest expansion, Apple’s new map now covers 27.5% of the U.S.’s land area...and almost half of its population (47.2%)[…]

It definitely looks much improved in my area, though I still find Google Maps to be better.


Update (2019-10-04): See also: Hacker News, Andrew J. Hawkins.

Update (2019-10-11): Michael Love:

New Apple Maps data is out for New England and the 3D visualization tool is a really interesting way to visualize how towns are developed. For example, here’s the dividing line between Norwalk on the left and Westport on the right[…]

Deep Fusion Beta

Matthew Panzarino:

Deep Fusion is a technique that blends multiple exposures together at the pixel level to give users a higher level of detail than is possible using standard HDR imaging — especially in images with very complicated textures like skin, clothing or foilage.


According to Apple, Deep Fusion requires the A13 and will not be available on any older iPhones.

As I spoke about extensively in my review of the iPhone 11 Pro, Apple’s ‘camera’ in the iPhone is really a collection of lenses and sensors that is processed aggressively by dedicated machine learning software run on specialized hardware. Effectively, a machine learning camera.

John Gruber:

Deep Fusion only works with the telephoto and regular wide lenses — it does not work with the ultra-wide lens. Because of that, Deep Fusion is not compatible with “Photos Capture Outside the Frame”, because the outside-the-frame content is usually captured with the ultra-wide lens. So I think we now have two reasons why “Photos Capture Outside the Frame” is not turned on by default[…]


Deep Fusion is not a mode or even an option like Night Mode is — it will simply apply automatically when the Camera app thinks it should.