The Where To? 10.9.3 update released today introduces support for Universal Links top open Where To? place links right within the app instead of the website. We also worked on the loading performance to make results appear more quickly. This is especially noticeable in categories such as post boxes, national parks, playgrounds and more. Then we improved the zooming behavior when results are initially loaded. In previous versions the map sometimes zoomed several times while loading the results. Now we zoom just once when all results are loaded.
In Where To? we put a lot of effort in respecting your privacy. This means, we never sell user location profiles – or even create them in the first place. So far, we still asked for “Always” location permission as soon as you wanted to create location alarms to notify you once you arrive at or leave from a certain place. In 10.9.3 we changed that functionality to use a newer API and thus no longer require “Always” location permission. As a consequence, we removed that permission from the app entirely and only ask for your location while the app is in use.
The update also supports sending your destination info to the “TwoGo” app, an interesting car pooling app. TwoGo allows to share or ask for a ride with users traveling in the same direction. In contrast to Uber, Lyft and the likes, TwoGo riders only pay a nominal fee to the driver covering gas and car wear and tear. The platform is financed by large companies encouraging their employees to share rides and thus saving valuable parking space. You can find more information on B2RIDE.
Streets 4.1 has landed on the App Store. The update improves support for Apple’s new devices such as the Apple Watch series 4, the iPhone XS, XS max, and XR as well as the new generation of iPad Pro with Face ID.
Streets now also supports Google’s Plus Code aka Open Location Code for easy location sharing. In the search field, you can enter a Plus Code to go to the location it specifies. And in the panorama share sheet, you can copy the Plus Code to the clipboard.
Grab the Streets 4.1 update from the App Store and if you’re in a good mood, treat us with a ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ rating ❤️!
Where To? 10.9.1 is now available. It supports Spotlight search continuation: When you search for something using the system-wide search, there’s now an option to “Search in App” which continues the search right in the Where To? app.
Where To? 10.9.1 also includes a new round of bug fixes and improves the “Suggest an Edit” feature that now lets you specify the original listing when you report a duplicate. You can also propose additional categories where the listing should be found. So if you find some inaccuracies in Where To? listings, please let us know!
A new Where To? update is available. Where To? 10.9 includes a completely rewritten watch app that is optimized for watchOS 5 and supports the upcoming Apple Watch Series 4 with its larger displayed area and round screen bezels. Apple Watch owners with a cellular device will appreciate that Where To? for Apple Watch doesn’t need to be tethered to the iPhone anymore. So you can find the next restaurant just from your watch while you’re on the go without your iPhone.
In addition to the new watch app, we also made sure that Where To? runs fine on iOS 12, including iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR.
We also worked hard on improving the data quality and fixed a ton of 🐞 bugs.
Finally, Where To? now supports the MinRejseplan app for public transport directions in 🇩🇰 Denmark.
🎉 We’re celebrating the 10 year anniversary of Where To? on the App Store!
The App Store first opened its doors 10 years ago, on July 10, 2008. And Where To? was one of the first 500 apps. I remember the excitement when we were finally able to install apps on our iPhones and didn’t have to get away with Steve Jobs’ “sweet solution” relying on more-or-less crappy web apps.
Or does anyone remember how we had to install and license apps on Symbian or Palm-based phones and PDAs before? There was no central store so we had to download from vendor websites and then go through a painful licensing process, sometimes involving premium SMS for payment. The App Store really was a breakthrough for app distribution on mobile phones. It ignited an explosion of available apps covering almost all aspects of daily life.
The last 10 years have been an amazing journey, so I’d like to invite you to a time travel over the past decade visiting Where To?’s major milestones. By the way, there’s a little gift at the end!
July 10, 2008
Where To? 1.0 is launched as one of the first 500 apps on the App Store. The first three months of its existence, the app is sold under the tap tap tap brand.
FutureTap acquires the Where To? app with all its assets for $70,000. The app is available again in the App Store including a German localization.
The App Store crosses the mark of 10,000 apps.
April 27, 2009
The app is now localized in 8 languages: 🇺🇸🇬🇧🇩🇪🇫🇷🇮🇹🇪🇸🇵🇹🇬🇷
Later, we’ll add: 🇧🇷🇯🇵🇳🇱🇹🇷
June 8, 2009
Where To? is featured in various sessions at WWDC 2009 & iPhone TechTalk World Tour for its nice, tactile user interface design.
August 8, 2009
In iPhone OS 3, Apple added MapKit allowing developers to add maps to their apps. Where To? 2.0 immediately jumped on board.
Supporting third party apps
December 4, 2009
As one of the first apps, Where To? collaborates with third party apps starting with Navigon for turn-by-turn directions. Over the course of the years, support for more than 60 different apps is added supporting car, pedestrian and public transport navigation. Today, Navigon is no longer available on the App Store.
At this time, the App Store counts more than 100k apps.
New Leather Theme
July 29, 2010
Where To? 3.0 is optimized for the iPhone 4 with Retina display and gets a new leather theme throughout the whole app.
Apple features Where To? as “App Of The Week” and later that year in “iTunes Rewind”.
Ratings & Reviews
November 12, 2011
Ratings and reviews are added to place listings in Where To? 4.0.
Favorite Places & iCloud Sync
June 21, 2012
Favorite places, dinner menus, iCloud sync and more is added in Where To? 5.0. A black translucent share sheet is added just months before Apple adds a similarly styled system-wide share-sheet in iOS 6.
December 19, 2012
In addition to the ever-growing list of third party navigation apps, Where To? 6.0 comes with built-in directions for car, bike, and pedestrian navigation.
Where To? Gets a Little Sister
February 21, 2013
“Street View” (later renamed to “Streets“) for iPhone and iPad is launched on the App Store.
At the end of 2013, more than 1 million apps are available on the App Store.
September 4, 2014
Every brick in the app was turned in a radical UI redesign: The leather theme was replaced by a modern, flat, and fluid UI design, suitable for iOS 7 and beyond.
September 18, 2014
Where To? for Pebble is released. The companion app helps with last mile navigation leveraging the Pebble’s hardware compass. Meanwhile, Pebble was acquired by FitBit and the smart watches are no longer on the market.
Apple Watch App
April 2, 2015
Just in time for the launch of Apple Watch, Where To? is available in a miniaturized version for the new gadget.
Apple Watch takes the smart watch market by storm and independent players such as Pebble soon begin to struggle.
Those first ten years were an amazing ride. And we’ve a ton of great stuff in the pipeline for you. Here’s to the next ten years!
What about the gift, you may ask? We’re celebrating Where To?’s 10 year anniversary with an extraordinary sale: Where To? is available for just 99 cents ($2.99, 3.49€)1. If you’re not on board yet, grab your copy now, gift it to a dear friend, or share it with the world!
On sale for 0.99 USD, 0.99 EUR, or your equivalent local currency, for a limited time.
We’re happy to release a major Streets update today. We’ve worked quite a while on making the Street View browsing experience even more delightful and fun.
iPad users rejoice over the Drag-and-Drop support we added in Streets 4. You can now drag a pin location from the Maps app, a contact, or a textual address into the Streets app to find nearby panoramas. Even geotagged photos can be dropped in Streets to find 360° spherical images near the photo location. So if you’re not happy with the quality of a photo you took, just drag it in Streets to find photos from other users shared on Street View!
Street View panoramas and map locations can also be shared with other apps using drag and drop. For instance, you can attach a Street View panorama of a meeting place to an email or note. Or just drag a panorama or map location into the Maps app to get directions. To share the panorama and the map link with a VCF attachment in Mail, drag the panorama image and the map pin (first entry in the overlay, named “Apple Fifth Avenue” in the screenshot) separately. You can also drag the bubble above a map pin.
With the new Live Panorama mode, virtually traveling abroad is even more immersive and fun. Turn around in the panoramic scene simply by rotating the device!
Finally, Streets 4 is optimized for iOS 11 and fully supports the iPhone X, in either portrait or landscape orientation.
Download the Streets 4.0 update now. Have fun and remember: You can do us a huge favor by dropping a ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ rating!
Increased the number of restaurants with table reservation (🇩🇪 only)
Bug fixes and stability improvements
We also ramped up the number of supported directions apps. By popular request, we added back DB Navigator, the routing and ticketing app of Deutsche Bahn. In total, we added 16 new directions apps for public transport routing all over the world:
Recently, I was wondering why Where To? on iPhone X didn’t show the activity indicator in the status bar while it was fetching places from the network. I discovered that iPhone X actually doesn’t display the system network activity indicator. Apple writes in the Human Interface Guidelines:
On devices without edge-to-edge displays, a network activity indicator spins in the status bar at the top of the screen as networking occurs.
So the iPhone X, iPhone XS and XR simply don’t show the network activity indicator at all. While I consider this a bug and submitted a Radar (🐞 UIActivityIndicatorView should be shown on iPhone X) for it, I needed a solution.
I remembered that in an early beta of the iPhone X Simulator, I saw a K.I.T.T. scanner-style indicator with a linear gradient that was placed above or below the status bar items:
So I decided to implement this kind of indicator. It’s placed in the right “ear”, above the status bar icons. It’s convenient to use by simply “fixing” the existing network activity indicator on iPhone X/XS/XR. So apps using the network activity indicator continue to work as usual but also display the indicator on iPhone models with a notch. In addition, it can also be used as a standalone indicator view and tinted with a custom color.
The indicator is available as open source on GitHub and as a CocoaPod. Feel free to use it in your own apps!
The next Where To? update will of course use this as well to fix the missing activity indicator on iPhone X.