Apple is rebuilding Apple Maps for the United States to add more details and accuracy, and it just rolled out for users in New York City.
The iOS 13 update is starting to appear for most folks. It’s packed with a lot of great features, and we’ll list the major ones here.
Check out this detailed look at Apple Maps in iOS 13 at MacStories. New features, a new look, and an aggressive move to make Apple Maps rival or beat Google Maps, make this a significant upgrade, and MacStories lay it all out.
Timed with the spread of its first-party mapping data, Apple is giving the Maps app a big upgrade in iOS 13 that represents the company’s biggest push yet to overtake Google Maps as the world’s most trusted, go-to mapping service. Apple Maps in iOS 13 represents – if you’re in the US at least – Apple’s purest vision to date for a modern mapping service. Here’s everything that it brings.
The DuckDuckGo Apple Maps integration has been updated for enhanced search, like maps re-querying, local autocomplete, and more.
I was happy to see the integration and look forward to these updates. Apple is a good partnership for DuckDuckGo.
Mercury Intermedia dived into Apple Maps iconography to give us a history of it, and how it has changed over the years with each iOS update.
Apple’s Indoor Survey app helps businesses add Apple’s Indoor Positioning in their stores. It’s been recently updated and redesigned.
Now that the Mac Pro has been announced, it’s time to put it into perspective against the 2017 iMac Pro.
As part of its ongoing effort to rebuild Apple Maps, Apple has added detailed terrain features to the U.S. states Arizona and New Mexico as well as the southern portion of Nevada, including the city of Las Vegas.
Previously, Apple published more detailed map data in northern, then southern California as well as Hawaii. The effort has been ongoing since 2015.
Bloomberg’s Gerrit De Vynck writes:
Service was mostly ad-free for years. That’s changing now.
Company looks beyond ‘utility’ navigation for new ad revenue.
Suddenly charging for something free — or slipping ads into formerly uncluttered services — are rare and risky steps for Google. But parent Alphabet Inc. has shareholders to please and revenue growth targets to hit. Maps is the next, big service the company is leaning on to achieve those goals.
Thank goodness for Apple Maps.
Yesterday Andrew discovered something new in iOS: AQI in Apple Maps. It’s a new feature that came with iOS 12.2. Here’s what it means.
The Russian State Duma is asking why Sevastopol, the largest city in Crimea, is displayed on Apple Maps as being part of Ukrainian territory.
Apple has redesigned the Apple Maps image collection page featuring a list of locations the company will survey in the future.
Transit directions and indoor maps for Apple Maps have widely expanded to more states.
Apple Maps transit directions are expanding to Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and Finland. This is the biggest combined update so far.
Private search provider DuckDuckGo announced it will use Apple Maps to power location-based searches.
Turn-by-turn navigation on Apple Maps finally made it to India this week, as did the ability to order an Uber from within the app.
It’s possible this happened a while ago, but Apple updated its Feature Availability page with the information.
Waze attributes much of its success to Apple, because of the Apple Maps debacle back in 2012, and celebrates an annual Tim Cook day.
Apple Maps is collecting pedestrian level data in California. On Friday, a man wearing a Lidar rig, GPS and multiple cameras as well as an Apple Maps backpack, was spotted in San Francisco, according to MacRumors. On its website, Apple said [via AppleInsider] that Pedestrian teams will be in a number of California counties. While cars conducting mapping are not such a rare site spotted in Los Angeles earlier in the week, but as MacRumors noted: “This is the first time we’ve seen someone collecting mapping data on foot.”
Apple’s Search Ad business (App Store) alone could be worth US$2 billion by 2020.