Apple started rolling out a brand new, extra feature-rich model of Apple Maps in 2018, however on the time it was restricted to only some choose elements of Northern California. This yr, it has been extending the brand new Maps out to extra of the nation — and now, with the addition of extra Midwest and Western states, it lastly blankets greater than half of the U.S.
Apple says that the up to date model of Maps will come to the remainder of the nation earlier than the top of the yr. In the present day, the rollout contains states like Colorado, Utha, Nevada, Wyoming, Idaho, Oregan, Montana, Washington, West Virginia, Ohio, Michigan, and elements of Illinois and Indiana. As is all the time the case with rollouts like this, it’s possible you’ll not see the brand new options immediately.
The brand new Apple Maps is fairly considerably totally different than the earlier model — and that largely has to do with the truth that it incorporates information collected by Apple itself. Beforehand, Apple relied on information from third events. The results of the Apple-collected information is that Maps is far quicker, and Apple can replace it a lot faster. Apple added a lot of the Northeastern states to the brand new Maps earlier within the yr.
Based on a weblog publish from Justin O’Beirne, who has been protecting the rollout, the brand new Maps now covers over half of the U.S., and round two-thirds of the inhabitants.
The brand new Apple Maps doesn’t simply look higher — it provides a variety of additional options to the service too. Notable additions embrace the Look Round characteristic, which is analogous to Google’s Road View, and Siri Pure Language Steering, which adjustments how Siri guides customers through the use of extra useful phrases like “flip left on the subsequent visitors gentle,” as an alternative of phrases like “in 1,000 ft flip left.”
The brand new Apple Maps will proceed rolling out over the subsequent few months, and as talked about, is predicted to cowl the whole U.S. by the top of 2019. After that, it’s anticipated that Apple will roll the brand new Maps out to different elements of the world, although it’s at the moment unknown how lengthy that will take.