New Apple Maps Update Could Take the Spotlight from Google Maps

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At this year’s WWDC, Apple announced a new look for Maps. Now, the revamped application became available with the launch of iOS 13. Currently, the company is gradually pushing the changes in the U.S. – first in California and Texas, and now including the US Northeast.

What’s new

The Maps update includes broader road network coverage, improved pedestrian data, improvements in address accuracy, as well as more detailed land cover.

Among the new Maps features are:

  • ETA sharing – Apple Maps lets you share your ETA (Estimated Time of Arrival) with other people, notify them if a there’s a significant delay, and when you’ve reached your destination.
  • Real-time transit info – This feature is available with iOS 13 and provides real-time information like cancellations, outages and departure times. You can now also browse stops and connections in advance, thanks to the more detailed transit schedules.
  • Indoor maps (for airports and malls) – This new feature will give you a detailed look inside malls around the country and even airports worldwide.

Full information about the new features is available on Apple Maps’s official page.

While the improved maps were already available partially in California, they will now cover New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Maryland, Delaware, Vermont, Maine, New Hampshire, Washington, DC, and also part of Virginia and West Virginia.

The company plans to make revamped maps available to the rest of the United States by the end of 2019. International updates are estimated by 2020.

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