As part of its ongoing effort to rebuild Apple Maps, Apple has added detailed terrain features to the U.S. states of Arizona and New Mexico as well as the southern portion of Nevada, including the city of Las Vegas.

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The enhancements are the result of Apple's street-level data collection using LiDAR-equipped vehicles, which has been going on for over three years. Related improvements first rolled out in Northern California in iOS 12 and have extended to Hawaii and Southern California over the past few months.

The overall look and feel of ‌Apple Maps‌ is mostly the same, but zooming and panning reveals more details like grass, trees, sports fields, and parking lots. Apple says search results also become more relevant.

‌Apple Maps‌ vehicles have been collecting mapping data in the United States since 2015, with over 45 states at least partially surveyed to date. Apple will begin surveying Alaska, South Carolina, and Tennessee between March and July, according to an update to its recently revamped Apple Maps image collection website.

Back in June 2018, Apple said the revamped mapping data would roll out section by section across the rest of the United States over the following year. Since then, a pattern has emerged that appears to show Apple prefers rolling out the updated maps in adjacent continental U.S. states, rather than prioritizing more population-rich regions of the nation like the Northeast.

Our source notes that Apple is also working on an updated appearance for northeastern cities like New York, given that special detailed terrain features can be seen – perhaps unintentionally – when entering turn-by-turn navigation.

(Thanks, Dante!)

Top Rated Comments

0947347 Avatar
47 months ago
Can I still drive on to the runway at the airport. Or is that not actually a feature?
I much more preferred google maps, especially enjoyed the container lorries ending up on cycling paths and cars driving off the cliff. Fun fun, if you are a numb-nuts and don’t look where you are driving to.
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Right, because you can't start on other regions of the world when you're doing the current one.

Google street view took two years to release just a few cities at first and then added more places faster and faster. Apple has covered all of California and Hawaii in the past year, which is pretty good progress for a pilot release. Expect releases to ramp up in a similar way for Apple as they work out the kinks in their new data.
Sorry, but you are too rational for this blog. I would recommend the “Google maps are the best” approach, followed by “Apple Maps suck”, or you are going to be called a fanboy and will be disliked in here.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Aluminum213 Avatar
47 months ago
So only another 50 years left before it matches Google maps
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
DamoTheBrave Avatar
47 months ago
So nearly one country in four years.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
szw-mapple fan Avatar
47 months ago
So nearly one country in four years.
Right, because you can't start on other regions of the world when you're doing the current one.

Google street view took two years to release just a few cities at first and then added more places faster and faster. Apple has covered all of California and Hawaii in the past year, which is pretty good progress for a pilot release. Expect releases to ramp up in a similar way for Apple as they work out the kinks in their new data.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
mcrawley Avatar
47 months ago
Can someone at Apple please add a scale to their maps?


I get an air quality index and temp but no indicator of distance, a fundamental thing maps measure.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
thei3ug Avatar
47 months ago
As in, one inch = 2 miles, or something similar? I don't see an option for that in Apple Maps, Google Maps or Waze.
For apple maps the scale should appear in the upper left corner while zooming.

Google maps allows the option of displaying scale while zooming as well.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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