Revamped Apple Maps Expands to the Southeast and Central United States [Updated]

Apple in December began testing an expansion of its more detailed Apple Maps app in the Central and Southeastern parts of the United States, along with Alaska, and that updated Maps content is now rolling out to all customers.

The revamped Maps app features more extensive geographical details, with updated buildings, roads, parks, sports fields, parking lots, foliage, pools, pedestrian pathways, and bodies of water.


To get its mapping data, Apple uses its own vehicles equipped with LIDAR sensors and cameras. Apple has been using this method to collect mapping information for years now.

Apple began rolling out its updated mapping app to customers starting in iOS 12, and at the 2019 Worldwide Developer Conference, Apple said all customers in the United States would receive the improved Maps app by the end of the year.

Apple has made good on that promise with the rollout of the new mapping terrain to large swathes of the United States, and the updated Maps are now becoming available across most of the country. It could still take some time for all users in the Central and Southeastern areas of the U.S. to see the new content. Apple plans to bring the new Maps app to additional countries in 2020.

(Thanks, @tricil and @NateThompson!)

Update: Though Apple has begun releasing the new mapping updates across the United States, updated Maps features are not yet showing up for all users in the Southeast at this time.

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4 weeks ago
So that’s the whole world covered then.
Rating: 10 Votes
4 weeks ago

Its good they are making progress, but the fact is, they will forever be behind google.


That's an assumption. There are areas where Apple is behind Google, and other areas where Apple is ahead of Google.
Rating: 7 Votes
4 weeks ago
completing rollout? Damn Yanks.

Apple plans to bring the Maps app to additional countries in 2020.


take your time, Apple. Take your own sweet time.
Rating: 7 Votes
4 weeks ago
Is there a way to turn off dark mode just for the Maps app? I fund it much harder to read in dark mode.
Rating: 6 Votes
4 weeks ago
The single thing that's kept me from switching away from Google's maps is that Google's display of traffic congestion information is easier to grok at a glance. Google adopted the standard green-yellow-red-black paradigm most of the older traffic display systems used, and it's just easier to quickly comprehend.

I notice that, with the revamp, Apple's at least gotten rid of that annoying system of dashes they used to use. But still, it seems like they're trying to be different just for the sake of being different, and sacrificing quick visual interpretation because of it.
Rating: 6 Votes
4 weeks ago
I keep saying it: Maps are unreadable because of the use of very light colors. Especially slightly less light yellow for roads on light yellow background; unbelievable.
Rating: 6 Votes
4 weeks ago
Apple U.S. Maps™
Rating: 5 Votes
4 weeks ago
I wonder if this story was posted a little prematurely?
Rating: 5 Votes
4 weeks ago


I hate to be that guy, but we have one more year left in the decade. We went through this at the turn of the millennium.

We started at year 1 through 10. Year 11 is the next decade. And so on and so forth.


Yes, but only sort of. The precise definition is neither used nor useful in standard English. When you speak of the decade of the Roaring 20's you don't mean 1921 thru 1930. A decade as used in common English is defined by the 2nd digit, not a span of years on a calendar that started on 1/1/2001

And Pluto is a planet, dammit! And get those kids off my lawn!
Rating: 4 Votes
4 weeks ago


Apple is a global company, fact.

But, I do understand Apple needs to start somewhere, they can't update Maps in the whole world instantly.

Correction. Apple is an American company, fact. Though they do have global distribution and partners, they were founded, are based in and have their headquarters in America and are an American company. Just like Samsung is a S. Korean company with global distribution.
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