Apple Launches Revamped Maps App in the United Kingdom and Ireland

The new Apple Maps app that Apple has been rolling out over the course of the last year is expanding to the UK and Ireland as of today, according to Apple.


Apple's updated Maps app provides faster and more accurate navigation and richer, more detailed views of roads, buildings, parks, airports, malls, and more, to provide a better-than-ever navigation experience. In Apple's article announcing the availability of the new Maps in the UK and Ireland, Apple's services VP Eddy Cue said that Apple is "excited" to expand the new experience.

"‌Apple Maps‌ is the best way to explore and navigate the world -- all while protecting your privacy -- and we're excited to bring the new map to our users in the UK and Ireland," said ‌Eddy Cue‌, Apple's senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. "We have rebuilt the map from the ground up, with better navigation, richer detail, more accurate information for places, and incredible features like Look Around, cycling directions, and curated Guides from trusted resources. We've reimagined how Maps can help users find the places they love and get to where they're going even faster and easier."

With the updated Maps app, Apple is launching Look Around in the UK and Ireland, allowing users in these countries to see a street level view of what's around, similar to the Google Street View mode. Apple first introduced Look Around in iOS 13 in a limited number of areas, but has since been expanding its availability. Look Around in the UK and Ireland is available in London, Edinburgh, and Dublin at launch, with more areas to come in the future.

Guides, an iOS 14 feature, provides a curated list of places to visit within a city, with resources created by Time Out Group, Lonely Planet, and The Evening Standard, and UK users in London also have access to cycling directions and routes with EV stops.

Apple has been testing the new maps in the UK and Ireland since August after finishing the rollout in the United States back in January.

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4 weeks ago


Do British schools not teach you about synonyms?

Do American schools not teach you to have a sense of humour?
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4 weeks ago


Apple Maps? Oh that wannabe Google Maps app. No thanks.

Yeah, I love giving Google all my movement data ?
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4 weeks ago
Malls? We call them Shopping Centres here ?
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4 weeks ago


MacRumors is an American, not a British publication. What exactly did you expect?

Nothing really. But as a worldwide forum, it would be nice to acknowledge subtle differences no?
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4 weeks ago


I can’t believe how out of date it still is. My town has a pub listed that has NEVER existed! Virtually every building/business is in the wrong place... but like streets away from where it actually should be!

Do your bit. Click the "Report an issue" link. I was in a pub in a remote part of Shropshire recently where the pub was a hundred metres out. Clicked the link to set the correct location, only took a moment. Apple updated the map location a couple of days later.
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4 weeks ago
I noticed this a couple of days back. The cartography has been updated. Looks nicer. Will have to test out how much better it is via CarPlay when I next go somewhere.
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