Revamped Apple Maps Rolls Out Across Italy

In July of this year, Apple began testing its revamped Maps experience across Italy, following rollouts in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Portugal, and Spain. Apple has now officially launched those Maps improvements in Italy, San Marino, Vatican City, and Andorra, according to MacStories.

iPhone iOS 15 Italy Closeup Feature
The update brings a raft of previously unavailable Maps features to the regions, including Look Around, lane guidance, speed camera data, 3D buildings, Siri Natural Language Guidance, and improved navigation. The update also adds more detailed road coverage, and faster and more accurate navigation.

Regarding the rollout, Apple's senior VP of services Eddy Cue provided MacStories with the following statement:

"Apple Maps is the best way to explore and navigate the world, all while protecting your privacy, and we're excited to bring this experience to even more users with today's rollout. We have rebuilt the map from the ground up, with better navigation, richer detail, more accurate information for places, and remarkable features that only Apple can deliver, including Look Around, Siri Natural Language Guidance, and more. Now it is easier than ever for users in Italy to find the places they love and get to where they're going even faster and easier."

Apple Maps received a major overhaul in iOS 15 and in addition to new details in cities, an interactive globe, and enhanced driving directions, there are a handful of other smaller features that will be available.

Other new Maps features include 3D road level perspectives for complex interchanges, step-by-step augmented reality directions when walking, a redesigned transit experience, new place cards with updated info about businesses, improved search functionality, and a dedicated Maps user profile for reporting issues, selecting favorites, and choosing a preferred mode of transit.

At WWDC 2021 last month, Apple announced that its revamped Maps experience would be expanded to all users in Italy and Australia later this year.

In early 2020, Apple said it would begin rolling out the revamped Maps experience across Europe in the coming months, so other countries should soon follow. The updated maps provide more comprehensive views of roads, buildings, parks, airports, shopping malls, sports venues like baseball fields and tennis courts, and other details.

Top Rated Comments

djcerla Avatar
12 months ago
Finalmente! ??
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
nwcs Avatar
12 months ago

Apple could have saved a great deal of time and money by licensing Google Maps. It is the industry standard and much superior to what Apple has incrementally "fixed" for the past decade.
You should read up on the history of how Apple Maps came to existence.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
theadz01 Avatar
12 months ago
Nobody uses Apple maps. So whats the point?

I use it a lot. I find it a lot cleaner and way less cluttered than the hot mess of the Google Maps app currently
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
hagar Avatar
12 months ago
Does this update finally include useful POI and businesses? Or is it still the same mess of outdated, wrongly placed, incomplete data sets like in the rest of Europe (possibly the world) ?
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jamcgahey Avatar
12 months ago
You know people really drop a lot of hate on Apple Maps. When it first came out after Apple dropped google maps as their standard it was really bad, but I've been using Apple Maps for like 4 or 5 years now with zero complaints. The newest features they released are really good and pretty soon I won't even need Yelp on my phone.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
apparatchik Avatar
12 months ago
It’s a repetitive cycle, in countries with a majority of Android users (most of the world outside the US & Japan), business and POI are always more up to date and accurate in Google maps because most people use that, forcing iPhone users like myself to use Google for actual / reliable navigation, diminishing Apple maps use even more.

Maybe Apple should consider developing Android and web apps that can fully compete with Google to boost usage across the board.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)

Related Stories

apple maps ratings 1

Apple Expands Native Maps Rating and Review Feature to the U.S.

Monday August 23, 2021 12:45 pm PDT by
Apple appears to be expanding on the native Apple Maps review functionality that it first introduced in iOS 14, allowing Apple Maps users in the United States the option to review places of interest, restaurants, and other locations. In the Apple Maps app in iOS 14 and iOS 15, U.S. users can now see an option to provide a thumbs up or thumbs down for most locations. Tapping on the thumbs...
Google maps feaure purple

Google Maps Warns You About Crowded Areas With Updated 'Busyness' Feature

Tuesday November 16, 2021 4:40 pm PST by
Google today announced the launch of new iOS Google Maps features aimed at helping holiday shoppers, including Area Busyness and Directories. With Area Busyness, Google combines the busyness trends of businesses and locations that are near each other to let you know when a neighborhood or a part of town is at its busiest. Google says that this feature can help you identify busy areas to...
apple maps 3d washington dc

Apple Rolls Out 3D Maps With Custom-Designed Landmarks in Washington, D.C. and San Diego [Updated]

Thursday November 11, 2021 10:51 am PST by
Apple today announced that a new 3D map of Washington, D.C. in the Apple Maps app will allow users to explore the city's landmarks and memorials, such as the World War II Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, and Vietnam Veterans Memorial. The new mapping experience does not appear to be visible yet, but it likely will be soon. Alongside the release of iOS 15 in September, Apple Maps...
apple maps report incident red

Apple Maps Users in the Netherlands Can Now Report Traffic Incidents

Tuesday August 17, 2021 3:29 am PDT by
Starting with iOS 14.5, Apple Maps gained the ability for users in the United States to report incidents, such as accidents, speed checks, hazards, and more. Now, the feature has been expanded to Apple Maps users in the Netherlands. According to iCultre, Apple has expanded the feature for Apple Maps users in the Netherlands, and this expansion follows the addition of other features for Apple ...
apple maps camera backpack

Apple Surveying Canada's Largest Cities With Specialized Backpacks to Improve Maps

Monday September 13, 2021 7:13 am PDT by
Apple Maps team members wearing specialized camera-equipped backpacks will be walking in Canada's three largest cities of Toronto, Montréal, and Vancouver through October to help improve the Apple Maps app. Apple Maps backpack in Southern California as spotted by Joanna Stern Apple typically drives a fleet of vehicles around the world to collect Maps data, including street-level imagery for...
philadelphia 3d maps

Apple Exec Explains Why You Should Use Apple Maps

Wednesday December 22, 2021 1:11 pm PST by
Apple Maps Product Lead David Dorn and Design Lead Meg Frost recently did an interview with CNN to explain the Apple Maps features that were introduced with the iOS 15 update and to explain why iPhone users should choose Apple Maps over other mapping apps like Google and Waze. According to Dorn, there are three major reasons why Apple Maps is the best choice. Apple is making serious...
new apple maps australia

Revamped Apple Maps Rolls Out in Australia [Updated]

Tuesday October 19, 2021 3:01 am PDT by
Following a promise of "later this year" in June, Apple has officially rolled out its new and updated Apple Maps in Australia. The new Apple Maps offers richer details in roads, parking lots, parks, buildings, airports, and more, and is part of Apple's push to rival Google Maps and other third-party map services. In Australia, customers will now have access to new Apple Maps. Apple last...
iPhone Apple Maps Spain Portugal

Revamped Apple Maps Now Being Tested in Spain and Portugal

Thursday April 22, 2021 8:35 am PDT by
Apple has started testing its revamped Maps experience in Spain and Portugal this week, as noticed by MacRumors reader Jordi Guillamet. This follows the redesigned Apple Maps becoming available in Canada late last year. During the testing period, the updated maps will only be visible to some users. The revamped Apple Maps experience provides more detailed views of roads, buildings, parks, ...

Popular Stories

ios 16 beta 5 battery percent

iOS 16 Beta 5: Battery Percentage Now Displayed in iPhone Status Bar

Monday August 8, 2022 10:43 am PDT by
With the fifth beta of iOS 16, Apple has updated the battery icon on iPhones with Face ID to display the specific battery percentage rather than just a visual representation of battery level. The new battery indicator is available on iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 models, with the exception of the 5.4-inch iPhone 12/13 mini. It is also available on the iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max, XS and XS Max, and...
iPhone 14 Lineup Feature Purple

Color Options for All iPhone 14 Models: Everything We Know

Monday August 8, 2022 3:59 am PDT by
The iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro models are rumored to be available in a refreshed range of color options, including an all-new purple color. Most expectations about the iPhone 14 lineup's color options come from an unverified post on Chinese social media site Weibo earlier this year. Overall, the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro's selection of color options could look fairly similar to those of the ...
iOS 16 battery percentage

Apple Limiting iOS 16 Beta 5 Battery Percentage Display to Select iPhones: Here Are the Supported Devices

Tuesday August 9, 2022 2:51 am PDT by
Apple this week brought back one of the most highly requested features from iOS users since the launch of the iPhone X in 2017: the ability to see your battery percentage directly in the status bar. Ever since the launch of the iPhone X with the notch, Apple has not allowed users to show their battery percentage directly in the status bar, forcing them to swipe down into Control Center to...
ios 16 battery indicator 2

Everything New in iOS 16 Beta 5: Battery Percentage in Status Bar, Find My Changes and More

Monday August 8, 2022 12:53 pm PDT by
Apple today seeded the fifth beta of iOS 16 to developers for testing purposes, introducing some small but notable changes to the iOS operating system. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. We've rounded up everything new in the fifth beta below. Battery Percentage in Status Bar The battery icon in the status bar now displays the exact battery percent, a feature that ...
iphone 14 pro max camera bump compared lipilipsi 16 9

Bigger iPhone 14 Pro Max Camera Bump Shown Alongside iPhone 13 Pro Max

Monday August 8, 2022 4:33 am PDT by
The camera bump on the upcoming iPhone 14 Pro Max is expected to be the largest rear lens housing Apple has ever installed on its flagship smartphones, and a new photo offers a rare glimpse at just how prominent it is compared to Apple's predecessor device. iPhone 14 Pro Max dummy (left) vs iPhone 13 Pro Max All iPhone 14 models are expected to see upgrades to the Ultra Wide camera on the...
cook sept 2020 event

Gurman: Apple Preparing Pre-Recorded iPhone 14 and Apple Watch Series 8 Event

Sunday August 7, 2022 6:13 am PDT by
Apple has "started to record" its virtual September event, where it's expected to announce the upcoming iPhone 14 lineup, the Apple Watch Series 8, and a new "rugged" Apple Watch model, according to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman. Writing in his latest Power On newsletter, Gurman says the event, which is expected to take place in the early part of September, is already under production, implying...
airpods pro black background

Beyond iPhone 14: Five Apple Products Expected to Launch Later This Year

Monday August 8, 2022 9:43 am PDT by
While the iPhone 14 and Apple Watch Series 8 are expected to be announced in September as usual, there are several more Apple products rumored to launch later this year, including new iPad and Mac models and more. Beyond the iPhone and Apple Watch, we've put together a list of five Apple products that are most likely to be unveiled by the end of 2022. Second-Generation AirPods Pro Apple...