Apple Announces Revamped 3D Maps in Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver

Apple today announced that its revamped Maps experience is now available in the Canadian cities of Toronto, Montréal, and Vancouver.

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The update delivers more detailed maps, complete with custom-designed 3D landmarks, such as the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, Notre-Dame Basilica in Montréal, and Robson Square in Vancouver. Navigation is also improved, with more detailed road markings and a 3D road-level view when approaching complex intersections.

The improved city experience is also available in London, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, San Diego, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C.

"We're excited for Apple Maps users to explore the beauty and culture of Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver in an incredibly detailed new way," said Apple's services chief Eddy Cue. "Built with privacy at its core, this update is the continuation of our commitment to building the best, most accurate map of the world — with a beautifully designed experience and attention to detail that only Apple can deliver."

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Top Rated Comments

fwmireault Avatar
30 months ago
The Montreal map looks great, but they forgot all the potholes and construction cones
Score: 22 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Fleeecy Avatar
30 months ago
Interesting (weird?) choice of landmarks for Montreal…

The Bell Centre?
Orange Julep?

What about bridges, historical buildings?

?‍♂️
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
estroj Avatar
30 months ago

Google Maps -> Any City Worldwide -> Satellite -> 3D

Boom, you get the same basic thing but more detailed since the buildings are actually textured.

And Google has been doing this for over a decade. Maybe 15 years by now? I remember Sketch Up played a major role in acquiring all the building models.

I remember Microsoft Bing Maps were also touting 3D maps before Google Maps started doing it.

So... no, this isn't unique to Apple, at all. It's an arguably inferior copy of what others have been doing for a long, long time.

It could be argued that Apple's cartoony graphics are preferable to more realistic textures... IDK... I figure just running the real textures through some cartoon filters to achieve the same thing wouldn't be that hard.
Apple Maps buildings are actually textured if you select the satellite version.

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Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
sully54 Avatar
30 months ago
A 3d render of the washed up barge on sunset beach would have been a nice addition in Vancouver.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Devyn89 Avatar
30 months ago
Heck yes!
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
kenny7 Avatar
30 months ago
Looks gorgeous!!
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)