Apple Maps Expands Detailed 3D Map and Cycling Directions to Paris

Since the release of iOS 15 in 2021, Apple Maps has been rolling out a more detailed map with custom-designed 3D landmarks in major cities around the world. This week, both the more detailed map and cycling directions went live in Paris.

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Landmarks app showing Apple's 3D models in Paris via André Baev

Apple says the updated experience provides richer detail for road markings, buildings, commercial districts, land cover, trees, elevation, public transit routes, and more. Turn-by-turn navigation is also improved with augmented reality walking directions in Paris, as well as the addition of cycling directions along bike lanes and bike-friendly roads.

Notably, this means the world-famous Eiffel Tower can now be viewed in 3D in Apple Maps, along with the Louvre museum and other landmarks.

More detailed mapping is also available in Atlanta, Berlin, Boston, Chicago, Las Vegas, London, Los Angeles, Melbourne, Miami, Montréal, New York, Philadelphia, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Sydney, Toronto, Washington D.C., and a few other cities.

Earlier this year, we highlighted an iPhone app called Landmarks that allows you to easily view hundreds of 3D models from Apple Maps.

Top Rated Comments

Karma*Police Avatar
16 weeks ago
Apple Maps is pretty much unusable in many parts of the world. I was in Latin America, Africa, and Thailand not long ago and it was pretty much useless. Even in NYC, it couldn’t take me to a well established residential address in Tribeca, right off of Broadway!

You’d think 10+ years would be enough time for Apple to catch up to Google, but without Steve Jobs, and Eddie Cue on permanent semi-vacation (yet somehow getting paid millions), I guess there’s no motivation on that team other than to do the bare minimum. Seriously, where is the $25+ BILLION in R&D going every year??
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
skitidetdu Avatar
16 weeks ago
What about Amsterdam and Copenhagen? They are the worlds most bike friendly capitals in the world…
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Futurix Avatar
16 weeks ago
In most of European locations I frequent Apple Maps is now equal or better than Google Maps, especially where public transport is concerned. Google is getting pretty bad in that regard.

And Apple actually fixes broken / missing things if you report them.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
DreadedFun Avatar
16 weeks ago

How is it taking so long to roll out cycling directions? Do they just have one dude on a bike that has to cycle down every street?
My theory for Denmark is that the iPhone is so popular here that Apple don’t have to do anything extra + the extra money spent won’t shift that many people from Android to iOS.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Cybbe Avatar
16 weeks ago

In most of European locations I frequent Apple Maps is now equal or better than Google Maps, especially where public transport is concerned. Google is getting pretty bad in that regard.

And Apple actually fixes broken / missing things if you report them.
That’s not really my experience. Not even in London, which had DCE first in Europe. The problem is largely the far superior POI database Google has, including reviews. Given that 9 out of 10 times that’s what I and most people use maps for, it matters.

As for getting from point A to a known point B Apple does a decent job, unless you’re cycling of course. But so does Google maps, with cycling directions.

I’m going to a friends place across town on a bike later today. Cant use Apple Maps.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
harriska2 Avatar
16 weeks ago
Need street view. I have no idea of why I’ve seen the Apple car doing street view pictures in Portland and Corvallis YEARS ago but no street view to date. :/
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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