Apple Maps

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Apple Maps is a mapping service developed and maintained by Apple. It is available as the default Maps app on iOS, macOS, and watchOS, and it is used to power Find My functionality across all platforms, including the web.

Apple Maps was originally released in 2012 as a replacement for Google Maps, which had previously been the default mapping service on Apple products. At launch, Apple Maps was heavily criticized for inaccuracies and errors, leading Tim Cook to apologize and promise to improve the service.

Since then, Apple has made significant improvements to Apple Maps, building in new features and correcting lingering errors. Real-time traffic information and navigation options for pedestrians were added to Maps in 2013, which is also the same year Maps was extended to OS X. In 2015, Maps was updated with "Nearby," a feature that offers up local points of interest and transit directions in a handful of cities.

In early 2020, Apple completed a complete overhaul of its maps in the United States, featuring significantly greater detail including updated building massing, parks, sports field, pools, and more. A new Look Around feature in select cities is similar to Google's Street View, and the updated maps will be rolling out to more countries going forward.

Apple Maps How Tos

iOS 14.5: How to Report Speed Checks, Traffic Accidents, and Other Hazards in Apple Maps

Monday April 26, 2021 2:22 pm PDT by
In iOS 14.5 and later, Apple has added a Waze-like feature to its native Maps app that lets you report accidents, hazards, and speed checks along your route when getting directions. Keep reading to learn how it works. Driving on public roads can throw up all sorts of hazards, but if you're given prior warning then you can be better prepared to deal with them. Apple recognizes this, which is...

How to Clear Your Location History in Apple Maps

Monday March 29, 2021 10:17 am PDT by
When you search a location in Apple Maps on iOS and Mac, the app conveniently remembers your search in case you want to return to it at a later time. However whether for housekeeping or privacy reasons, you can quickly and easily remove your Maps search history at any time. Keep reading to learn how its done. Delete Apple Maps History on iPhone and iPad Launch Apple's Maps app on your...

iOS 14: How to Use Guides in Apple Maps

Friday July 31, 2020 10:35 am PDT by
In iOS 14, Apple's Maps app got a handful of new features and refinements, one of which is the ability to explore places with the help of Guides. Guides provide recommendations for the best places to visit in a city, offering up suggestions on places to eat, shop, and explore. Some of Apple's partners for these Guides include Lonely Planet, the Washington Post, AllTrails, The Infatuation, and ...

iOS 14: How to Get Cycling Directions in Apple Maps

Tuesday July 21, 2020 10:43 am PDT by
Google Maps has featured detailed cycling directions for almost a decade now, and with the arrival of iOS 14, Apple Maps is finally introducing its own. The steps below show you how to make use of the new cycling directions in Apple's Maps app. If you have an Apple Watch running watchOS 7 or later, you can receive the directions you select right on your wrist, for easy at-a-glance navigation. ...

How to Ask Siri to Share Your ETA When Navigating With Apple Maps

Friday July 17, 2020 11:50 am PDT by
In iOS 14, Apple has greatly expanded the number of direct answers Siri can give you. The majority of these answers are thanks to enhanced web-based information, but some of it is also down to Siri's tighter integration with other Apple apps. For example, the Apple Maps app lets you share your estimated time of arrival when you're following turn-based driving directions, and now you can ask ...

How to Share Your Estimated Time of Arrival in Apple Maps

Friday September 27, 2019 9:25 am PDT by
In the latest version of Apple Maps that comes with iOS 13, Apple has added a Share ETA feature that lets you share your estimated time of arrival at a location with a friend or family member, allowing them to follow your progress in real-time for the duration of the trip. The following steps explain how to use the Share ETA feature in Apple Maps on iPhone and iPad. Note that Apple nixed the...

How to Create a Collection in Apple Maps

Tuesday July 16, 2019 3:59 pm PDT by
In iOS 13, Apple added a Collections feature to its Maps app on iPhone and iPad that lets you search for and aggregate lists of different locations, such as restaurants you're thinking of eating out at, sightseeing locations for when you're on vacation, or other places you want to visit. Collection lists can also be shared, so you can create lists of places for friends and family that will...

How to Send Feedback About Errors in Apple Maps

Tuesday July 16, 2019 3:54 pm PDT by
In iOS 13, Apple introduced a redesigned customer feedback process for its Apple Maps app which is designed to make it easier for users to submit corrections for things like incorrect addresses, business locations, or operating hours. If you find an error or something that needs updating in Apple's maps information, you can now send the correct details in just a few quick taps. The following...

How to Add Places to Your Favorites in Apple Maps

Tuesday July 16, 2019 3:51 pm PDT by
In the latest version of Apple Maps that comes with iOS 13, Apple has added a Favorites feature that lets you search for specific places and then add them to a list. Favorites are meant for places that you visit frequently, and Home and Work are already added by default. Any place you frequent can be added to the Favorites list, such as a favorite restaurant or coffee shop, or a friend or...

How to Use Look Around in Apple Maps

Tuesday July 16, 2019 3:48 pm PDT by
With iOS 13, Apple introduced several additional features to its Maps app, one of which is called Look Around. This gives you a street-level view of what's around your current location or the location you search for on the map. If you've ever used Google Street View, you already have a good idea of how Look Around works, but Apple's equivalent feature includes a couple of functions that...

What's New in Maps in iOS 11: Indoor Mapping, Lane Guidance and Speed Limits

Tuesday September 19, 2017 5:24 pm PDT by
The Maps app in iOS 11 is outfitted with several new features that significantly improve the app's functionality. Indoor maps let you find restaurants, bathrooms, and other locations in airports and malls, while other new features like speed limits and lane guidance improve turn-by-turn directions. Fun fact: In iOS 11, Apple has also updated the Maps icon. The new version is meant to show off...

How to Use Apple Watch to Get Directions

Thursday June 4, 2015 10:24 am PDT by
Apple Watch includes a miniature version of Apple Maps, which offers many of the same features as the full iOS version if you know how to access them. Some of what Maps can do is fairly obvious, but there are a few features that require a bit more know-how. If you are interested in learning the ins and outs of Apple Maps on Watch OS and would like to know some simple tips for getting the most...

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Apple Maps: Complete Guide to iOS 13

Tuesday July 16, 2019 1:26 pm PDT by
Apple introduced updates to many of the built-in iOS apps in iOS 13, and Maps is no exception. The updated version of Maps has a long list of new features that are designed to make the Apple Maps app better able to compete with mapping apps from other companies. There's a new Look Around street view level feature, a Collections feature for aggregating lists of your favorite places, a...

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Apple Maps Cycling Directions Now Available Across California and Seattle

Friday April 30, 2021 8:27 am PDT by
Starting with iOS 14, Apple Maps gained support for cycling directions, which take into account elevation, how busy a street is, and whether there are stairs along the route. The feature launched in a limited number of regions, but it has been gradually expanding, and as of this week is now available in Seattle and more areas of California. iPhone users in Seattle and across California have...
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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, ...
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Apple Maps Native Ratings System Coming to US Places of Interest, Perhaps as Early as Next Week

Thursday April 22, 2021 3:43 am PDT by
With the release of iOS 14 and macOS 11, Apple introduced a new way for users to review places of interest and upload photos to Apple Maps that doesn't rely on third party integrations like Yelp and TripAdvisor. Users who tap a marker for a place on the map that they have physically visited are offered the ability to recommend a place using a thumbs up/thumbs down rating that can also...
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Longtime Apple Maps Bug in Australia Erroneously Lists Businesses in Residential Areas

Tuesday April 13, 2021 11:36 am PDT by
There's a curious bug in the Apple Maps app that's affecting Australians, which appears to be caused by a bad data set. Multiple complaints on Twitter suggest that ‌Apple Maps‌ is listing certain businesses incorrectly, directing Australians to residential areas rather than the actual business location. An erroneous hospital listing located near Twitter user Russell Ivanovic ‌Apple Maps‌...
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Apple Maps Starts Showing Speed Camera Information in Additional Countries [Updated]

Monday March 29, 2021 1:36 am PDT by
Dutch tech blog iCulture this morning reported that Apple Maps is now showing speed camera information in at least some parts of the Netherlands, suggesting Apple is in the process of rolling out the feature in more countries. Image via iCulture While navigating in-car with ‌Apple Maps‌ via CarPlay or on iPhone, drivers in a region where the speed camera feature is available are alerted to ...
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iOS 14.5: Apple Maps Could Feature Real-Time Crowd Data for Points of Interest

Monday March 15, 2021 5:02 am PDT by
With iOS and iPadOS 14.5 scheduled for an early spring release, Apple has begun testing a new feature that could provide Apple Maps users with real-time crowd data for points of interest, similar to Google Maps. In the iOS and iPadOS 14.5 beta, an updated section in the "Location Services" menu of Apple's Privacy settings states that Apple will collect data from users, such as when a...
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Apple Maps Expands Turn-by-Turn Directions for United Arab Emirates

Friday February 19, 2021 3:37 am PST by
Apple has expanded its turn-by-turn navigation in Apple Maps for the United Arab Emirates. The app now offers more detailed directions for driving and walking, with options to book a ride through Uber also showing within the app. Still missing for users in the UAE is public transit information, lane guidance and speed limits, although given that the addition of turn-by-turn directions is...
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Apple Maps Cycling Directions Expand to Portland and San Diego

Thursday February 18, 2021 12:13 pm PST by
Apple in iOS 14 added cycling directions to Apple Maps, providing specific directions for bike riders with bike lanes, bike paths, and bike-friendly routes that highlight steep inclines, stairs, and other obstacles. Cycling directions have been limited to a handful of locations since launch, but as of this week, Apple appears to have expanded availability to San Diego, California and...
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Apple Maps Takes Waze Head-On

Saturday February 13, 2021 2:31 am PST by
After adding support for speed and red light cameras in iOS 14 last year, Apple now appears to be directly challenging rival maps app Waze with the latest iOS 14.5 beta, which adds a plethora of new features to Apple Maps such as accident reporting, hazards, and speed checks. Waze is a popular maps app, now owned by Google, that describes itself as a community-driven GPS navigation app....
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Apple Maps 'Look Around' Feature Now Available in San Diego and Portland

Wednesday February 3, 2021 11:26 am PST by
Apple today expanded its "Look Around" feature for Apple Maps to San Diego, California and Portland, Oregon, according to ‌Apple Maps‌ expert Justin O'Beirne. First introduced in iOS 13, Look Around is designed to provide 3D street-level imagery in major cities, much like Google's Street View. At launch, Look Around was limited to a handful of cities, but it is now available in more than...
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New Apple Services Could Include 'Podcasts+,' 'Stocks+,' and 'Mail+,' Analysts Predict

Friday January 8, 2021 5:16 am PST by
A range of new Apple services could include "Podcasts+," "Stocks+," and "Mail+," according to a new report by Loup Ventures analysts. Apple's subscription service products are increasingly important to its business model and is now almost the size of a Fortune 50 company by revenue, growing by 16 percent in 2020 to $53.7 billion. Loup Ventures highlights that Spotify accumulated 144...
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Apple Maps Vehicles Collecting 'Look Around' Imagery in Israel, New Zealand, and Singapore

Sunday December 20, 2020 7:17 am PST by
LiDAR-equipped Apple Maps vehicles are surveying select regions of Israel, New Zealand, and Singapore through early 2021, collecting street-level imagery and data, according to a list of locations maintained on Apple's website. Apple will use the data collected to improve its Maps app and expand its Look Around feature beyond the five countries where it is currently supported, including...
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Apple Maps Look Around Feature Expands to Denver, Detroit, Miami and More

Wednesday December 16, 2020 2:59 pm PST by
Apple this week expanded its Look Around feature in Apple Maps to several new U.S. cities, including Denver, Colorado; Detroit, Michigan; and Miami and Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Look Around, which was first introduced in iOS 13, provides 3D street-level imagery in cities where it is available, and it is similar to Google's Street View. At launch, Look Around was limited to a handful of...
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Redesigned Apple Maps Expands to Canada

Thursday December 10, 2020 9:29 am PST by
Apple's redesigned Maps app is now available in Canada following a test of the feature that kicked off back in October. The Canadian expansion comes 11 months after Apple finished the rollout of the revamped Maps app in the United States. Image via Justin O'Beirne The launch of the redesigned Maps app in Canada was shared by Justin O'Beirne, who follows Apple's work on the Maps app, and it...
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Apple Maps Transit Directions Go Live in Vienna, Austria

Tuesday November 24, 2020 12:45 am PST by
Apple appears to have updated its Maps coverage to add transit directions in Austria, with a focus on public transportation routes in and around the capital, Vienna. Apple Maps users in the country can now select transit routes when getting directions between two locations, with U-Bahn and S-Bahn train routes included in the coverage. iPhone-ticker.de notes that map options for other...
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Apple Maps Now Provides Transit Directions Across Italy

Thursday October 29, 2020 7:14 am PDT by
Apple Maps now provides transit directions in many populous regions of Italy, expanding upon existing support in Rome. The feature can be accessed by selecting the Transit tab or button in Apple Maps on iPhone, iPad, Mac, or Apple Watch. Supported modes of transportation include trains, buses, trams, and more in and between cities such as Milan, Naples, Turin, Palermo, Genoa, Florence, and...
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Redesigned Apple Maps Expanding to Canada Soon

Tuesday October 20, 2020 11:10 am PDT by
Apple is planning to expand its redesigned Apple Maps app to Canada, and is publicly testing the new map options in the country. The Canadian expansion comes 10 months after Apple completed the rollout of the revamped app in the United States. Redesigned ‌Apple Maps‌ app in Canada via Justin O'Beirne The expansion of the redesigned Maps app to Canada was highlighted by Justin O'Beirne, who...
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Apple Maps 'Look Around' Feature Now Available in Phoenix, Arizona

Wednesday October 7, 2020 1:50 pm PDT by
Apple recently expanded its "Look Around" feature in Apple Maps to Phoenix, Arizona, providing 3D street-level imagery that's similar to Google's Street View. Look Around is a feature that was first introduced in iOS 13, but it was limited to a handful of cities at launch. Apple has been working to expand it, and it can now be used in 14 regions around the world, including San Francisco,...
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Apple Launches Revamped Maps App in the United Kingdom and Ireland

Thursday October 1, 2020 11:05 am PDT by
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...
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Apple Maps Expands Public Transit Information and 3D View in Portugal and the Netherlands

Thursday September 3, 2020 7:58 am PDT by
Apple seems to have expanded Apple Maps transit information and the 3D view feature in Portugal and the Netherlands. According to iCulture, Apple has added 3D rendering of satelite images to the cities of Amsterdam, Haarlem, Zandvoort, Bloemendaal, Heemstede, Hoofddorp, Zaandam, and Aalsmeer. Previously, only Rotterdam, Eindhoven, and Utrecht were viewable in 3D in the Netherlands. Flyover ...