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

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...

Apple Maps Guides

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...

Apple Maps Articles

Apple Maps Transit Directions Go Live in Iceland

Friday July 3, 2020 2:42 am PDT by
Apple appears to have updated its Maps coverage to add transit directions in Iceland, with a focus on bus routes in and around the capital, Reykjavik. Apple Maps users in the region can now select public transportation routes when getting directions between two locations. Transit directions were first added to ‌Apple Maps‌ in 2015 with the launch of iOS 9. Maps initially only offered...

Apple Maps in iOS 14 Warns Drivers of Speed and Red Light Cameras

Monday June 22, 2020 5:10 pm PDT by
Apple is adding multiple new features to the Maps app in iOS 14, including Apple Maps icons that will let users know when they're approaching speed cameras and red-light cameras along a route. Little detail is given about the new camera warning icons, but Apple says that they will let users see where individual cameras are located on the map.Maps lets you know when you're approaching speed...

Revamped Apple Maps App Expanding to UK, Ireland, and Canada Later This Year

Monday June 22, 2020 1:17 pm PDT by
Apple today announced its revamped Maps app will be expanding to the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Canada later this year. The updated Maps interface features richer landscape details such as roads, parking lots, parks, buildings, airports, and more. To obtain its mapping data, Apple utilizes its own vehicles equipped with LiDAR sensors and cameras. Apple had been working for over a year...

Apple Maps Real-Time Transit Information Now Available in Several More Countries and Regions

Friday June 12, 2020 3:21 am PDT by
Real-time transit information in Apple Maps has been expanded to multiple countries and metropolitan regions, Apple today confirmed in an update to its Feature Availability page (via iphone-ticker.de). In addition to regular public transport information, Apple now highlights several regions in which transit information is displayed in real time. These include the whole of Canada, England,...

Apple Maps Vehicles to Begin Surveying Belgium and the Netherlands

Wednesday June 3, 2020 4:54 am PDT by
Apple Maps vehicles will begin surveying Belgium and the Netherlands during June, according to a list of locations maintained on Apple's website. The data collected will be used to improve Apple Maps and to expand its Look Around feature, which remains limited to a handful of U.S. cities. Introduced in iOS 13, Look Around is similar to Google's Street View, providing a street-level view of...

Apple Maps Transit Directions Now Live for Hong Kong Residents, Apple Pay Octopus Officially Launches

Tuesday June 2, 2020 2:56 am PDT by
Apple has updated its Maps app to include real time transit directions and data for Hong Kong residents. Image credit: @HappyETwmc From today, local Apple Maps users can search for metro train stations, bus routes and ferry piers, and get real time transit information for services. The only limitation appears to be a lack of indoor station mapping. The metropolitan area is one location in ...

Apple Expands Reach of Mobility Trends Report Tool to Help Mitigate COVID-19 Spread

Wednesday May 6, 2020 3:52 am PDT by
Apple has significantly added to the data available through its Mobility Trends Reports tool using information collected from Apple Maps. Apple's reports are designed to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 by providing helpful insights to local governments and health authorities, although anyone can use the tool to search by country, region, or city to see specifics trends for an area....

Apple Maps Now Displaying COVID-19 Testing Locations in the U.S.

Tuesday April 28, 2020 12:49 pm PDT by
Apple Maps is now displaying COVID-19 testing locations across the United States, a feature that Apple began implementing earlier in April. When opening up the search interface in Maps, COVID-19 testing is now the first option in the list, and tapping it brings up all of the testing sites in your local area. Tapping on one of the testing site entries provides a link to the hospital or...

Apple Maps 'Look Around' Feature Expands to Chicago

Tuesday April 21, 2020 8:10 am PDT by
Apple this week has expanded its "Look Around" feature for Apple Maps to include Chicago, the latest major U.S. city to gain the 3D street-level imagery to compete with Google's Street View. The expansion of Look Around to Chicago has been documented in detail by Justin O'Beirne, who notes that this brings the total number of metropolitan areas with Look Around to ten. The most recent...

Apple Maps to Directly Display COVID-19 Testing Locations

Saturday April 11, 2020 7:47 am PDT by
Apple Maps will soon directly display COVID-19 testing locations alongside information specific to the site. Apple today launched an online portal for healthcare providers, labs, or other businesses, to register as COVID-19 testing locations. The ‌Apple Maps‌ team will then review the application, and upon approval the location will appear in ‌Apple Maps‌. Although the process is similar to...

Apple Maps Focuses on Groceries, Food Delivery, Pharmacies and Hospitals When Searching

Tuesday April 7, 2020 11:23 am PDT by
Apple has updated the search feature in the Apple Maps app to focus on categories that are most important to people right now: groceries, food delivery, pharmacies, hospitals, and urgent care. These category options come up first when searching, coming ahead of restaurants, fast food, gas stations, banks, and other categories that used to be higher priority in the list. Places that are...

Job Listing Suggests Recommendations Are Coming to Apple Maps App

Wednesday March 4, 2020 11:28 am PST by
Apple recently listed a new Writer/Editor job for the Maps app, which appears to suggest that Apple is planning to build an App Store-like location recommendation feature for Maps. As noted by The Verge, the job listing, which has since been removed, says that Apple is looking for a person to "help build and grow a brand-new content category for the Apple Maps team," with that person...

Apple Maps Expands 3D Street View Feature to Boston, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C.

Friday February 21, 2020 6:20 am PST by
As noted in the MacRumors forums, the new Look Around feature in Apple Maps recently went live in three more cities in the United States, including Boston, Philadelphia, and the Washington, D.C. area. Introduced in iOS 13, Look Around is an interactive way to visually explore a city with 3D street-level imagery, similar to Google Street View. The feature is also available in the San Francisco...

Apple Maps Transit Directions Go Live in Various EU Countries

Tuesday February 18, 2020 1:02 am PST by
Over the last 48 hours, Apple Maps has expanded its transit directions coverage across Europe. Using the app, travelers in cities across France, Germany, Spain, and possibly other countries in the EU are now able to access departure times and transit routes for various modes of public transport including buses, trams, metro trains, and more. Screenshot credit: @guillamet Apple has yet to...

Apple Confirms Redesigned Maps App Has Rolled Out to All Users Across United States

Thursday January 30, 2020 9:16 am PST by
Apple today confirmed that its redesigned Maps app is now available for all users across the United States, offering better road coverage, more accurate pedestrian data, more precise addresses, and more detailed views of roads, parks, buildings, airports, and more. Apple began testing an expansion of the new Maps app to the Southeast and Central United States in late December, which were the...

Revamped Apple Maps Expands to the Southeast and Central United States [Updated]

Friday December 27, 2019 10:56 am PST by
Apple in December began testing an expansion of its more detailed Apple Maps app in the Central and Southeastern parts of the United States, along with Alaska, and that updated Maps content is now rolling out to all customers. The revamped Maps app features more extensive geographical details, with updated buildings, roads, parks, sports fields, parking lots, foliage, pools, pedestrian...

Apple Maps Revamp Rolls Out Widely in Western and Midwestern United States

Tuesday November 19, 2019 6:32 am PST by
In June 2018, Apple announced that its Maps app would be rebuilt "from the ground up" with more accurate details like grass and trees, pools, parking lots, exact building shapes, sports areas like baseball diamonds and basketball courts, and pedestrian pathways that are commonly walked but previously unmapped. Apple Maps with revamped data in Western and Midwestern U.S. via Justin O'Beirne ...

Apple's Maps Revamp Creeps into Midwest U.S.

Monday October 14, 2019 3:48 am PDT by
Apple's Maps app rebuild continues its journey across North America this week, with the company following its pattern of rolling out the enhanced maps in adjacent continental U.S. states. Before (left) and after – Midwest maps comparison via Reddit user 999999797 Apple has been deploying the enhanced maps up the northeast United States over the last few months, with the rollout recently...

iOS 13 'Look Around' Maps Feature Expands to Los Angeles and New York City

Monday September 30, 2019 1:46 pm PDT by
Look Around, a new iOS 13 Maps feature that's designed to provide a street level view of what's around you similar to Google's Street View is now available in Los Angeles and New York City. At launch and during the ‌iOS 13‌ beta testing period, Look Around in Maps was limited to the Bay Area of California, Las Vegas, and parts of Hawaii, but Apple is working to expand it to additional...

Revamped Apple Maps Rollout Reaches New York City

Monday September 30, 2019 3:23 am PDT by
Apple on Monday began rolling out a major update to its New York City coverage in the Maps app, boosting geographical details and correcting numerous errors in the process, according to the New York Post. The update should see an increase in details on buildings, roads, parks, sports fields, parking lots, ground cover, foliage, pools, pedestrian pathways, and bodies of water. For...