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 Get a List of Directions in Apple Maps

Monday November 15, 2021 6:11 pm PST by
After several years of iterations and improvements, Apple Maps has become a solid app and a viable Google Maps alternative for getting GPS-based directions to navigate journeys by car, public transport, bicycle, and on foot. Depending on the journey though, you may want to print off a list of turn-by-turn directions to refer to instead of relying on your iPhone and draining the battery. Or...

iOS 15: How to Find Fun Things to Do With the Dedicated Apple Maps Guide Section

Friday August 6, 2021 3:12 pm PDT by
In iOS 15, has brought several major improvements to the Maps app, with better driving directions, improved transit directions, and more immersive AR-based walking directions. In addition, Apple has added a dedicated Guides Home that houses editorially curated guides with tips on what to do in a city where you live or where you're visiting. To explore Apple's guides at any time in the...

iOS 15: How to Find Transit Stations Near You in Apple Maps

Friday August 6, 2021 3:08 pm PDT by
In iOS 15, Apple's Maps app benefits from a range of new features and improvements, including the ability get real-time information on the nearby transit options available to you. This transit information can be found for major bus routes and rail lines in cities with updated maps. Transit riders can see all of the departures listed near them, including any existing delays on services, and...

iOS 15: How to Get AR Walking Directions in Maps

Monday August 2, 2021 11:35 am PDT by
In iOS 15, Apple's Maps app benefits from a range of new features and improvements, including the ability to use augmented reality walking directions in big cities. In a nod to Google Maps, the new AR mode can map walking directions onto the real world by using your iPhone's rear camera, making it easier to see where you need to go in built-up areas and reducing the need to look down at your ...

iOS 15: How to Find User Settings in Maps

Thursday July 29, 2021 4:40 pm PDT by
In iOS 15, Apple has added a user account area in the Maps app that corrals several custom areas like direction mode, toll and highway avoidance options, transit options, and more. To access it, simply tap the circular icon to the immediately to the right of the search bar. You should see your initials within the circle, indicating it's your account. A new menu card will pop up with...

iOS 15: How to Filter Search Results in Maps

Thursday July 29, 2021 4:35 pm PDT by
In iOS 15, Apple has worked to improve the search results in its Maps app, and has added the ability to filter results by options like what specific cuisine you're looking for, whether a restaurant is open or offers takeout, and more. In the following steps, we've demonstrated how it works by looking for restaurants that serve a particular type of cuisine, but you can filter other...

iOS 15: How to Use the Interactive Maps Globe

Thursday July 29, 2021 4:15 pm PDT by
In iOS 15, Apple has enhanced the Maps app to include a new globe view that allows you to spin the world around and zoom into different regions on Earth. In previous versions of iOS, zooming out maximally in Maps would present you with a flat world map, but the new globe view gives you a three-dimensional view of Earth from space that's a lot more fun to navigate. It's easier, too –...

iOS 15: How to Set Leaving and Arrival Times for Driving Directions in Apple Maps

Wednesday July 7, 2021 3:05 pm PDT by
Apple Maps received several notable improvements in iOS 15, including new details in cities, an interactive globe, and enhanced driving directions. It also gained a feature that has long been available in rival map apps – the ability to set leaving and arrival times for driving directions. This is a feature that's long been available for Google Maps, and one that's really useful if you...

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...

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...

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Apple Maps Gains AR Walking Directions in Tokyo, Japan

Wednesday May 25, 2022 3:59 am PDT by
In iOS 15, Apple's Maps app includes the ability to use augmented reality walking directions in some big cities, and today we learn that Tokyo has become the latest place that you can use it. The AR mode can map walking directions onto the real world by using your iPhone's rear camera, making it easier to see where you need to go in built-up areas and reducing the need to look down at your...
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Redesigned Apple Maps Expands to Germany and Singapore

Thursday April 21, 2022 1:14 am PDT by
Apple has expanded its updated Apple Maps to Germany and Singapore, with the app now offering more detailed road coverage, improved navigation, three-dimensional landmarks, improved views of parks, buildings, airports, shopping centers, and availability of the Look Around feature. The expansion comes after 48 days of public testing, according to ‌Apple Maps‌ enthusiast Justin O'Beirne,...
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Apple Maps Cycling Directions Now Available in Chicago, Detroit, and More US Cities

Tuesday April 19, 2022 3:01 am PDT by
Apple has added cycling directions for several parts of the Midwest, including Chicago, Detroit, Indianapolis, Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, and Charleston. According to Apple Maps enthusiast Justin O'Beirne, the updated coverage reportedly includes all of Ohio and West Virginia, as well as parts of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Virginia. Since the beginning of April, Apple has been ...
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Apple Maps Incorporates HAAS Safety Cloud to Improve Roadway Hazard Alerts

Thursday March 31, 2022 1:22 pm PDT by
Apple's Maps app in the United States has incorporated real-time roadway hazard information from HAAS Alert Safety Cloud, making the app better at notifying users of upcoming safety issues. According to a blog post announcing the integration, HAAS Safety Cloud is the "most comprehensive and trusted digital alerting platform for roadway safety." Drivers that are approaching emergency...
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Apple Maps Launches New Pedestrian Surveys Across the UK to Gather Data and Expand Look Around

Monday March 28, 2022 7:04 am PDT by
Apple has today begun new ground surveys across various regions of the United Kingdom, including London, Manchester, and Birmingham, to gather pedestrian data for Apple Maps (via Bloomberg). Apple will use cameras and sensors mounted on pedestrian backpacks to gather map data in Berkshire, Greater London, Greater Manchester, Staffordshire, and the West Midlands, across over 85 specific towns ...
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Apple Announces Revamped 3D Maps in Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver

Thursday March 24, 2022 7:08 pm PDT by
Apple today announced that its revamped Maps experience is now available in the Canadian cities of Toronto, Montréal, and Vancouver. 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 ...
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Apple Maps Team Members Receive Unique Thank You Gift

Tuesday December 28, 2021 7:01 am PST by
Apple has been revamping its Maps app over the last few years, with the updated experience providing more detailed coverage of roads and buildings, faster and more accurate navigation, 3D views of landmarks in major cities, and more. In light of those efforts, Apple recently sent a unique gift to some employees working on the Maps team, according to a LinkedIn post shared on Reddit. The gift ...
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Apple Exec Explains Why You Should Use Apple Maps

Wednesday December 22, 2021 12:11 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...
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Apple's Updated 3D Maps With Custom Landmarks Available in Philadelphia

Monday December 20, 2021 1:11 pm PST by
Apple recently rolled out its updated 3D mapping experience in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, according to both Apple's iOS 15 features page and reports on Twitter. With the launch of iOS 15 in September, Apple introduced an updated Apple Maps experience with 3D maps that feature additional detail and custom-designed landmarks in select cities. At launch, the updated Maps app was limited to...
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Apple Rolls Out Updated Maps Interface in Australia

Thursday December 9, 2021 3:12 pm PST by
Apple today announced that it has expanded its updated Apple Maps app to Australia, with Maps now offering more detailed road coverage, improved navigation, three-dimensional landmarks, and improved views of parks, buildings, airports, shopping centers, and more. "Apple Maps is the best way to explore and navigate the world, all while protecting your privacy. We are excited to bring this...
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Apple Rolls Out 3D Maps With Custom-Designed Landmarks in Washington, D.C. and San Diego [Updated]

Thursday November 11, 2021 9:51 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...
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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 ...
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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...
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Revamped Apple Maps Rolls Out Across Italy

Friday September 10, 2021 2:32 am PDT by
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. The update brings a raft of previously unavailable Maps features to the...
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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 ...
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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 ‌A...
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Belgium Gains Real-Time Transit Information for Apple Maps

Tuesday August 3, 2021 6:31 am PDT by
Apple Maps users in Belgium now have access to real-time transit information, offering information on whether a train is on time or possibly facing a delay, as reported by iCulture. Transit information has been available in Belgium since November of 2018; however, real-time data is new. With real-time information, users can now more easily plan their commutes based on actual transit...
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Revamped Apple Maps Now Being Tested in Italy

Friday July 30, 2021 8:16 am PDT by
A few years ago, Apple announced that it would be revamping its Maps app with more detailed maps, better road coverage, and faster and more accurate navigation. The improvements have since rolled out in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Portugal, and Spain, and Apple is focusing on Italy next. According to Apple Maps enthusiast Justin O'Beirne, Apple recently started...
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Maps in iOS 15 Now Factors Weather Warnings into Suggested Routes

Tuesday July 27, 2021 4:34 am PDT by
With each iteration, Apple Maps has been getting better at highlighting current traffic incidents and conditions like road closures so you know what to expect on suggested routes. And it looks like as of iOS 15 Beta 3, Maps will now factor weather warnings into your car journeys, too. Image credit: ChrisSDreiling First spotted by Redditor ChrisSDreiling, the latest version of Maps will alert...
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Apple Maps Vehicles Collecting 'Look Around' Imagery in Several More Countries

Monday July 26, 2021 8:35 am PDT by
Apple Maps vehicles rigged with LiDAR equipment are collecting street-level imagery and data in several more countries and regions this summer, including Austria, Switzerland, and Hong Kong, according to a list of locations maintained on Apple's website. The vehicles have also returned to Belgium to survey additional regions after focusing on the Brussels area last year. Apple Maps vehicle in ...