When the iPhone first launched, it was preloaded with Google Maps. In 2012, Apple replaced it with its own mapping application known as Apple Maps. It launched in beta in the iOS 6 beta, and was released to the public that fall.

After its launched, it was clear that it was no on the same level of quality as Google Maps. The poor launch led to a public apology from Tim Cook and ultimately led to the firing of Scott Forstall.

Apple Maps Features

Over the years, Apple has continued to adds features to Apple Maps. iOS 11 brought lane guidance and a speed limit widget on the navigation, and indoor location mapping.

Apple has also added proactive location suggestions (time to get home when you are leaving work, etc), integration with public transit, Yelp integration, and integration with ride sharing services like Lyft and Uber.

With iOS 12, Apple has proclaimed they are rebuilding Maps from the ground up.

Maps is being rebuilt from the ground up to better reflect the world around you. The new underlying map uses Apple data and features enhanced geographic context like pedestrian paths and parks, more detailed building outlines and parking lots, better road network coverage, and more. You’ll also be able to get where you’re going with improved routes, whether you’re on the road or on foot. The new Maps is now available in Northern California and is coming soon to the rest of the United States.

While the general consensus is that Google Maps offers more accurate data and navigation, Apple Maps is widely considered to be the most used mapping application in the world since it’s built into every iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

Apple Maps Stories October 6

iOS 15.1 beta 3 fixes Apple Maps ‘Look Around’ image quality issue

When Apple released iOS 15, the Apple Maps’ Look Around feature started to render slower and with blurred images. Now, it seems Apple has fixed this with the third beta of iOS 15.1.

Apple Maps Stories September 27

Apple Maps will expand the number of cities with 3D view in the coming months. As of now, iOS 15 users can experience London, Los Angeles, New York City, and other major cities in a full, richer way.

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Apple Maps Stories September 10

Apple today is expanding its enhanced Maps experience across Italy following some tests with specific regions of the Italian Peninsula earlier this year. Besides improved data, Apple Maps in Italy is also getting 3D buildings, better navigation, and even Look Around — which is Apple’s version of Street View built with 3D images.

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Apple Maps Stories August 23

Apple introduced with iOS 14 last year a new ratings and photo system for points of interest in Apple Maps that was built entirely by the company without relying on third-party services. Now these features are being rolled out to US users.

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Apple Maps Stories July 1

Apple working to expand Apple Maps ‘Look Around’ feature to Austria soon

Apple will start to collect imagery to expand the Apple Maps feature ‘Look Around’ to Austria starting next week until December.

Apple Maps Stories April 28

Apple Maps has received some handy improvements with iOS 14.5 that include reporting accidents, hazards, and speed checks, expanded ETA sharing, as well as refreshed guides. Read on for a look at how to report accidents in Apple Maps and more.

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Apple Maps Stories March 30

Apple Maps has been updated to show COVID-19 airport travel guidance in partnership with the Airports Council International. The feature is rolling out now with Apple Maps surfacing a paragraph of important details along with a link to an airport’s COVID travel guidance page.

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Apple Maps Stories March 29

Update: So far, we’re aware of Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden and Taiwan.

iOS 14 saw the introduction of Apple Maps speed camera alerts, but this was initially limited to the US, UK, and Ireland. We’re now seeing it rolling out to a number of additional countries.

Apple bills the feature as a warning to anticipate slowing traffic …

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Apple Maps Stories March 16

Apple is updating Apple Maps and Siri to display COVID-19 vaccine information and providers in the United States. Apple made this announcement in a press release Tuesday afternoon, saying that Apple Maps will show users operating hours and links to other important information for vaccine clinics.

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Apple Maps Stories March 15

We’ve already detailed a handful of new features coming to Apple Maps in iOS 14.5, including Waze-style reporting and hazard features. Now, it also appears that Apple is working on a new feature to show users how busy a particular point of interest is before they visit.

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Apple Maps Stories March 4

iOS version of What3Words app now uses Apple Maps

If you’re not familiar with the What3Words app, it’s a clever idea designed to make it easier to tell people exactly where you are. Every three-meter square in the world has a unique three-word code, and the iOS app now uses Apple Maps instead of Google Maps for its displays and directions …

Apple Maps Stories February 10

Apple is bringing a variety of Waze-like features to Apple Maps with the release of iOS 14.5. The update gives users the ability to report speed traps, accidents, and other road hazards using Siri, CarPlay, or through the Apple Maps app on iPhone.

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Apple Maps Stories January 16

Apple is expanding Apple Maps with new VolunteerMatch integration. The new partnership between Apple Maps and VolunteerMatch will allow users to easily find ways to volunteer in their communities ahead of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday.

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Apple Maps Stories December 10, 2020

Apple has announced today that it is now rolling out its all-new Apple Maps design across Canada. The company says that Apple Maps in Canada now features improved road coverage and pedestrian data, detailed land cover, and new ways to explore with Look Around, Guides, and more.

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Apple Maps Stories November 24, 2020

Apple Maps public transit navigation rollout begins in Austria

Apple Maps public transit navigation continues its leisurely global rollout, with the ability to plan journeys using trains now available in parts of Austria. A next-step is also anticipated in Germany …

Apple Maps Stories October 25, 2020

The redesigned Apple Maps interface came to the United Kingdom earlier this month, offering Look Around, improved cartography, and much more. Now, Apple appears to be in the early stages of rolling out this redesigned Apple Maps experience to users in Canada.

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Apple Maps Stories October 9, 2020

Privacy-focused browser DuckDuckGo has been using Apple Maps since early 2019 and has been improving the integration steadily. Now DuckDuckGo has launched driving and walking directions to further complete the feature set while keeping your location searches completely private.

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Apple Maps Stories October 5, 2020

We noted last week that Apple Maps London coverage has been significantly improved as part of a shift to the company using its own UK mapping data sourced from both satellite imagery and Apple Maps cars.

A Londoner has now put together some slide-over comparisons, highlighting some specific changes …

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Apple Maps Stories September 7, 2020

Apple has been operating vehicles equipped with advanced sensors for some time, which are dedicated to collecting data to enhance Apple Maps. 9to5Mac has now learned exclusive details about how Apple uses these vehicles and manages such data.

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Apple Maps Stories September 3, 2020

Flyover is a built-in feature in Apple Maps that allows users to navigate around a city through 3D buildings instead of standard satellite images. Today the feature is being expanded to Amsterdam, Haarlem, Zandvoort, and other cities in the Netherlands.

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Apple Maps Stories August 26, 2020

The original iteration of Apple Maps relied mostly on data from partners. Over time, Apple has worked to bring more of the mapping experience directly under its own control, such as with the new ground truth map initiative that it rolled out in the US last year and is expanding to several more countries before the end of 2021.

As of the latest iOS 14 beta, it appears that Apple is looking to remove dependencies on Foursquare and Yelp as sources of reviews and user photos of restaurants, bars, shops, parks, and other points of interest.

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Apple Maps Stories August 4, 2020

Apple is slowly expanding the Look Around feature that was introduced last year with iOS 13. Previously available only in the United States, the company is now making Look Around available to some Japanese cities.

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Apple Maps Stories July 24, 2020

Apple Maps reminding travellers of CDC coronavirus self-isolation guidance

As spotted by Kyle Seth Gray, Apple Maps is sending out push notifications to travelers to remind them of the recommended self-isolation guidance following an international trip.

Apple Maps Stories June 12, 2020

There’s been a huge Apple Maps update over the course of the past few weeks, with real-time transit information now available the whole of Canada, the Netherlands, Sweden, and most of the UK (excludes Northern Ireland). It has also been made available in selected cities in Australia and China – as well as many more US cities and states.

There are also substantial expansions to Look Around, Nearby, Turn-by-turn Navigation, and Indoor Maps for airports …

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