When Apple decided years ago to build its own Maps app, things didn't go well initially. But the company has worked hard to improve that original offering, constantly improve its accuracy, and add new features. Now the company says it has rolled out a redesigned map for all US users, with Europe coming later.
If you are in the US and are using an iPhone or iPad, you do not have to do anything to experience the new maps. Just load the app you are already familiar with and the update is available. You may not first see the difference, but zoom in and you will see the first change.
From now on you see a good approach to building shapes, even in areas that other apps such as Google Maps and Here Maps do not currently do. I checked my house in a suburb outside of Cincinnati, and Apple Maps shows all the houses around me, and in their estimated positions. Google and not here. I have to zoom in on the center of Cincinnati to see some (but not all) buildings in the other apps.
Even if you live far from metropolitan areas, chances are that you will still benefit from the building overview. However, Apple did not stop there. In major cities such as New York or Los Angeles, you can enable a new Look Around feature.
It works a lot on Google & # 39; s Street View and when you turn it on, you see photos of the city that you can pan and move. And in 350 cities you can enable a flyover display that allows you to explore the city from above in a photo-realistic, immersive 3D display.
With this update, Apple also introduced a new collective feature. With collections you collect different locations that you often travel to or love. You can then share those collections with family or friends, which can be useful if you host visitors outside the city.
In addition to the many other functions that Apple provides, the company wants to emphasize privacy again. To support this, the company says that Maps does not require a login or connect to your Apple ID. In addition, Maps conceals your location on Apple's servers when searching for locations through a process that & # 39; fuzzing & # 39; is called.
That's all good news for American users today, and the company says the changes will be implemented in Europe in the coming months.  via Apple