Last month, Apple announced that it had finished rolling out the redesign of Apple Maps that it had announced. The new look and functions are years in the making, and they finally give and users a worthy Google Maps replacement.
The new features include sharing your ETA with a contact to keep them informed of your location and arrival time. There is also a new feature created by Apple called Look Around that is similar to Google's.
Apple Maps is not the only major change in iOS 13. There areincluding a new making the upgrade attractive.
Share your ETA
This should be one of the more useful features that Apple has added in recent memory. Fromyou can share your estimated arrival time with a friend via Apple Maps, iMessage or SMS when using Apple Maps navigation. This is how:
1. Start the navigation of Apple Maps and receive step-by-step directions to a location.
2. While viewing the current directions, swipe up at the bottom of the area that shows your arrival time and shows the end button.
3 . Tap the button Share ETA .
4. Select the contact or contacts with whom you want to share it.
After tapping the Share ETA button, you may notice that some contacts have an Apple Maps icon next to their name instead of a Messages icon. These are people who also use an iPhone.
If your iPhone is running iOS 13.1 or later and you share your ETA with someone with an iPhone on iOS 13.1 or later, Apple Maps is used to share your location, route, and ETA. However, if you share your ETA with a non-iPhone user or someone with iOS 13 or older on their Apple device, a message will be sent.
When Apple Maps sends an SMS or iMessage, it says something similar:
I started sharing my ETA with you on Apple Maps: arriving at Pepsi Center around 10:44 AM. I'll let you know if I'm late.
When you get on a traffic jam or make a detour, Apple Maps sends another message to let the person know you're lagging behind and the new estimated time of arrival.
From my testing, the threshold for activating another warning was if I were 5 minutes late. So in the above case, Apple Maps would send another message if my new arrival time was 10:49 am.
There is now a more detailed map
Apple has also spent a lot of time scanning streets and roads across the country to produce a more detailed, better looking map. The new look started as a slow rollout in the US after the launch of iOS 13 in September. At the end of January.
If you have not yet seen the more detailed map, open the Maps app and look in your area. You do not need to update your app, everything is done automatically on Apple's servers.
Another notable change in Apple Maps is a new feature called Look Around. It is similar to Google's Street View, where photos are used to show you exactly what a location looks like and how you can move through the streets of the city. The only drawback is that it is now only available in New York, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Oahu, Houston and Los Angeles. Apple has quickly added more cities to the list (Look Around initially launched with support for San Francisco only) and will continue to add more cities in the future.
How do I use Look Around?
If you don't live in one of the supported cities, that's fine – you can still look around. This is how:
1. Open Apple Maps and zoom in on a city with Look Around. I chose San Francisco during testing because it is one of my favorite cities to visit.
2. Zoom in on a specific area, or until you see binoculars appear in the upper right corner of the map; just below the location icon and the "i" button.
3. Select the binoculars to open Look Around.
A window appears with a familiar Street View-like look. Fold Look around to full screen by tapping the double arrow icon.
You can swipe in that window to change the direction of the photo, or tap the street to go down the block (just like tapping arrows in Street View). As you move around, you can tap a company name to zoom in on the store and view the address, opening times, phone number, and website – the same things you see when searching for a company in Maps.
These functions are consistent with the already impressive list of additions that Apple has added to iOS 13. From (to a on your iPhone and iPad
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Originally published last year. Updated with new information.