Today, users in the UK and Ireland can experience new Apple Maps with faster and more accurate navigation and comprehensive views of roads, buildings, parks, airports, malls and more, making it easier and more fun to map any trip.
“Apple Maps is the best way to explore and navigate the world – all while protecting your privacy – and we’ve excited to bring the new map to our users in the UK and Ireland,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet. Software and services. “We’ve rebuilt the map from the ground up, with better navigation, richer details, more accurate location information and incredible features like looking around, cycling directions and curated guides from trusted resources. We’ve been thinking about how Maps can help users find the places they love and get there even faster and easier. “
Maps help hundreds of millions of people in over 200 countries and territories navigate and explore the world. Central to the Maps experience, privacy offers personalized features created using device intelligence, and it’s everywhere customers are: at home, in the office, on the go on users’ iPhones, iPads, Macs and Apple Watchs, and in-car with CarPlay . Maps is deeply integrated into the most popular apps customers use every day, including photos, messages, calendar, weather and more. With MapKit and MapKit JS, Maps is also the basis for many popular third-party apps and services such as Instagram, Bank of America and Nike Run Club.
Based on the new map, there are many features that help users navigate and explore the world with a single tap.
Explore larger cities by looking around
Maps offers interactive street-level imagery with high-resolution 3D photography and smooth, seamless transitions through major cities with Look Around. Customers from anywhere in the world can navigate through London, Edinburgh and Dublin, with many more places to go.
Discover more places with guides
Guides provide a curated list of places of interest to visit in a city, created from a variety of trusted resources, including Time Out Group, Lonely Planet and The Evening Standard. Guides are a great way to find popular attractions, discover restaurants and explore new recommendations from respected brands.
Greener ways to explore
With iOS 14, Maps makes it easier than ever to navigate and explore in greener ways. With new cycling directions, users can see the height of a ride, check how busy a street is, and whether there are stairs along the route. Electrical routing of vehicles adds charging stops along a planned route based on the current charging type and charger types. Large cities around the world use congestion zones to reduce traffic in congested areas, and now Maps allows users to see these zones on the map and route around them when they are active.
Additional features in Maps include:
• Real-time transit information provides detailed transit schedules, live departure times, arrival times, the current location of a bus or train en route and system connections to plan a trip. Maps also contain important real-time information such as power outages. Real-time transit is available in many cities around the world.
• Speed camera will notify users as they approach speed and red light cameras along a route, with the added ability to see where they are on the map.
• Del ETA sends an estimated arrival time to family, friends or colleagues with a single tap. The recipient can follow the journey, and Maps will even update them with a revised estimate of when the traveler will arrive if a significant delay occurs.
• Favorites provides one-touch navigation to frequent locations. Whether at home, work, gym or school, users can just tap and go when it’s in Favorites on the Home screen.
• Siri Natural Language Guidance provides more natural sound instructions that are even easier to follow, such as “At the next traffic light, turn left.”
• Fly over offers a way to see selected large metro areas with photorealistic, immersive 3D views. Users can move the device through the room to experience a city from above, or explore in high resolution as they zoom, pan, tilt and rotate around the city and landmarks.
• Flight status uses Siri intelligence on the device to scan for information stored in Mail, Calendar or Wallet, and proactively serves flight information for terminals, port locations and departure times, as well as flight changes or cancellations for upcoming trips.
• Indoor map for airports and malls allows users to simply open the Maps app and see what level they are at, restrooms and even which shops and restaurants are open.
Maps and privacy
Apple is committed to keeping personal information safe and has built-in privacy at the heart of Maps. With Maps, no login is required and it is not connected to an Apple ID in any way. Personal features, such as suggesting departure time to make the next appointment, are created using the intelligence of the device. All data collected by Maps while using the app, such as keywords, navigation routing and traffic information, is linked to random identifiers that are continuously reset to ensure the best possible experience and to improve Maps. Maps go even further to hide the user’s location on Apple servers as they search for a location through a process called “fuzzing.” Maps converts the exact location where the search originated to a less accurate one after 24 hours, and does not keep the history of what was searched or where a user has been.
MacDailyNews Take: Congratulations, Apple Maps users in the UK and Ireland!