The Apple Maps application has been included in the Mac OS since the release of OS X Mavericks. The Map app offers mapping services that include driving directions, turn-by-turn navigation, transit time for car, public transportation and trip, 3D terrain and building modeling, trip planning, Flyover, traffic and many other features.  Although the Maps app for the Mac is a powerful map tool, it really shines when paired with an iPhone or iPad as a navigation aid. You can even use an Apple Watch to guide you to your destination.
Mapping has not always been a hit; someone would go so far as to say that the original implementation was a flop, with so many errors in the underlying map base that it was not uncommon to hear if people are being led on farms or in fields or lakes as part of a route to come from here to there.
Over the years, Apple has improved the Maps app, added features and corrects underlying issues with the map base. Finally, Apple came to the conclusion that mapping was more than a feature needed for Apple devices; It was a core technology needed for Apple's future.
Apple announced in 201
Apple has already started rolling out the new map data, incorporating it into current versions of Maps, and slowly replacing the map data from third-party sources, such as TomTom.
We'll look at some of the features found in the Maps app for Mac, especially for versions included with MacOS Sierra and later, with emphasis on Maps 2.1, released with macOS Mojave.
The maps have many uses including viewing places, making travel plans and getting directions. The Map Bar will probably be where your journey begins.
If you have not already done so, start Maps, located in the / Applications folder, or click the Maps icon in the Dock.
Search: The maps contain a search field that is at the front and middle at the top of the map window. Click in the search box and enter the place you are interested in. You can try searching for addresses, company names, parks, schools, street names, cities, states and countries.
When you enter the search criteria, Maps can generate search suggestions. You can choose between suggestions as a shortcut to enter a full name.
If your search returns a result (and usually it will), the map displays the location and releases a red pin, indicating the exact location on the map.
Favorites : Over time you will probably build up more places you continue to come back to. You can make returning to these places easier by adding them to your favorites list.
- Add to Favorites: Favorites are added from the information card associated with a red stick or stick you release on the map. Click or tap the information icon in the banner next to a pin. If no banner is visible, try clicking or pressing the tab to make it visible. When the information card is displayed, select the Favorites button to add the location to your favorite list.
- Accessing Favorites: Click or tap the magnifying glass in the search box. From the favorites list, select Favorites. A list of your favorite places will be shown.
- Deleting or Editing Favorites: Record the list of Favorites with the instructions above. At the bottom of the list, click the Edit button. You can delete a favorite by clicking or pressing the remove icon (X) to the far right of the favorite name. You can edit the name of the favorite by clicking or pressing the name and then entering a new name. When finished, click the Done button.
Pins : Pins are used to mark a location and are useful for getting directions to a place or as a waypoint on a route. Pins you add are purple in color, while placement pins generated from the search bar or favorite list are red. You can only have one purple pin in a map at a time. Pins you add are temporary and will be deleted when you exit the Maps app. To make a pin available for later use, add the place as a favorite.
- Add a stick: Place the cursor on the location where you want to add a stick. Right-click or control-click and select Drop Pin from the pop-up menu.
- Remove Purple Pin: Place the cursor over the purple pin and right-click or control-click. Select Remove Pin from the pop-up menu.
Directions : Getting directions to and from a place is one of the most widely used map features. Maps offer a number of useful directions. To access driving directions, it is best if you start with the map oriented at one of the start or end points, but this is not a requirement.
- Select the directions in the Maps toolbar or your Mac touchline (if equipped). If a position pin is displayed, it will be used as the end point for the directions. If you want to use a lost (purple) tap as the end point, select the purple tab information banner and select Directions.
- Your current position as determined from the
location service for Mac(if enabled) will be used as the start of the directions.
- You can change both start and end points by entering new locations. When you manually enter a starting point or
end pointthe text field takes the same properties as the bar bar, makes suggestions and gives you access to your favorites and recent searches.
- You can choose to have the directions are tailor-made to drive, walk or take public transport by choosing the right button.
- One or more directions will be listed in the directions, each with a time estimate and distance traveled. You can see instructions for each route for each route by selecting the Details button to the right of each set of directions.
- When you click or click on each step in the directions, select that point on the map.
- Options Wizard: You can customize the directions to avoid customs or highways, as well as change public transport options using the View menu, purchase options, or Transit options.
Sending directions and maps to another device: When you have one or more sets of directions, you can send them to your iOS device. You must be signed in to both devices with the same iCloud account for transfer to work.
In the Maps app, select the Share button from the toolbar or choose Share from the File menu.
A list of sharing options, including a list of available iOS devices, is displayed. Select the appropriate device from the list.
The directions will be sent to your chosen iOS device.
You can also save directions as PDF by selecting File, Export as PDF.
The maps offer a variety of display options, including the standard roadmap view, transits that mark public transport routes and satellite for the distant bird's eye view. The views are controlled by the buttons located in the toolbar, as well as menu items in the View menu:
- Map: This view shows a standard map layout similar to what you would find on an old-fashioned out-of-the-box map that you can get at the corner gas station. You can scroll, zoom in, zoom out, and rotate. We'll tell you more about how to move around the map a little later.
- Transit: This map view shows the highlight of public transport, including bus, subway, traffic lights, commuter trains and ferries.
- Satellite: The map is overlaid with satellite images so you can zoom in for the close-up of an area, such as the Red Sox dugout at Fenway Park in Boston. Or zoom back to get an overview of the area.
You can enable multiple display options using the View drop-down menu at the bottom left of the map window.
Map 2.0 (pre-macOS Mojave) Show options:
- Show traffic: This display option will color code roads at traffic load. Orange indicates a decline, red is stop-and-go traffic, a red marker indicates a traffic event, which can be accidents, road works, detours, etc. Click the event cursor to get more information.
- View 3D map: You can also click the 3D button at the bottom right of the map. Once selected, 3D models of buildings, terrain, and features are displayed on the map. You may need to zoom in to see the 3D details.
Kart 2.1 (MacOS Mojave and later) adds three additional Show options:
- Show labels: Another way to show or hide labels.
- Show Air Quality: Displays the air quality index of the current location displayed on the map.
- Show Weather conditions: Shows current temperature and weather conditions for the city, area, or selected landmark visible on the current map.
Flyover: Flyover is an inspected aerial view of a place that uses map 3D models and overlaid satellite images to produce flyover. Flyover is available for a limited number of locations.
Flyover is a great way to experience a new place on or to preview a route to take. In addition to the predefined flyovers, Maps can generate a similar interactive 3D view that lets you explore an area from above, with the ability to zoom, pan, tilt, and rotate.
To use premade flyovers, enter one of the flyover locations in the search field from the list that is linked. For a quick example, try the following:
Set the view to satellite.
Use the Show Options menu to select View 3D Map
Enter Boston, San Francisco or even Yosemite National Park in the search field.
Wait for the place to finish. You should see a banner at the bottom of the window that says "3D Flyover Tour of xxxx." Click or press the Start button in the banner.
If you do not see the Flyover banner, try selecting the information panel associated with the red stick that was placed on the map. Within the information panel should be an option to start the Flyover view. Remember that not all places have premade flyers.
If you want to make your own flyover, make sure the view is set to Satellite, Show 3D Map. Use the following keyboard shortcuts to control the display:
- Tilt: Hold down the Option key and move the pointer up to increase tilt or down to decrease tilt.
- Rotate: Hold down the radio button and move the pointer horizontally to rotate the view.
- Zoom: Hold down the Shift key and scroll to zoom in or zoom out.
- Drag: Move the map in the direction you drag.
Maps for the Mac can be a handy tool for planning trips or just exploring new places. With Apple focused on reworking Maps with a whole new set of basics, as well as bringing new features to MacOS Catalina and iOS 13, Maps can rip off the old reputation as a race and become a go-to navigation app.