Among many updates to iOS 15,more detailed maps, improvements for transit riders, AR experiences, and other changes to the platform. The improvements built on the new map Apple began rolling out two years ago, which focused on offering richer details and more accurate navigation in response to user feedback and complaints. Since then, Apple Maps has steadily improved.
The new map experience hasin the U.S., U.K., Ireland, and Canada and will now make its way to Spain and Portugal, starting today. I will arrive in Italy and Australia later this year; on Monday.
In addition, Apple said iOS 15for commercial districts, marinas, buildings, and more. Plus, Apple has added things like elevation, new road colors, labels, and hundreds of custom-designed landmarks — for example, places like the Golden Gate Bridge.
Apple also built a new nighttimewith a “moonlit glow,” it said. For drivers, Apple added further road details to the map to help drivers throughout a city to better see and understand important things like turn lanes, medians, buses, and taxi lanes.
The changes are competitive with some of the updates Google has been making as of late to its own Google Maps platform, which brought street-level details in select cities. These— including those navigating on foot, in a wheelchair, on a bike, or a scooter, for example — to better see things like sidewalks and intersections.
Apple is now catching up, saying it will show features like crosswalks and bike lanes. It will also render things like overlapping complex interchanges in 3D space, making it easier to see upcoming traffic conditions or what route to take. These features will .
Meanwhile, Maps has made. Users can pin their favorite lines to the top and of their Apple Watch, so they don’t have to pull out their phones. The updated Maps app will automatically follow your transit route and notify you when to disembark, making it more competitive to third-party apps often favored by transit takers, such as Citymapper.
When you exit your station, you can also hold up your iPhone to scan the buildings in the area. Maps will generate an accurate position, offering direction in. This is similar to the Live View AR directions . in select cities in 2021, with more to come in the year ahead.