New Apple Maps details now available in 16 countries and territories

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The new Apple Maps detail has rolled out to three more countries and territories, bringing the total to 16. Apple began the process of creating its own map data from scratch in 2018, and the latest expansion covers France, Monaco, and New Zealand.

The new map data offers much more detail in both 2D and 3D representations, with the biggest difference seen in buildings of particular significance…

Background

Apple first announced that it was starting over with its mapping data with the launch of iOS 12 in 2018. The first area to be remapped was San Francisco and the Bay Area, before expanding north of the California.

“Since we introduced this six years ago – we won’t go over all the issues we had when we introduced it – we’ve made a huge investment to upgrade the map,” says Eddy Cue, senior vice president of Apple, which owns Maps, in an interview last week.

“When we launched, a lot of it was about directions and getting to a certain place. Find the location and get directions to that location. We have made a huge investment by making millions of changes, adding millions of locations, updating the map and changing the map more frequently. All of these things over the past six years” […]

Benefits of the new mapping system include the ability to update and correct data in real time. Cue says the new map infrastructure will allow Apple to process roadworks and corrections much faster than the current version.

The new Apple Maps will also be the first version to use data collected by all those Apple Maps vans that have been traveling the country for years. Tech Crunch took a ride in one of these vans and says each one comes with a Mac Pro, an array of SSDs and an iPad – in addition to GPS, LiDAR array and hi-res cameras that we see.

Apple completed the US remapping in 2020 and has since added 15 new countries and territories.

The Cupertino company has added other improvements to iOS 15, including augmented reality walking directions for select cities.

With the release of iOS 15, Apple Maps gets its biggest update with a detail-rich city experience, driving directions with better navigation, immersive walking directions displayed in augmented reality, and more. The update, which spans the new map that Apple spent years building from scratch, is now available in London, Los Angeles, New York and the San Francisco Bay Area, with d other cities to come.

New Apple Maps details reach three more locations

Mapping enthusiast Justin O’Beirne has been following the rollout and reports that France, Monaco and New Zealand were all updated yesterday.

After thirty-nine days of public testing, Apple’s new map data was expanded to France, Monaco and New Zealand on July 7, 2022.

This now brings the total to 16 countries and territories:

  • WE
  • UK
  • Ireland
  • Canada
  • Spain
  • Portugal
  • Italy
  • San Marino
  • Vatican City
  • Andorra
  • Australia
  • Germany
  • Singapore
  • France
  • monaco
  • New Zealand

O’Beirne shows examples of old and new maps, in 2D and 3D views. For example, look at the piers and parks in Monaco:

But the most immediately visible difference is in the 3D detail of key buildings, like Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.

The most striking difference shown is the island of Mont Saint-Michel!

Check out more examples on O’Beirne’s site.

Eight more countries and territories on the way

Apple has revealed that even more countries and territories will benefit from the improved coverage in iOS 16:

  • Belgium
  • Israel
  • Liechtenstein
  • Luxemburg
  • Netherlands
  • Palestinian territories
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Swiss

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