Apple confirmed today that its redesigned Maps app is now available to all users across the U.S. and that the upgrade will provide better road coverage, more accurate pedestrian data, more accurate addresses and more detailed views of roads, parks, buildings, airports, and more. Apple began testing the expansion of the new Maps app to the southeastern and central United States, the last two regions to acquire the Maps app, and did not fully deploy until today.
In an article announcing the launch of the new Maps app, Eddy Cue, Apple’s vice president of Internet software and services, said the company had “invested heavily” in creating the world’s “best and most private” mapping app.
“We set out to create the best and most private mapping apps to help people explore the world. We almost rebuilt the map app from scratch to reimagine how to improve people’s lives – from navigating to work, going to school or planning important vacations – with privacy at its core. New features such as Look Around and Collections are important steps to achieve this goal. We look forward to bringing this new map to other parts of the world starting in the second half of this year. ”
Apple also highlighted the Maps features added to iOS 13, such as a street-level “look around” view that can be used in New York City, the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Houston and Oahu, as well as collections to create a list of favorite places.
Favorites is another new feature that allows users to save routes to frequently visited places, while other major map features include “shared ETA,” flight status information, indoor maps of shopping centers and airports, Siri natural language guides, and apple maps that will also provide real-time bus information for cities such as San Francisco, New York and Los Angeles.
Apple also shared details of the privacy features built into the Maps app. The data collected by Maps is associated with a constantly reset random identifier, and Apple servers “fuzzy” location searches by converting the exact location from which the search originates into a less precise location.
With the launch of a new map in the U.S., Apple plans to bring the redesigned product to Europe “in the coming months.”