How to see the future of Apple Maps

Apple Maps logo

Apple Maps logo

Apple has begun rolling out huge improvements to Apple Maps, which will offer more detail than ever before — but only these are only available in limited parts of the U.S. at present.

Dial ‘C’ for ‘California’

Apple is rolling these improvements out over the rest of the year in the U.S., but has said nothing on its international plans.

Right now, you’ll only find them if you look around California, in places like Yuba Valley, Circuit City or San Jose.

You’ll find maps offer much more details about vegetation, more accurate building shapes, details like swimming pools, back garden tennis courts — even the small green spaces in between roads. The also provide more accurate representations of beaches, ports and more.

Old v New

The difference between old Apple Maps and new

Justin O’Beirne who worked for Apple Maps has tracked all these changes and published this small gif that shows the impact — you’ll find many more improvements described in his article here.

Mapping the changes

Discussing these improvements earlier this year, Apple VP Eddy Cue told TechCrunch: “We have been working on trying to create what we hope is going to be the best map app in the world, taking it to the next step,” he said. “That is building all of our own map data from the ground up.”

Apple began working on this project way back in 2014. It opened its it new Maps development hub in Hyderabad, India in 2016, working in partnership with a firm that builds one of the world’s largest databases of 3D buildings. The company is using anonymized data generated by iPhones and its own fleet of sensor-packed Apple Maps cars to gather this data.





Jonny Evans

Watching Apple since 1999. I don't say what they should do. I say what they might do. They sometimes do.

1 Response

  1. Ronald Quint says:

    Apple maps still looks plain with little detail viewing it on an iPhone or iPad. 1. Little or no business information. 2. Street names are also largely lacking. Even (pinch/zoom) to smallest detail. However, navigation is getting better. Travelling through Los Angeles last night Apple maps shows improved lane guidance toward exit ramps on the 710, 10, I-5. Also posting the speed limit is a nice touch.

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