Totally rebuilt, greatly improved Apple Maps now available in Texas, Louisiana, and southern Mississippi

Apple is rolling out new Maps with richer details and better road coverage.
Apple is rolling out new Maps with richer details and better road coverage.

Apple’s Maps app is being rebuilt from the ground up to better reflect the world around you. The new underlying map uses Apple data and features enhanced geographic context like pedestrian paths and parks, more detailed building outlines and parking lots, better road network coverage, and more. You’ll also be able to get where you’re going with improved routes, whether you’re on the road or on foot.

Joe Rossignol for MacRumors:

The improvements first rolled out in Northern California in July 2018, followed by Hawaii and Southern California in November 2018, and Arizona, New Mexico, and the Las Vegas metropolitan area in April 2019.

Now, the updated data is available across Texas, Louisiana, and the southern half of Mississippi, as Apple continues its pattern of rolling out the updated maps in adjacent continental U.S. states.

MacDailyNews Take: Congrats, Texas, Louisiana, and southern Mississippi! Apple’s new Maps data is coming to the entire country by the end of the year!

We expect to roll out this map across the entire US by the end of this year and select other countries next year. — Craig Federighi, June 3, 2019


    1. The number of potential way points would be massive and would probably need to be in a “Set” of databases. Think of a database for Washington DC, or New York. And then the really big databases for the UK. London would, in itself, be huge if more than basic information was included.

      1. Oh bovine excrement. Map programs from 12-15 years ago had just these capabilities, and a few still do (Honda Trip Planner, I’m Looking at you). It boils down to laziness or incompetence, I’ll leave it up to you decide which is applicable.

        1. Lack of leadership.

          iOS, credit cards, media subscription, irreparable hardware. All variations of closed ecosystems dedicated primarily to locking its customers into walled gardens. Many inmates have no idea what they could do in the outside world, they long ago gave up critical thinking in order to worship a brand. Thus Apple thinks they have no need to work hard to give their customers a superior product or service — simply by charging more, many lemmings will assume that Apple’s unimpressive wares must be superior. Yet objective comparisons show that Apple’s stuff is no longer better, even before noting the significant Apple Tax. Maps, Siri, Homepod, Music, icloud, Macbooks are all overpriced/limiting and easily outperformed by better products from other brands. Don’t believe it? Well be sure to get in line for the first $1000 monitor stand. That is innovative! An entirely new way to rip off customers.

  1. Where I live on Long Island, N.Y. AppleMaps shows 3D buildings up to a certain point north to south, but west of that point no 3D buildings are shown. From that point in Queens there are no more 3D buildings on the map all the way to the Eastern tip of Long Island which would be about 90 miles. It’s as though Apple just stopped putting in that data. I need to inform Apple of this because it seems like a huge oversight. It’s been this way for a couple of years.

  2. The problem with Apple Maps is two things…
    1) no online version that’s easily accessible.
    2) transit is prettier but in many places not as good.

    #1 Allows you to add places you want to go easily in a desktop client making travelling easier
    #2 is a HUGE one and a reason why Google maps is still a go-to when travelling.

    Apple’s Maps desktop client could be SO much better… especially their transit portion. It’s greatly improved but often lacks things like bus times which are the most useful in foreign countries… and in some countries doesn’t exist at ALL whereas Google has a much better transit

    I’m an Apple Maps fan for it’s beauty and privacy… but if it’s less useful… well, my hand is forced.

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