3 new Apple Maps features you should try now

“Apple added several new features to Maps with the launch of iOS 13 and iPadOS 13,” Jason Cipriani writes for CNET:

It’s taken Apple nearly seven years to take Apple Maps from a laughable attempt at replacing Google Maps to a true mapping solution that can stand on its own, but I think the company finally did it.

For example, after the update can share your ETA with any contact in your phone, keeping them up to date on your exact location and when you’re set to arrive. There’s also a new Look Around feature that is a lot like Google Street View, but made by Apple.

MacDailyNews Take: Meaning: It’s better.

Apple has also spent a lot of time, more or less, scanning every street and road across the country to produce a more detailed, better-looking map. The new-look has been slowly rolling out to the US since the launch of iOS 13 in September, with the expectation of covering all of the US by the end of the year.

MacDailyNews Take: While Apple Maps is our go-to maps and navigation app, we hope to someday be able to grab hold of a route at any point and have it snap to alternate routes as we adjust it, à la Google Maps.


    1. This is actually true. And when you are trying to use it in Thailand it‘s just a desaster. I corrected the position of Hua Hin (the „Aspen“ of Thailand),which is 20 kilometers off the real position 2 years ago, they didnt correct it. And this week I was in Disneyland in Anaheim and wanted to use Apple maps… It’s a complete joke… and this in California. They focus on gimmicks they can demonstrate at their keynotes but would better do their homework

  1. Why doesn’t AppleMaps on the desktop hold parity with the iOS version. All Google Maps are the same on the desktop and mobile. Apple is always doing some odd things that make little sense to me. Although I enjoy using AppleMaps I wouldn’t consider leaving Google Maps until AppleMaps has a street view and has Greenway paths. I believe Apple will eventually catch up to Google but it may take a couple of more years.

  2. Wish you could download maps for specific regions such as the USA. Apple and Google maps are useless without an internet connection. Try using either app at a US National or State Park.

    1. You actually can download user-defined map areas for 100% offline use with Google Maps. That’s one of the big reasons I keep Google Maps around, for use when travelling out of country or in a weak-signal area like national parks etc.

      (Don’t anyone claim Apple has something similar just because it can cache a single route before losing signal. That’s not even in the same ballpark).

      1. It’s not even in the same ballpark, but Apple has something similar as it can cache a single route before losing signal, but it’s not even in the same ballpark. Google Maps FTW

  3. Look Around view is amazing only but in Very few places! Yet I still don’t have effective 3D view of buildings in satellite view but do have it on regular map view—I’m not even 300 miles from from Cupertino in a 200k city. The roll out of feature sets like 3d in satellite view (demo when Steve Jobs was alive) and now Look Around is frustratingly slow.

  4. How about being able to add intermediate waypoints when trip planning? How far is it if I go this way or that way. I find it way too difficult to measure between two points if one of them isn’t your current location. This is just basic GPS stuff. Does anybody there actually do software design anymore? I know they must not do software testing anymore, but design?!?! Come on Apple!

  5. Not even close for Australia. Google Maps streets ahead (pardon the pun). Apple Maps on iOS and MacOS distant last in a 2-horse race. Just checked on Catalina (just in case…) but still not worth using. All the glowing reviews come from USA – a reminder to apple about the rest of the world…

  6. Does anyone else feel like Apple likes the hardware side more than the software side? Seems like software is not rigorously tested by the key people, maybe built to be played with, enough to look “shiny”.

    Do they really value dependable, robustly useable features equally across all apps? Is their app development too siloed (Mac Mail doesn’t speak to Calendar…etc)

    Why does it feel like I’m getting just enough instead of insanely great software?

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