New and improved Apple Maps rolling out now in New York and other cities in the northeastern U.S.

New and improved Apple Maps rolling out now in New York and other cities in the northeastern U.S.
Remember what a fiasco Apple Maps was when it first launched back in 2012? Countries and cities were mislabeled, and some were even missing. Turn-by-turn directions led many users to the wrong destination. Apple Maps was such a disaster that it led to the dismissal of software chief Scott Forstall (remember him?). CEO Tim Cook, who had been running the show for nearly a year at the time, penned an apology that suggested iOS users switch to Google Maps, Waze, Nokia Maps or some other navigation app until Apple fixed Maps.

Toward that end, Apple announced last year that it was no longer going to rely on third-party mapping outfits like TomTom and would instead rely on its own hard work to create the mapping data to use with Apple Maps. So it rolled out a fleet of vans equipped with cameras and sensors and started the long trek in San Francisco and the Bay area. One of the goals is to add a more accurate representation of the environment in a particular area including trees, walkways, and ponds. Besides the data collected by the vans, Apple snags some information from customers' iPhones using its Differential Privacy. This adds random data to the information being analyzed by Apple so that the company can't determine whose account it is taking the data from.

As we noted, Apple started offering the revised Maps in northern California and followed that up last November by releasing the improved maps in Hawaii and Southern California. This past April, the rollout continued in Arizona, New Mexico, and Las Vegas. According to MacRumors, last week the new and improved version of Apple Maps was made available in Texas, Louisiana and the southern half of Mississippi. Now, those currently in Washington D.C., Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York, Massachusetts, and Maine can also reap the benefits of the revamped Apple Maps. Apple says that the new and improved Apple Maps will be available for every city and town in the U.S. by the end of this year with other countries available starting in 2020.

In May of 2012, the rumor mill started buzzing with talk that Apple was going to replace Google Maps with its own navigation app; exactly one month later, Apple Maps was introduced

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10 Comments

1. alligator

Posts: 94; Member since: Jan 09, 2016

PA, it's pretty clear that Apple Maps are useless even for the Apple users. CarPlay even uses Google Maps for their default navigation. Why you even have an article for this app.

3. lyndon420

Posts: 6722; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

I'm curious if apple will get satellite imagery from somewhere to compliment their mapping efforts.

8. dreyp82

Posts: 4; Member since: Aug 14, 2019

They already do.

4. apple-rulz

Posts: 2011; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Google Maps is the default navigation for Apple Car Play? I have Apple Car Play in my car, and haven’t noticed that. Can you please provide a link verifying?

7. dreyp82

Posts: 4; Member since: Aug 14, 2019

This is INCORRECT. You are misinformed.

2. scarface21173

Posts: 657; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

Does anyone use this app now, Google maps is the only place to go.

9. dreyp82

Posts: 4; Member since: Aug 14, 2019

Sure, if you don't care about your privacy.

5. cheetah2k

Posts: 2213; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

New Apple Maps, yet still not as good as Google..... LOL Keep trying Apple..

10. dreyp82

Posts: 4; Member since: Aug 14, 2019

Depends on where you live and who you ask.

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