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Apple Maps Revamp Rolls Out Widely in Western and Midwestern United States

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In June 2018, Apple announced that its Maps app would be rebuilt "from the ground up" with more accurate details like grass and trees, pools, parking lots, exact building shapes, sports areas like baseball diamonds and basketball courts, and pedestrian pathways that are commonly walked but previously unmapped.

Apple Maps with revamped data in Western and Midwestern U.S. via Justin O'Beirne

The revamped Apple Maps experience first rolled out to Northern California during iOS 12 beta testing last year and has since extended to Southern California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, parts of the Gulf Coast, and several Northeast states such as New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts.

The expansion continued this week, as Apple has finished its rollout of the improved maps in parts of the West and Midwest regions of the United States. This includes Colorado, Utah, Nevada, Wyoming, Idaho, Oregon, Montana, Washington, West Virginia, Ohio, Michigan, and parts of Illinois and Indiana.

Justin O'Beirne has fantastic coverage of the Apple Maps revamp, noting that the improved maps now cover 27 states fully and another six states partially. In June, Apple said the improved maps would cover the entire United States by the end of 2019, followed by additional countries in 2020.

As usual, some users will see the revamped maps in their region sooner than others, so we wait until the rollout has extended more widely to report the news. If you do not see the improved data yet, give it some time.

(Thanks to Matt, Frank, Noah, Alan, and all others who tipped us!)

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TurboDrooler

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I've seen the Apple Maps camera cars in the Toronto area several times earlier this year. I'm hoping that the expansion outside the US will happen earlier in 2020 rather than later.
 
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now i see it

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Like the early (and current) days of Siri, a lot of people have given up on Apple Maps and by habit will never use it again. I keep both the Apple Maps & Google Maps apps side by side in my Navigation folder and I never ever click on Apple Maps to find anything. I guess having such a bad experience with it so many times in the past has left an indelible impression and I avoid it now by instinct.
Maybe it's a lot better now, but I'll never use it. I just can't bring myself to tapping it's icon. Too many bad memories.
 
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Just sayin...

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As of yesterday, Apple Maps is still giving me incorrect directions where both Waze and Google Maps are correct. There is a freeway intersection near my house where Apple Maps insists that I need to head west one exit, make a u-turn at the next offramp, and THEN go east. Both Google Maps and Waze have me just take the eastbound freeway entrance. I’ve reported this issue over a dozen times...and it is a medium traffic (not rural, not 2 huge freeways intersecting) intersection. This simple problem does not inspire faith that their product will function properly in areas I do not know...
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Vanilla35

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Like the early (and current) days of Siri, a lot of people have given up on Apple Maps and by habit will never use it again. I keep both the Apple Maps & Google Maps apps side by side in my Navigation folder and I never ever click on Apple Maps to find anything. I guess having such a bad experience with it so many times in the past has left an indelible impression and I avoid it now by instinct.
Maybe it's a lot better now, but I'll never use it. I just can't bring myself to tapping it's icon. Too many bad memories.

Yeah apple maps is like a bad ex girlfriend to me.
 
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rldunn

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When I'm sitting at home or in my office, I love the extra detail on Maps. However, today when I was using the more detailed version while driving, I wasn't convinced the extra detail was better.

I use Apple Maps every day for my commute, and there's one spot on the highway that is nearly always backed up. I'll often get off and take surface streets to get around this, but need to know at what point to get back on. With the map zoomed out a little, I could see all this new detail, but what I couldn't easily see was the next exit 4 miles ahead - the road was swallowed up by details for everything else, so was impossible to see whether the backup was resolved before or after this exit.
 

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gsmornot

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I am a regular Apple Maps user so it will be interesting to see how this changes my view. I have been using Waze more lately since it has info that I like to know on the longer drives but I don't like it as much.
 
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bbednarz

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Does this just make directions and such more accurate or is this the new "street view" thing they had shown off before?
 
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jayhawk2112

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Does this just make directions and such more accurate or is this the new "street view" thing they had shown off before?

Think this is just supposed to be more accuracy and more landmarks, etc. and is supposed to be nationwide by the end of 2019. That cool street view thing is only in a very few places like San Francisco with no immediate plans to go nationwide (I think)
 
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TokyoPhil

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As a professional driver spending 50+ hours/week on the road, I loved Apple Maps and I always had it open. I particularly loved the haptics on my Apple Watch indicating R or L turns. one things I need to be lured back: Reintegration into Lyft Driver compatibility.

I'd also love Ability to report street closure and get immediate re-route like Waze, along with the rest of its user-reporting features
 
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Harshan

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I use Apple Maps on CarPlay all the time. My only gripe, and it is a big gripe, is that Apple should either implement or delete the "avoid toll roads" feature. When I go north, it always routes me over a very short distance between two adjacent exits on a toll road. If I deliberately disobey it, it finds me a route without tolls that takes the same length of time.
 
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TheSkywalker77

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Florida will be absolutely last I believe. They are already so far behind in Florida with missing intersections, exit ramps etc.
Especially in Orlando, there's endless construction to a major highway here. That's probably one of the reasons it's so far behind.
 
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awer25

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Like the early (and current) days of Siri, a lot of people have given up on Apple Maps and by habit will never use it again. I keep both the Apple Maps & Google Maps apps side by side in my Navigation folder and I never ever click on Apple Maps to find anything. I guess having such a bad experience with it so many times in the past has left an indelible impression and I avoid it now by instinct.
Maybe it's a lot better now, but I'll never use it. I just can't bring myself to tapping it's icon. Too many bad memories.
I felt the same until getting CarPlay, which is much more featureful with Apple Maps. It's made me start using it again and for a while I was double-checking their routing against Google Maps, but nowadays it's pretty good and the routing was essentially the same. It's worth another shot if you use an Apple Watch, CarPlay, or anything else that connects to Apple Maps. If it's just the standalone app on your device that you're using, I'd probably still use Google Maps just out of the same old fear you mentioned.
 
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