Yesterday we saw the deployment of public transport directions for Apple Maps in several cities in Spain, France and Germany. This is a significant addition to the Apple app, as it marks the launch of the new version of Apple Maps in Europe. With this new version, the mapping app of the Bitten Apple is considerably improved.
Years of Data Collection for Apple Maps
Apple Maps saw the light with iOS 6 almost eight years ago. After a complicated debut where the company was heavily criticized, Apple started to improve the service with acquisitions and internal work. In June 2018, Eddy Cue gave an interview to TechCrunch reporting on the company’s efforts:
From the beginning, Apple’s maps were based on data collected by TomTom and OpenStreetMap , among other providers. As we know, the result was not as expected. As indicated in the publication, Apple intended to create its own maps from scratch even before launching it in 2012.
The new design of Apple Maps arrived with iOS 12. In the following months, the company began collecting and integrating the new data into Maps
In early 2014, Apple saw what it wanted to do in the future and what it had then and made a decision. With the way things were being done and where they wanted to take them, they decided to get down to business with their own version. That’s how the already known Apple Maps 2.0 was born.
Apple Maps 2.0: much more than just improved data
The features that mark this new version of Maps are several. Among them we find:
- More detail in the terrain, with green areas, trees and sports fields.
- Better road networks, with more information for the pedestrian.
- Buildings with more exact sizes and shapes.
- Improved location search, with more relevant results
- Privacy protected as always.
- New “Look Around” function to see the areas where we move.
This show is the one that has caused the most surprise among the audience. In addition to collecting the information with its own vehicles, Apple has taken the opportunity to create a kind of Google Street View of its own . A browser at street level that shows us the surroundings in detail. And it does so in a tremendously fluid way. Here’s a comparison:
In addition to improving the reliability of its data, the company has been able to improve in other aspects such as interaction with content . Certainly, Apple has made a strong commitment to this version of Maps. In the USA, the scan of the entire country was completed at the end of 2019. Now, the company has set to work to face Europe, although we do not know what will be the order of deployment.
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The newly added public transport signs might give us a clue. France, Germany and Spain seem to have received these new data. Therefore, it is possible that we will see our country in the first European wave of Apple Maps 2.0.