36 Facts About Apple Maps


Apple Maps is a web mapping service developed by Apple Inc The default map system of iOS, iPadOS, macOS, and watchOS, it provides directions and estimated times of arrival for driving, walking, cycling, and public transportation navigation.

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Google Apple Maps was the default mapping app in iOS from the first generation iPhone in 2007.

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In late 2009, tensions between Google and Apple started when the Android version of Google Maps featured turn-by-turn navigation, a feature which the iOS version lacked.

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Speculation around Apple Maps creating a mapping service of its own arose in 2009 after computer magazine Computerworld reported that Apple Maps had acquired Jaron Waldman's company Placebase, an online mapping service, in July of that year.

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In September 2012, when Apple Maps was released, a “source”connected to both Google and Apple Maps claimed to technology website TechCrunch that Apple was recruiting Google employees that worked on Google Maps.

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Also, Apple Maps results were shown in the search feature Spotlight in OS X Yosemite.

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Later in 2014, Apple news website 9to5Mac reported that in the previous months a number of Apple Maps employees, including a key employee, had left the company to work for Uber.

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In 2016, Apple Maps opened a new development center and it was updated for watchOS and iOS.

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Apple Maps was renewed in the new version of the operating system and received several new features, including "Nearby" which had previously been exclusive to iOS.

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In early 2018, Apple announced that Maps now included bike-sharing stations in more than 175 cities in 36 countries, including San Francisco, New York (Citi Bike), Montreal (BIXI), London (Santander), Paris (Velib' Metropole) and Brisbane (CityCycle).

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Apple Maps said it would deploy its mapping cars throughout the US and the UK to gather its own data and add details to the maps.

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On October 19, 2020, Apple began testing their new maps for Canada and rolled out the final version on December 10, 2020.

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Apple Maps released this new experience in seven cities in 2021, including Los Angeles and New York; more cities will follow in the future.

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Apple Maps published its new map data in Italy, San Marino, Vatican City and Andorra on September 10, 2021, while adding real-time transit for Rome, Milan, and Turin on the 26th.

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Apple Maps released its new map data for Australia on December 9, 2021.

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On March 4, 2022, Apple Maps began testing its new map data in Germany and Singapore, with the final version launching on April 21, 2022.

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On March 24, 2022, Apple Maps released its new detailed city experience for Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver.

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On May 29, 2022, Apple Maps began testing its new map data in France, Monaco, and New Zealand, with the final version launching on July 7, 2021.

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Apple Maps had introduced multi-stop routing, Pay in Transit, and Mapkit for better integration of products in apps for developers.

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Apple Maps published the new Detailed City Experience for Atlanta, Miami and Seattle.

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On September 12, 2022, Apple Maps published the new Detailed City Experience for Chicago and Las Vegas alongside the launch of iOS 16.

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Apple Maps started using vector graphics before competitor Google Maps, which allowed the application to use less data than Google Maps.

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In iOS 16, Apple added the ability to add Transit Cards to the Maps app, as well as see Transit Fares.

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Apple Maps introduced this function in iOS 7 and it is available in 75 countries as of June 2019.

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In October 2014, Apple introduced Apple Maps Connect, which allows small business owners to claim their business listing and edit business information, such as location and open hours.

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Apple Maps announced support at WWDC 2022 for Melbourne and Sydney by the end of the year.

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At WWDC 2020, Apple Maps announced that iOS 14 would bring "Guides"—packages of tourist information—for certain cities, many produced by third-party publications.

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Google Apple Maps had the second largest market share on British iPhones with over 1.

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Apple Maps received considerable criticism after its launch on September 19, 2012, due to wrong and inaccurate information about places and points of interests.

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Apple Maps was sometimes inadequate to find companies or other points of interest at all.

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Apple Maps said that Apple fell short and that the company was making every effort to improve the mapping service.

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In June 2016, Eddy Cue said in an interview with Fast Company that Apple Maps "had completely underestimated the product, the complexity of it.

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ZDNet said "[Apple Maps] had its share of problems, but Apple Maps is back with a vengeance.

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Apple Maps has received criticism regarding its map concerning the greater China region.

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Since the Russian annexation of Crimea in 2014, Apple Maps has had to deal with how to label the region, generating outrage from both countries.

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In 2019, Apple Maps received criticism for labeling Crimea as part of Russia rather than Ukraine.

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