I guess you haven’t noticed that Apple Maps are as great as Google Maps. It is a web mapping service developed by Apple Inc. Its operating systems are iOS 6, iPadOS13, watchOS and macOS. This map provides directions and estimated times of arrival for pedestrian, automobile and public transportation navigation.
On September 19, 2012, till date, Apple released its mapping service in iOS, watchOS, and mac. At first, it got a lot of criticism from users and newspapers for incorrect direction and other errors. Although further software development has addressed many of that criticism.
Apple Map Features
Apple map also has some features and they include;
- Flyovers and 3D maps
- Indoor airport and shopping mall map
- Traffic information
- Look Around
- Apple Map Connects
Flyovers and 3D maps
The flyover enables you to see certain locations; mainly big cities and landmarks can be seen from a birds-eye perspective. This feature also enables you to see three-dimensional models of structures in the map view. The models can also be seen when using turn-by-turn navigation.
Flyovers are available at the following locations: Adelaide, Canberra, Gold Coast, New Castle, Sydney, Graz, Linz, Grand Bahama, Bruges, Ghent, Mechelen, Calgary, Toronto, Surrey, Montreal, Prague, Helsinki, Amiens, Angers, Annecy, Michel, Saint-Tropez, Nantes, Nice, Omaha Beach, Paris, Vatican City, Basel, Monaco, Porto, Taichung, Duban, Cape Town, Atlanta, Wichita, Portland, Detroit, Salem, Oklahoma City, Green Bay, Takoma, and many others
This feature shows icons of different categories like”food” and “transportation” in the search menu. After you must have clicked on each icon, the nearby points of interest in that category will show with their names, distances, and reviews on Yelp. Also, pins appear on the location of these places on the map. Nearby can also activate turn-by-turn navigation. As of September 16, 2015, when iOS 9 was launched, the function was only available in China and the United States. But was expanded to include Australia, Canada, Germany, and France ending October 2015. Also in 2016, Nearby was added to Australia, Denmark, Finland, Japan, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.
Transit shows the public transport networks on the map in a number of cities and their surroundings. This mapping service also includes public transit schedules. And it shows the location of the entries and exits of the subway and train stations. The feature is available in the following locations; Austalia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Monaco, Newzealand, Norway, Philippines, Singapore, Spain, Taiwan, Sweden, United Kingdom, United States, and others.
Indoor airport and shopping mall map
This feature was introduced by iOS 11. Locations with indoor airport and shopping mall map include;
Location of the indoor airport:
Brisbane, Sydney, Salzburg, Halifax, Toronto Pearson, Edmonton, Victoria, Beijing Capital, Chengdu, Chongqing, Kunming, Shenzhen, Hong Kong, Prague, Helsinki, Lyon, Nice, Berlin Tegel, Frankfurt, Athens, Amsterdam, Doha, Philippines, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, and others
Location of shopping malls:
Brookvale, Burwood, Carindale, Chermside, Liverpool, Sydney, Winnipeg, China, Hong Kong, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Paris, Singapore, Barcelona, Solna, London, and others.
It shows real-time traffic information on the map. Live traffic information is available in the following locations:
Andorra, Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Italy, Kenya, Latvia, Malaysia, Mexico, Newzealand, Nigeria, Oman, Poland, Portuguese, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Sweden, Taiwan, Turkey, United Kingdom, Uruguay, USA, Vatican City, Vietnam, and others.
This feature enables the user to view 360-degree street-level imagery, with smooth transitions as the scene is navigated.
Apple map connect allows small business owners to claim their business listing and edit business information like opening hours and locations.