Millions of users depend on Apple Maps to find their way every day, and the company has steadily been improving its service. It has now rolled out detailed maps in cities in Canada.
Apple released an update to its map offering in the recent iOS 15, enabling three-dimensional city views. This update improves the driving experience while also offering transit direction and an augmented reality experience for trekking users.
The company has now announced the availability of the new city view feature in three Canadian cities, including Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver. Previously, Apple had brought Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, San Diego, San Francisco, Washington DC, and London in the UK online.
The new 3-D city view significantly improved the appearance of cities on Apple Maps. Apart from 3-D models of major landmarks, drivers also enjoy better driving directions as they can see more details about which road lanes to use.
With the update, Apple Maps will notify you when to disembark on public transit. You can also pin your favorite transit lines to quickly and easily get to your preferred routes. Apple Maps will now offer step-by-step directions in augmented reality if you are walking.
Apple has also added cycling directions in Montreal.
“We’re excited for Apple Maps users to explore the beauty and culture of Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver in an incredibly detailed new way,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Services. “Built with privacy at its core, this update is the continuation of our commitment to building the best, most accurate map of the world — with a beautifully designed experience and attention to detail that only Apple can deliver.”
You can find other features now available in Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver in the excerpts from Apple’s press release below:
“Maps now features even more road details to help drivers navigate through cities more easily and safely. Turn lanes, medians, bus and taxi lanes, and crosswalks are clearly displayed for navigating busy intersections. When approaching overlapping complex interchanges, Maps shows a road-level view, making it easier to see upcoming traffic conditions or the best lane for an approaching exit. These new navigation features join route planning, which provides the estimated time of arrival for future departures based on expected traffic, as well as lane guidance, speed limits, and natural language guidance available through CarPlay.”
“Maps offers improvements for public transit riders with an updated transit map. Nearby stations are prominently displayed at the top of the screen, and users can pin their favourite lines in Maps so the best route is just one tap away. Once a transit route is selected, Maps will automatically notify the user when it is time to disembark as they approach their final destination, and riders can even keep track on Apple Watch. These updates build on transit features already available in Maps, including real-time transit, which provides detailed transit schedules, live departure times, arrival times, the current location of a bus or train en route, and system connections to help plan a journey. Maps also includes important real-time information like outages.”
“Maps makes it easy to discover the many things to see and do in cities around the world through curated Guides created by a selection of trusted resources. In iOS 15, users can tap the Explore Guides button in Maps to access over two thousand expertly curated guides that include recommendations from respected Canadian brands such as Toronto Life and Narcity, to global brands like Lonely Planet. Curated Guides can be saved, and they are automatically updated when new places are added, so users always have the latest recommendations. Users can even create their own personal Guides of favourite places to share with friends and family.”