Apple completed its rollout of its all new Apple Maps experience in the United States not too long ago. And now it’s widely available in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland.
In a press release sent out today, Apple has confirmed that the new Apple Maps experience within the UK and Republic of Ireland is rolling out beginning today. With this update, Apple Maps will enhance the user experience in just about every way. That includes new pedestrian data, the Look Around feature, better road coverage, and much more.
Apple Maps is the best way to explore and navigate the world — all while protecting your privacy — and we’re excited to bring the new map to our users in the UK and Ireland,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “We have rebuilt the map from the ground up, with better navigation, richer detail, more accurate information for places, and incredible features like Look Around, cycling directions, and curated Guides from trusted resources. We’ve reimagined how Maps can help users find the places they love and get to where they’re going even faster and easier.
The all-new Apple Maps experience includes a lot of small updates, but also the more noticeable ones right at the surface. The aforementioned greater details in areas, as well as the Look Around view will let folks explore areas and see them with stunning on-the-ground imagery right from their mobile device. With Look Around, folks in any part of the world can explore areas like Edinburgh, Dublin, and London, for instance.
With Apple Maps Guides, you can look through curated lists of must-see locations in a particular area. These guides are put together from resources like The Evening Standard, Lonely Planet, and others. So if you want to discover a restaurant, see a great sight, or more, these guides can help out.
The all-new Apple Maps experience will show you how busy a particular street is before you start your travels with cycling directions. And if you have an electric vehicle, Apple Maps can now show you charging spots along your route.
And, as a refresher, here are the additional features you can find in Maps now, too:
- Real-time transit information gives 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. Real-time transit is available in many cities across the world.
- Speed cameras will let users know when approaching speed and red light cameras along a route, with the added ability to see where they are located on the map.5
- Share ETA sends an estimated time of arrival to family, friends, or coworkers with a simple tap. The receiver can follow along on the journey, and Maps will even update them with a revised estimate for when the traveler is arriving if a significant delay occurs.
- Favourites provides one-tap navigation to frequent places. Whether it’s home, work, the gym, or school, users can simply tap and go once it’s in Favourites on the launch screen.
- Siri Natural Language Guidance provides more natural-sounding directions that are even easier to follow, such as “At the next traffic light, turn left.”
- Flyover offers a way to see select major metro areas with photo-realistic, immersive 3D views. Users can move their device through space to experience a city from above, or explore in high resolution as they zoom, pan, tilt, and rotate around the city and its landmarks.
- Flight status uses on-device Siri intelligence to scan for information stored in Mail, Calendar, or Wallet, and proactively serves flight information for terminals, gate locations, and departure times, as well as flight changes or cancellations for upcoming travel.
- Indoor Maps for airports and malls makes it possible for users to simply open the Maps app and see what level they’re on, restroom locations, and even which stores and restaurants are open.
The all-new Apple Maps experience is rolling out now in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland.