The new Apple Maps 3D views are now live for London, Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco, with additional markets gaining support for this feature in 2021 and in 2022.
- Apple Maps on iOS 15 brings 3D navigation and details in select cities
- Now live in a handful of markets ahead of wider expansion later in 2021
- In 2022, it’s coming to more cities, including Vancouver and Montreal
3D Apple Maps debut in London, LA, NYC and San Francisco
According to an announcement published on Apple Newsroom, new Maps features including 3D city maps, enhanced navigation, AR walking directions and more are now available in:
- Los Angeles
- New York City
- San Francisco
“Later this year,” says Apple, the redesigned Maps experience with 3D city maps will hit:
- San Diego
- Washington, DC
Apple says support for Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver and other cities will go live in 2022. The company has spent “years” building the new maps experience from the ground up.
What’s so great about Apple Maps on iOS 15?
The updated Maps app lets you explore the above cities in 3D, including roads, trees, buildings, neighborhoods, commercial districts, marinas and more. Attention to detail extends to popular landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge, which are now 3D objects as well.
Other custom-designed landmarks include Coit Tower in San Francisco, Dodger Stadium in LA, the Statue of Liberty in NYC and the Royal Albert Hall in London. The company has promised to bring additional 3D landmarks to Apple Maps at a later stage.
These enhancements are available to Maps users in both light and dark mode, with a gorgeous new nighttime mode with a moonlit glow activating automatically at dusk.
For further updates to the availability of 3D city maps, AR walking directions and other new features in Apple Maps on iOS 15 and iPadOS 14, visit the iOS Feature Availability webpage.
Enhanced navigation coming to CarPlay later this year
In rebuilding Maps, Apple has managed to introduce road details such as turn lanes, medians, bus and taxi lanes and crosswalks. 3D navigation lets you more easily navigate busy intersections and highways with overlapping complex interchanges. And route planning gets. you the estimated time of arrival for future departures based on expected traffic.
The new 3D navigation in Maps will be available through CarPlay later in 2021.