The sixth beta of iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 that released for testing yesterday brings a new feature that permits users to rate their places and upload photos of their favorite points of interest.
Apple continues to expand availability of its Street View-like Look Around feature on Apple Maps. According to Ata Distance, street-level photography is now available to Apple Maps users in several cities in Japan, like Tokyo, Nagoya, Kyoto and Osaka. Moreover, many locations in the country now show richer terrain data Apple's been rolling out in the past two years.
Apple has expanded availability of the Look Around, Nearby and public transit directions features on its mapping service, with updates now live in a bunch of new markets.
Residents of Hong Kong can now use Apple Maps to get transit directions via the built-in Maps app on their iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac and Apple Watch.
Apple is apparently working on much deeper integration of relevant Apple Store information for its Apple Maps services in the upcoming iOS 14 update.
Apple Maps now offers transit directions in major cities across France, Spain, Germany and possibly a few other European countries.
Apple continues to expand enhanced Maps across the United States, with more detailed mapping data now live in West Virginia, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana and North Illinois.
Apple is gradually rebuilding its Maps service with first-party data — detailed mapping data is now being rolled out in the northeast United States after an enhanced Maps service launched last week across Texas, Louisiana and the southern half of Mississippi.
iOS 13 has brought detailed street view imagery to Apple Maps thanks to the company's LiDAR-outfitted vehicles that have been roaming the streets of major cities in the US and around the world for years now, dutifully capturing high resolution street-level imagery.
Apple Canada announced Monday that its specialized data-collection vehicles will be starting surveying the country beginning this summer.
Apple's been quietly rebuilding Maps in the past year or so with detailed terrain data in select US states and cities, including the most recent additions: Arizona, New Mexico and Nevada.
Apple's approach to privacy extends to the Maps service, which divides your route into scrambled sections on servers so that no one, not even Apple, knows your entire route.