Apple Completes Rollout of Enhanced Maps in U.S.

By Paul Riegler on 28 December 2019
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Apple updated its Maps app with more detailed data for the remainder of the United States.

The makeover that includes more accurate details such as trees and grass, exact building shapes, parking lots, sports facilities, and parking lots, and now covers all 50 U.S. states.

The move to an improved Maps experience comes as Apple replaces third-party map data with its own data that it collects from its fleet of Apple Maps vehicles as well as the use of high-resolution satellite imagery and anonymized segments of navigation sessions from iPhone users.

The upgrade started with Northern California during iOS 12 beta testing and was later extended to Southern California, Arizona, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Pennsylvania, and Texas.  The revamped maps now cover much of the West and Midwest of the country including Colorado, Idaho, Ohio, Oregon, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, Utah, and Wyoming, as well as parts of Illinois and Indiana. The latest release adds the Central and Southeastern parts of the United States and the state of Alaska.

Apple plans to add enhanced data for additional countries in 2020.

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