Major Apple Maps Update Suddenly Shows Up in New Regions

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We’ve known for a while that Apple’s long-term plan for Apple Maps is to make the service a more solid alternative to Google Maps, but on the other hand, the company clearly hasn’t been in a rush when it comes to rolling out major updates to users out there.
Announced a long time ago, the new Apple Maps experience that includes more detailed views of everything from roads and buildings to parks and airports is still available in a very limited number of countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Canada.

But this week, this big Apple Maps update, which also includes more accurate navigation and information like stop signs and traffic lights on both iPhones and CarPlay, showed up in Spain and Portugal, though for now, it seems to be available only for a limited number of users.

Most likely, the release is still in the testing stage, so there’s a chance the broad availability would be announced in the coming weeks.

In the meantime, there’s more big news planned for Apple Maps users in the United States.

The next iPhone operating system update, which is projected to go live as soon as the next week, will include new features for Apple Maps, as Apple is adding incident reporting similar to the one already available in Waze.

Once this feature goes live, users will be able to report hazards and speed cameras on the road, with other drivers to then receive alerts when approaching the location of the report. By embracing crowdsourcing, Apple gives Apple Maps a completely new purpose, boosting its navigation capabilities while also hoping that its userbase would help improve its accuracy.

At first, the new capabilities would only be available in the United States, so it remains to be seen how fast Apple manages to bring it elsewhere given the company’s painfully slow pace of rolling out new capabilities outside the United States.
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Bogdan keeps an eye on how technology is taking over the car world. His long-term goals are buying an 18-wheeler because he needs more space for his kid’s toys, and convincing Google and Apple that Android Auto and CarPlay deserve at least as much attention as their phones.
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