Mysterious Google Maps Update Now Available on iPhone and CarPlay

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Google has released a new version of Google Maps for Apple users, and as it typically happens with updates aimed at iOS, no changelog has been provided.
So at first glance, Google Maps version 5.78 is as mysterious as it gets, though there’s a chance the update includes something big for users with up-to-date iPhones.

The new Google Maps build went live for the first users on September 20, which is exactly the day when Apple kicked off the rollout of iOS 15. This is the new version of the iPhone operating system, and of course, it comes with massive improvements, including for CarPlay users relying on Apple Maps for navigation.

Apple Maps is getting 3D navigation support, though this feature is currently available on iPhone exclusively, with CarPlay users to get it later this year.

Going back to Google Maps, we expect version 5.78 to add full support for the new iOS version, especially as Google has already released updates for several other apps to make sure they all work correctly on the latest operating system available for iPhones.

So at the end of the day, if your iPhone is already running iOS 15, you should install this Google Maps version as soon as possible, as there’s a chance everything runs a little bit smoother, and the likelihood of compatibility problems is much lower.

In the meantime, Google is also working on several big Google Maps updates for Android Auto users.

The company has recently confirmed that its navigation app is getting a dedicated right-hand-drive mode with additional interface optimizations. Google Maps will automatically determine how it needs to align its layout depending on the information collected from the head unit.

In the future, Google says, the navigation app will also come with a dedicated switch to let users control what mode they want, though right now, no ETA for this update has been provided.
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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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