One of our Canadian readers said the new Apple Maps experience was enabled on his device only to go dark shortly after that, so most likely, Apple was still experimenting with the rollout to make sure everything is working correctly when the final go-ahead is given.
And this is what’s happening this week, with Apple confirming Canadian users can finally use the new Apple Maps and all the improvements it brings, including better road coverage and pedestrian information, refreshed land cover, Look Around updates, and new CarPlay capabilities.
Look Around is one particular feature that deserves to be highlighted, as Apple has put a lot of effort into expanding it to more regions across the world. Essentially an alternative to Google Maps Street View, Look Around offers super-high-resolution street-level imagery, and pretty much anyone with an Apple device can see it once it goes live.
“Maps offers interactive street-level imagery with high-resolution 3D photography and smooth and seamless transitions through major cities with Look Around. Customers from anywhere in the world can navigate through locations across Canada, including cities like Calgary, Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver, as well as parts of Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, and many more,” Apple explains.
For CarPlay users, the new Apple Maps comes with traffic light and stop sign information, with the data now displayed on the map along your configured route. Similar updates have also been included in Google Maps earlier this year, so the competition in this side of the market is getting fiercer.
Last but not least, the new Maps includes electric vehicle routing, which is supposed to allow drivers to plan a route, also including charging stops based on the car model and supported chargers.