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New Google Maps Update for iPhone Could Be Good News for CarPlay Users

Google rarely provides a changelog for Google Maps updates on Android and iOS, but the most recent version aimed at Apple devices might be good news for users.
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First and foremost, let’s see the essential information. The latest Google Maps build on iOS is 5.72 and is currently available through the App Store – the rollout is under way, so if you haven’t received the update already, just check for new versions manually.

The official changelog includes just generic details, with Google claiming that Google Maps now comes with “bug fixes to improve the product.

But as I said earlier, there’s a good chance this Google Maps update corrects not one but two major annoyances reported by users in the previous builds, or at least, it includes additional refinements in this regard to improve the performance in certain scenarios.

First and foremost, it’s the route indicator problem that I told you about earlier this month. Google Maps sometimes forgets to show the route you’re following on the map, therefore making it harder to figure out which way you need to go. This glitch first showed up on Android Auto, but Google has already addressed it on its own platform.

A Google Maps update for iOS released in mid-June also introduced additional improvements for this problem, and now after installing this update, the whole thing appears to be gone for everybody. Of course, no confirmation for this bug fix exists just yet.

And then, Google Maps appears to include additional GPS tracking improvements, as the app no longer loses tracking for some users. This happened mostly sporadically on iPhones out there, but some of the users who previously struggled with Google Maps because it could no longer follow them on the map claim the whole thing is gone and everything is running correctly now.

To determine the version of Google Maps you’re running on your iPhone, launch the app, tap the profile icon in the top right corner, go to Settings, and expand the About, terms and privacy section.

 
 
 
 
 

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