A few 12 months in the past, Apple introduced an enormous change to Apple Maps. It wasn’t about new options within the Maps app (although there are new options coming in iOS 13), however quite an entire overhaul of the basic map knowledge. Buildings, rivers, roads, vegetation; it’s all vastly extra detailed and correct within the new maps.
Apple started rolling out the brand new mapping knowledge to Northern California simply after its announcement, with a promise to proceed rolling out new maps to the remainder of the U.S. “over the subsequent 12 months.” Southern California and Hawaii adopted in late 2018, then components of the southwest in April 2019.
Now the brand new maps are rolling out to Texas, Louisiana, and Southern Mississippi. In case you stay in these areas, you need to discover new the brand new maps straight away—you don’t must obtain a brand new iOS replace.
Up to date 08/13/19: In accordance with MacRumors, the brand new maps at the moment are rolling out to a number of areas within the northeastern U.S., together with Maine, New York, Washington D.C., and Pennsylvania.
Because the introduction of Apple Maps in iOS 6, the corporate has relied on knowledge supplied by a number of outdoor sources that it then mixed into one unified map. This helped Apple get its mapping mission off the bottom rapidly, however has usually resulted in less-than-stellar element and made it tough to rapidly make corrections. Apple’s new maps depend on knowledge that Apple has full possession and management over. It’s vastly extra detailed and correct, and Apple can rapidly make changes to repair errors and hold the map present.