Here are all the big changes to Apple Maps in 2017 and 2018

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in iPhone edited June 21
In a bid to beat Google, Apple is continually updating Apple Maps, bringing in new features and expanding coverage. Here's what the company's been adding over the last year, current through June 20, 2018.

Apple Maps on iPad Pro

June 20, 2018

Apple Maps in Buffalo


Buffalo joined other parts of New York state in transit support.

June 14, 2018

applemaps-albanytransit


Transit directions are now available in upstate New York, including areas like Albany.

June 6, 2018

Apple Maps MapKit JS


Developers can now embed Apple Maps within websites via the MapKit JS beta.

Apr. 2018

Apple Maps on iPhone X


Updates this month included statewide public transit for Arkansas, Ohio, Maryland, West Virginia, and Tennessee, as well as lane guidance in Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Poland, and the Czech Republic. New indoor airport maps covered Edinburgh (EDI), Sydney International (SYD), and Hamad International (DOH) in Doha, Qatar.

March 27, 2018

New transit data covered metropolitan areas in Missouri and Virginia.

March 21, 2018

Transit expanded again, this time to Albuquerque, N.M.

March 19, 2018

Transit support was activated across West Virginia.

March 14, 2018

Transit data was added for Orlando, Fla., and some portions of Arkansas.

March 12, 2018

Apple Maps bike-sharing


Locations for bike-sharing services were added for 175 cities in 36 countries, such as Barcelona, Montreal, and New York City.

Feb. 28, 2018

Lane guidance in Austria, South Africa, and Switzerland.

Feb. 27, 2018

Transit directions for urban areas in South Carolina

Feb. 12, 2018

Public transit directions were added for Tuscon, Ariz.

Jan. 29, 2018

The latest transit expansions: Milwaukee, Wis., and Omaha, Neb.

Dec. 13, 2017

Apple confirmed that 43 locations were offering indoor maps, among them 34 airports and several malls in cities like Boston, Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco.

Dec. 5, 2017

Transit directions became available in Tampa, Fla.

Nov. 30, 2017

Berlin's Tegel.
Berlin's Tegel.


New indoor airport maps included Berlin's Tegel and Schoenefeld, London's Heathrow and Gatwick, Amsterdam's Schiphol, and Geneva in Switzerland.

Oct. 30, 2017

Apple Maps Phoenix


Public transit directions were added for Phoenix, Ariz.

Oct. 18, 2017

Apple added indoor maps for several U.S. airports: O'Hare International and Midway International in Chicago, Miami International, Oakland International, Las Vegas's McCarran International, and Minneapolis-Saint Paul International.

Oct. 17, 2017

Transit was a go for Birmingham, Ala.

Oct. 16, 2017

Apple Maps Ireland


Ireland picked up transit support as well.

Oct. 12, 2017

Transit directions arrived in the country of Taiwan.

Aug. 7, 2017

Australian coverage improved with large sections of the states of Queensland and Western Australia.

July 10, 2017

The state of Nevada got expanded transit support, covering cities like Las Vegas and Reno.

June 27, 2017

Transit directions were turned on for Madrid, Spain.

May 22, 2017

Apple enhanced its transit data for the Netherlands with more details for stations and tracks, though not live train and bus data.

May 15, 2017

Transit options were expanded to Adelaide, Australia.

May 9, 2017

Transit directions came to the city-state of Singapore in preparation for the region's first Apple store.

Apr. 24, 2017

Paris picked up general public transit directions. Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, meanwhile, saw their first access to live traffic data.

Apr. 19, 2017

Apple began showing public bike rental stations in London, Paris, and New York, as well as EV charging stations in the U.K., the latter by way of data from Moovility.

Feb. 13, 2017

Apple Maps Detroit and Windsor


Transit was enabled for Detroit in the U.S. and its connected Canadian city, Windsor.

Feb. 6, 2017

Transit directions were added for New Orleans in time for Mardi Gras festivities.

Jan. 30, 2017

Apple added public transit directions in Houston, Tex. ahead of Super Bowl LI.
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  • Reply 1 of 40
    kkqd1337kkqd1337 Posts: 126member
    I don’t understand why Maps isn’t more significantly updated weekly through the App Store. 
    entropysalbegarc
  • Reply 2 of 40
    In a bid to beat Google
    Let's be honest, that will never happen in the Maps arena.
    tylersdadSuttaDostMplsPmuthuk_vanalingam
  • Reply 3 of 40
    boltsfan17boltsfan17 Posts: 1,899member
    kkqd1337 said:
    I don’t understand why Maps isn’t more significantly updated weekly through the App Store. 
    What kind of updates are you looking for? Things like new roads, public transit directions, POI's, etc don't require an app update. 
    netmagealbegarccornchipStrangeDayswatto_cobra
  • Reply 4 of 40
    kkqd1337kkqd1337 Posts: 126member
    kkqd1337 said:
    I don’t understand why Maps isn’t more significantly updated weekly through the App Store. 
    What kind of updates are you looking for? Things like new roads, public transit directions, POI's, etc don't require an app update. 
    The sort of stuff that makes Google Maps 100million times better than Apple Maps. 
  • Reply 5 of 40
    boltsfan17boltsfan17 Posts: 1,899member
    kkqd1337 said:
    kkqd1337 said:
    I don’t understand why Maps isn’t more significantly updated weekly through the App Store. 
    What kind of updates are you looking for? Things like new roads, public transit directions, POI's, etc don't require an app update. 
    The sort of stuff that makes Google Maps 100million times better than Apple Maps. 
    Which is? Majority of the Google Maps updates are bug fixes. 
    netmageStrangeDayswatto_cobra
  • Reply 6 of 40
    bloggerblogbloggerblog Posts: 1,747member
    Maps has gotten way better than it used to be. However, I still can't believe there's no bicycle option. Does it still kick you back on a car route if you cycle on a pedestrian route at over 10mph?

    That's so annoying!
    Eric_WVGGcornchip
  • Reply 7 of 40
    avon b7avon b7 Posts: 2,216member
    They have to try. That is clear, but Google is well out in front at the moment.

    I went to a funeral yesterday up on the mountain. Google gave me directions for public transport right down to the unique identifier of the bus stop and the minutes to wait for the next bus. Updated in real time to reflect delays caused by traffic.
    tylersdadcornchipmuthuk_vanalingam
  • Reply 8 of 40
    volcanvolcan Posts: 1,606member
    Should show speed limits like my car's built-in nav system. I'd also like my nav system to alert me if I'm exceeding the speed limit just like it has voice alerts about accidents ahead blocking lanes.
    cornchipwillcropointpatchythepirateplothwatto_cobra
  • Reply 9 of 40
    gregoriusmgregoriusm Posts: 358member
    volcan said:
    Should show speed limits like my car's built-in nav system. I'd also like my nav system to alert me if I'm exceeding the speed limit...”
    This. 
    plothwatto_cobra
  • Reply 10 of 40
    Eric_WVGGEric_WVGG Posts: 330member
    Nice to see all the Bike Share points, but we still can't get directions with bicycle as the mode of transit. Walking directions send users the wrong way down one-way streets, driving directions point bicyclists to freeways. 

    It's a pity; Google Maps has the data, but doesn't have first-class integration with Apple Watch + AirPods. Nothing’s quite perfect.
    techridercornchippatchythepiratewatto_cobra
  • Reply 11 of 40
    ParrParr Posts: 2unconfirmed, member
    I’d be happier if it just gave accurate directions. Here’s a two recent examples..
    • Telling me to take the freeway when it’s all torn up down to the gravel, while the State of Michigan is completely rebuilding it.
    • Directing me to get off the road to take a longer road, of equal quality and speed, to then redirect me back on the same road in less than 300 feet, when the road I was on was shorter, faster and of the same or better quality.

    And it would also be nice if it knew about the speed limits, and either gave me an option to have them displayed, or provided an over speed indicator or audible warning. With settings similar to the recently departed NAVIGON App.

    And the issues go on, but basic navigation guidance should always be its primary function.


    tylersdadgregoriusmpatchythepirate
  • Reply 12 of 40
    auxioauxio Posts: 1,847member
    simply258 said:
    In a bid to beat Google
    Let's be honest, that will never happen in the Maps arena.
    Fair enough.  When your entire business model is centered around collecting as much behavioural information as possible about people, there's a lot of incentive to make tracking guiding them better.
    netmagecornchipspinnydwatto_cobra
  • Reply 13 of 40
    bloggerblogbloggerblog Posts: 1,747member
    Parr said:
    I’d be happier if it just gave accurate directions. Here’s a two recent examples..
    • Telling me to take the freeway when it’s all torn up down to the gravel, while the State of Michigan is completely rebuilding it.
    • Directing me to get off the road to take a longer road, of equal quality and speed, to then redirect me back on the same road in less than 300 feet, when the road I was on was shorter, faster and of the same or better quality.

    And it would also be nice if it knew about the speed limits, and either gave me an option to have them displayed, or provided an over speed indicator or audible warning. With settings similar to the recently departed NAVIGON App.

    And the issues go on, but basic navigation guidance should always be its primary function.


    - The speed limit is mostly there now, while using CarPlay anyways. But it would be nice to show it even without turn-by-turn turned on.
    - Directing to a senseless route is annoying, but to be fair, Google Maps does it too. In Maryland on Rout 270, the GPS keeps asking you to take the next exit, then asks you to merge back on to the highway. It does that for like 8 or 10 exits, Apple Maps and Google Maps do it the same. I think it has to do with how the map layers were built/coded by the city.
    netmagewatto_cobra
  • Reply 14 of 40
    FolioFolio Posts: 263member
    Maps has gotten way better than it used to be. However, I still can't believe there's no bicycle option. Does it still kick you back on a car route if you cycle on a pedestrian route at over 10mph?

    That's so annoying!
    Do you mean real-time directions while biking? Is there a way to do that safely? It seems that could be pretty dangerous in a noisy busy city environment. Most cyclers are local and know their area. But as for planning bike trips in new areas, I hope AppleMaps makes it a priority to put down dedicated bike paths, and designated lanes. Seems they could enlist local bike groups for enthusiastic help.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 15 of 40
    Google Maps let developers download sections of the map data, including building polygons and terrain, for use in their location based games. What's Apple got in that regard?
    gutengelmuthuk_vanalingam
  • Reply 16 of 40
    macxpressmacxpress Posts: 4,364member
    simply258 said:
    In a bid to beat Google
    Let's be honest, that will never happen in the Maps arena.
    What exactly makes Google Maps so special these days? 
    spinnydwatto_cobra
  • Reply 17 of 40
    macxpressmacxpress Posts: 4,364member

    Parr said:
    I’d be happier if it just gave accurate directions. Here’s a two recent examples..
    • Telling me to take the freeway when it’s all torn up down to the gravel, while the State of Michigan is completely rebuilding it.
    • Directing me to get off the road to take a longer road, of equal quality and speed, to then redirect me back on the same road in less than 300 feet, when the road I was on was shorter, faster and of the same or better quality.

    And it would also be nice if it knew about the speed limits, and either gave me an option to have them displayed, or provided an over speed indicator or audible warning. With settings similar to the recently departed NAVIGON App.

    And the issues go on, but basic navigation guidance should always be its primary function.


    It really all depends on where you live. I experience quite the opposite. 
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 18 of 40
    linkmanlinkman Posts: 783member
    Apple needs concentrate on the basics of navigation and fix the major problems before adding little stuff like indoor airport directions. I've had too many times where driving with Siri barking totally wrong info at me is worse than almost aimlessly driving around hoping I'll find my destination. I took a horrifically confusing circle around the south side of San Antonio -- get on I-10, get off and do a U followed by getting back on I-10 followed by an immediate offramp then another U then it tells me again to get off and do a third U -- all while I was at least 3 miles from my destination. That wasn't the only troublesome incident. More than once I've searched AM for a local establishment (that's been there for decades) only to get results for a place named the same that's over 1000 miles away -- and Google maps showed the closer one.
    techriderspinnydcommand_f
  • Reply 19 of 40
    FolioFolio Posts: 263member
    Grateful for airport mapping. AppleMaps made it a cinch for me to walk 10 minutes from LAX American arrivals terminal to Southwest terminal recently. 
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 20 of 40
    bloggerblogbloggerblog Posts: 1,747member
    Folio said:
    Maps has gotten way better than it used to be. However, I still can't believe there's no bicycle option. Does it still kick you back on a car route if you cycle on a pedestrian route at over 10mph?

    That's so annoying!
    Do you mean real-time directions while biking? Is there a way to do that safely? It seems that could be pretty dangerous in a noisy busy city environment. Most cyclers are local and know their area. But as for planning bike trips in new areas, I hope AppleMaps makes it a priority to put down dedicated bike paths, and designated lanes. Seems they could enlist local bike groups for enthusiastic help.
    In Virginia we have great bicycle trails that rarely merge with roads. The only way to ride those trails with Maps, is to select a walking path. But as soon as you exceed 10mph Maps will automatically switch your path to roads. That's why I am forced to use Google Maps.
    techridercornchip
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