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Apple is expanding the redesigned and rebuilt Apple Maps experience to new users across Europe. The new Apple Maps design is being tested in six new Central European countries, including Austria, Croatia, Czechia, Hungary, Poland, and Slovenia. The expansion was first spotted by Justin O’Beirne, a cartographer and Apple Maps expert.
This marks the eighteenth time that Apple has expanded the availability of its new Apple Maps data since it first launched with iOS 12 in 2018. According to O’Beirne, the new map will cover 21.6% of Earth’s land area and 11.7% of the global population, which equates to 927 million people worldwide across thirty-two countries.
The redesigned and rebuilt Apple Maps experience launched in select parts of the United States in 2018 alongside the release of iOS 12. Apple completed the US rollout in June 2020, and an expansion to Europe started soon after that.
Apple touts that the new Apple Maps design provides users with faster and more accurate navigation, improved detail, better road coverage, and more. Based on previous release timelines, O’Beirne expects the redesigned and rebuilt Apple Maps experience to officially launch in these six Central European countries sometime next month.
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The redesigned Apple Maps has been well-received by users in the United States, with many praising its accuracy and improved detail. The expansion to Europe will likely bring these benefits to even more users, as well as introduce new features specific to the region.