Apple Maps has undergone a significant transformation since the release of iOS 15 in 2021. With its latest update, Apple has been gradually rolling out a highly detailed map featuring custom-designed 3D landmarks in major cities worldwide. This week, the City of Light, Paris, joined the list of cities benefitting from this immersive mapping experience.
According to Apple, the updated Apple Maps boasts a host of new features that provide users with a richer and more informative navigation experience. The enhancements include intricate details such as road markings, buildings, commercial districts, land cover, trees, elevation, and even public transit routes. Apple has also made significant strides in turn-by-turn navigation by introducing augmented reality walking directions in Paris, enhancing the overall pedestrian experience. Furthermore, cycling enthusiasts will be pleased to learn that Apple Maps now offers cycling directions, complete with a bike lane and bike-friendly road information.
Perhaps the most exciting aspect of this update is the inclusion of iconic landmarks in stunning 3D visuals. For instance, users can now marvel at the world-renowned Eiffel Tower and other prominent landmarks like the Louvre Museum in breathtaking 3D. These realistic representations elevate the mapping experience to new heights and make navigation an immersive journey.
While Paris is the latest city to receive this update, Apple has also expanded the more detailed mapping to other key locations across the globe. Cities like Atlanta, Berlin, Boston, Chicago, Las Vegas, London, Los Angeles, Melbourne, Miami, Montréal, New York, Philadelphia, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Sydney, Toronto, Washington D.C., and several others have also benefited from the enhanced Apple Maps experience.
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Earlier this year, Apple released an impressive iPhone app called Landmarks, which allows users to explore hundreds of 3D models derived from Apple Maps. This app complements the enhanced Apple Maps experience and showcases the potential of 3D modeling technology. With Apple’s commitment to delivering detailed and visually captivating maps, users can expect even more immersive experiences in the future.