The new Apple Maps app, which Apple launched over the past year, will be rolled out to the UK and Ireland starting today, according to Apple.
Apple’s updated Maps app offers faster, more accurate navigation, as well as richer and more detailed views of streets, buildings, parks, airports, shopping malls, and more to provide a better navigation experience than ever before. In Apple’s article on the availability of the new cards in the UK and Ireland, Apple’s Service Vice President Eddy Cue said Apple was “excited” to expand the new experience.
“Apple Maps is the best way to explore and navigate the world – while protecting your privacy. We’re excited to make the new map available to our users in the UK and Ireland,” said Eddy Cue , Apple’s senior vice president of Internet software and services. “We created the map from the ground up, with better navigation, more detailed information, more specific location information, and incredible features like looking around, bike directions and curated guides from trusted resources. We thought about how maps can help users find the places, that they love and get to where they are going even faster and easier. “
With the updated Maps app, Apple launches Look Around in the UK and Ireland, so users in those countries can see a street view of the area, similar to Google Street View mode. Apple first introduced Look Around in iOS 13 in a limited number of areas, but has since expanded its availability. Look Around in the UK and Ireland is launching in London, Edinburgh and Dublin. Other areas will follow in the future.
Guides, an iOS 14 feature, provides a curated list of places to visit within a city, using resources created by Time Out Group, Lonely Planet, and The Evening Standard. Users in the UK in London also have access to bike directions and routes with EV stops.
Apple has been testing the new cards in the UK and Ireland since August, after the rollout in the US was completed in January.