Apple often adds new features to its built-in apps with every iOS update, and iOS 14 is no exception. Many apps have important new features, including Apple Maps, that give you directions, EV routes, guides, and more.
This guide highlights all of the new features Apple added to the Maps app in the iOS and iPadOS 14 updates.
Maps in “iOS 14” offers cyclists directions for the first time and thus corresponds to Google Maps. The bicycle instructions take cycle paths, bike paths and bike-friendly roads into account so that you get where you need to go.
You can preview the height of your route to know how difficult it will be and to see how much traffic is on the roads. There are ways to avoid steep climbs or stairs that you would have to carry your bike on.
The bike instructions are extended in watchOS 7 to the Apple Watch. Maps offers voice guidance and instructions that make it easy to navigate at a glance.
Bike routes are limited to a handful of cities, including New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Beijing, and Shanghai.
Routes with EV stops
If you have an electric vehicle that is compatible with iPhone, Maps will automatically add charging stops along your route when you plan a trip.
The EV route option also takes the loading time into account when creating an estimated arrival time. The Maps app can track current charge and type of charge to provide customized routes for electric vehicle owners.
To be able to use this function, an electric vehicle must be synchronized with the “iPhone”. This option is not available without an electric vehicle, so it will not work if, for example, you are planning a trip with a friend who uses an electric vehicle.
Routes with EV stops currently work with BMW and Ford vehicles.
Apple added “Collections” to iOS 13, a feature that allows you to create lists of places that you can visit either for yourself or for friends and family. In “iOS 14”, “Collections” was renamed to “Guides”.
You can still create your own guides on a device with iOS / iPadOS 14 (or macOS Big Sur). Apple now also offers a curated selection of guides created by trusted brands.
The guides give recommendations for the best places in a city and suggestions for restaurants, shopping and exploring. Guides can be saved on maps and updated automatically as new locations are added.
Apple’s partners for guides include Lonely Planet, the Washington Post, AllTrails, The Infatuation, and more.
Redesign the extension
Apple has started rolling out an updated map design with more detailed elements for streets, buildings, parks, beaches, marinas, forests, etc. last year. In “iOS 14”, these updated map designs are extended to new locations.
The updated maps were launched in the U.S. in 2019 and are now being rolled out to Canada, Ireland and the UK.
If you have speed cameras and red light cameras on your route, Apple will now notify you as you approach them. There is also an option to see where cameras are on the map.
If you are in an urban area where GPS is not working well and Maps is not quite registering you in the right place, you can use the new location refinement feature to get a highly accurate location measurement and better orientation.
When refining the location, you will be asked to scan nearby buildings with your “iPhone” to narrow your position. Use the “Look around” function added in “iOS 13”.
Because Look Around is used, location refinement is limited to cities including San Francisco, New York, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Oahu, Las Vegas, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC. The location adjustment performed using the location refine function is done on the device.
Some large cities like Paris and London use congestion zones to reduce traffic in areas where traffic can be bad. Maps in “iOS 14” show the toll charges for congestion zones and offer options for forwarding if desired.
There are also cities that have license plates to restrict access to certain high traffic streets, and Apple Maps now supports license plate information so you can determine whether you can use a street on a particular day.