Apple Maps got a server-side update today for users in the United States, promising improvements with Apple’s pre-existing Maps client apps.
- better maps and navigation
- Favorites, Collections and sharing (including ETA)
- “Look Around” and “Flyover” for some cities with “interactive streel-level imagery with high-resolution 3D photography”
- real-time transit information for selected cities
- “Flight status uses on-device Siri intelligence to scan for information stored in Mail, Calendar or Wallet and proactively serves flight information for terminals, gate locations and departure times, as well as flight changes or cancellations for upcoming travel.”
Apple also claims privacy protections as a competitive advantage:
With Maps, no sign-in is required and it is not connected to an Apple ID in any way. Personalized features, such as suggesting departure time to make the next appointment, are created using on-device intelligence. Any data collected by Maps while using the app, like search terms, navigation routing and traffic information, is associated with random identifiers that continually reset to ensure the best possible experience and to improve Maps. Maps goes even further to obscure a user’s location on Apple servers when searching for a location through a process called “fuzzing.” Maps converts the precise location where the search originated to a less-exact one after 24 hours and does not retain a history of what has been searched or where a user has been.
There is an Apple support document for Maps problems:
If the Maps app isn’t working on your Apple device
If you can’t find your location or you notice incorrect results while using Maps on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac, learn what to do.