I had been using Android devices up until , and the Apple Maps interface wasn't intuitive to me. Google Maps seemed more reliable, and I was hesitant to trust Apple Maps after the countless bugs, glitches, and outright dangerous directions users were subjected to when the product rolled out in From then on, my opinion of Apple Maps didn't really change — until iOS 11 was unveiled this past June.
The new iPhone operating system, which arrived today, contains some major changes to Apple Maps. The updates make the app not only a solid mapping tool, but finally give Apple Maps capabilities that are equal to or even better than what Google Maps can do.
Nearly five years after launch, the newest update puts Apple Maps solidly on a par with Google — and it's making me consider switching back for the first time ever. Here are some of the major changes to Apple Maps with iOS Apple Google also offers a lane guidance feature , and most standalone GPS devices have this, too. But Apple's interface looks more modern than Google's, and it's nice to see the number of lane's displayed so prominently at the top.
I can picture this being incredibly helpful when driving in a high-traffic area with several lanes. But Apple hasn't said if there are any limitations on where speed limits will pop up in its Maps app.
I drive across New York State a few times a year to visit family, which involves driving on both 70mph highways and tiny, 30mph towns. It's easy to miss a speed-limit sign or fall victim to a speed trap, so having the speed limit displayed at all times could save many drivers from future speeding tickets.
Apple Google only offers two forms of maps at the moment: But Apple built a hybrid version, which could help make your commute a lot more enjoyable. Indoor maps for airports will show you where security is, help you find the nearest bathroom, and locate shops and restaurants in the terminal. Apple I recently flew through Atlanta, and finding the right terminal and gate required a long walk, a train trip, and more time than I had.
But having indoor maps could change all that, or at least help you feel a bit less flustered while navigating unfamiliar airports. While Google offers some indoor maps , the feature is limited right now. Apple's indoor maps feature won't be available in every airport and mall either, but it will support several hundred major hubs to start.
The app will show you what floor a store is on, search the mall directory, or narrow down your shopping destination by category.