Apple Maps' big update: Tons more detail but it only covers tiny part of US

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With iOS 12, Apple has rolled out an updated version of its Maps app that adds many more details about the landscape, helping Apple close the gap on Google Maps.

The new version has been built with data collected from iPhones and Apple’s own Lidar-equipped cars rather than using third-party mapping data from companies like TomTom.

Announcing the forthcoming revamp, Apple senior vice president Eddy Cue told TechCrunch in May that it was aiming for Apple Maps “to be the best map app in the world”, built from the ground up with its own map data.

The plan is to roll out the new version of Apple Maps section by section in the US over the coming year.

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