Apple Maps: Major innovations for Germany

Apple has introduced new features for Maps apps. Really good stuff for users of the app. Our readers who follow the topic probably already know a lot – we reported from time to time on Apple’s ongoing beta tests.

From today, users can enjoy the new Maps app, which Apple says offers faster, more accurate navigation and comprehensive views of streets, buildings, parks, airports, malls and more.

The new map view also offers three-dimensional views of sights such as the Brandenburg Gate, the Reichstag building, Berlin’s TV tower, the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg and Neuschwanstein Castle.

In addition to the new map, there are many features designed to help users navigate and discover the world more easily. Siri Natural Language Guidance provides more natural, easy-to-understand instructions, such as “Turn left at next light.”

Lane Assist helps avoid incorrect turns and unanswered exits by guiding users into the correct lane before turning or leaving. Maps now also allow users to see the speed limit on the road they are driving on.

What else?

Users can also share an ETA with others with a tap or by asking Siri to use Share ETA. Recipients can follow the journey, and if there is a significant delay, Maps will notify them of an updated arrival time.

Now also officially we reported on it some time ago: Users can now report an accident, a dangerous place or a speed limit along their route by simply letting Siri know: “There is an accident ahead” or “There is something there on the street “. Users can also report it when an incident shown on the map has been resolved while continuing to focus on traffic.

With iOS 15 commuters can access all departures near them by tapping the screen and securing their favorite connections at the top. Apple’s Maps app automatically follows the selected connection and notifies drivers when they need to get off soon – and they can even keep track of it on the Apple Watch.

Real-time local transit information provides timetables, departure and arrival times, an overview of where the bus or train is on the route, and connectivity options to help with travel planning. Maps also show important information in real time, such as outcomes.

Look Around is now also starting in Germany. Maps offers “look around”, as it is called in this country, interactive images at street level with high-resolution 3D photography. Users from around the world can only navigate through Munich in this country, and other cities in Germany will follow, according to Apple.

The Apple Map team says it has worked very closely with the Bavarian Data Protection Authority to ensure that all regional privacy policies and protocols are followed. This includes editing all personally identifiable information. People with questions or concerns can refer to this page for more information.

With the latest updates, Apple Maps also introduces “Augmented Reality Pedestrian Routes”, which provide turn-by-turn directions in augmented reality for select German cities, including Berlin, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Cologne and Munich (requires iPhone with A12 Bionic and newer). Users can simply lift their iPhone to scan surrounding buildings. Maps generate a very accurate location and provide detailed augmented reality directions that can be seen in the real world.

But that was not all. Travel guides make it easier to discover places for map users who want to explore other parts of the world. Users can access over 1,000 expertly selected travel guides with recommendations from respected brands such as Time Out, The Washington Post, National Park Foundation, Complex and The Infatuation via the Explore Travel Guides button. Cured travel guides can be saved and updated automatically as new sites are added, so users always have the latest recommendations. Users can also create their own travel guides and share them with friends.

Additional features included in map (Apple information)

  • Explore and navigate with a visually stunning 3D cityscape offering an unprecedented level of detail for neighborhoods, commercial areas, ports, buildings and more. Now users can see changes in city heights, new street details and custom landmarks in cities around the world, including London, Los Angeles, Montreal, Philadelphia, San Francisco, San Diego, Vancouver, Washington, DC and more.
  • An interactive globe, which opens up a whole new way of looking at the world. The three-dimensional globe shows the natural beauty of the earth with amazing structures and shapes. Users can see amazing details for mountains, deserts, forests, oceans and more. The world’s most remote and beautiful places are now easily accessible directly from your iPhone.
  • favorites, which enables one-touch navigation to frequently visited places. Whether at home, work, gym or school, users can start navigating with a single tap when the location is in Favorites on the Home screen.
  • flyover, which offers a way to discover selected major metropolitan areas with photorealistic, immersive 3D views. Users can fly over a city with their device or explore cities and landmarks from a high-resolution bird’s eye view and rotate, zoom, move and tilt the section as desired.
  • flight statuswhich uses Siris on-device intelligence to search for information stored in Mail, Calendar or Wallet and proactively provides flight information on terminals, gates and departure times as well as flight changes or cancellations for upcoming trips.
  • indoor map to airports and shopping malls, allowing users to see which floor they are on, where the toilets are located, and even which shops and restaurants are open by simply opening the Maps app.
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