Apple Maps got off to a rocky start when it debuted in 2012. Initial versions were loaded with bugs and other problems, forcing Apple to scramble for a fix. But the app has since grown up and now offers an array of useful features that can help you navigate to your destination whether you're driving, walking, biking, or taking public transportation. With iOS 14, the app has added a few new options to ease your travels. Here are 10 reasons to start using Apple Maps.
Save Your Favorite Places
With iOS 13 or higher, Apple Maps lets you save restaurants, stores, businesses, friends' addresses, and other places you frequently visit as favorites. Search for the place you want to save, swipe up the screen until you see Add to Favorites, and tap the command. After you've saved a few sites this way, they'll appear just below the search field. Swipe to the left to browse through your favorites or tap See All to view them all.
Organize Places Through Guides
The more places you visit and save, the harder it is to find a location in your favorites. Organize saved locations by putting them into a guide (formerly known as collections but rebranded in iOS 14 as guides). To do this, swipe up in the app until you see the section for Guides, then tap New Guide. Give your new guide a name—Restaurants, for example. Tap Create and tap the guide you just created to add places to it.
Find Guides to Cities
With iOS 14, Apple has also started creating guides to provide travel and tourist information about certain cities. For now, the selection is limited to just New York, San Francisco, London, and Los Angeles, but hopefully locations will expand over time. Search for one of those cities and tap the See More link in the section for Guides. The screen displays various guides on specific topics. Tap any guide to open and read it. You can even save any of them to your own Guides list.
Search Nearby Places
When you access the Search feature, Maps serves up a list of nearby businesses and other locations you may want to visit. You can find local restaurants, gas stations, coffee shops, grocery stores, hotels, bars, shopping centers, and hospitals this way.
You can check out your destination before you get there through the Apple Maps Look Around feature introduced in iOS 13. Similar to Google’s Street View, Look Around provides an interactive 360-degree view of a location.
After you find the spot you want, swipe up on the screen. If the location is one of the (few) places that support the feature, tap the thumbnail photo for Look Around. Swipe around the screen to explore the area in 3D. You can pinch the screen to zoom and tap a spot anywhere on the screen to jump to the location.
At the map screen, you can also tap the binoculars icon in the upper right to display the Look Around image at the top of the screen so you can still see the map.
You can get a bird's eye view of a particular city with Flyover. Type the name of a supported city in the search field, such as New York City, Paris, London, Florence, or Tokyo. Tap the Flyover button on the place card. You can now move your phone around or swipe to view the city from the sky. You can also pinch to zoom in and out. Tap the screen and tap Start City Tour to take an automated tour of the city.
New with iOS 14 is an option that can direct you to your destination via bicycle routes. After you’ve received the directions, tap the bicycle icon. If your destination is reachable that way, the directions will tell you how to bike there. For certain cities, you can even get directions on a true bike trail. Tap the Go button to begin your ride.
In addition to the outdoor world, Apple Maps also allows you to see indoor maps of shopping malls, airports, and other places where you might need help getting around. Search by the name of a city for a supported mall, such as Los Angeles, Boston, New York, or Tokyo, or an airport name, such as Hong Kong International Airport, JFK Airport, Melbourne Airport, or Zurich Airport. On the map, tap Look Inside. You can then navigate around inside to find a specific store, gate, or other spot.
Real-Time Transit Information
With iOS 13 and higher, you can see up-to-date transit information for trains, buses, and other public transportation. After you search for directions, tap the bus icon. The app will show you any options for local public transportation with details on where and how to catch it, what line to take, and whether there are any delays. Tap a specific suggestion to see more information. Tap Go to get to the bus stop, train station, or other spot specified in the directions.
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