Huge Apple Maps update TODAY adds Google Street View rival and much more

APPLE is giving Maps a massive makeover – adding its own Google Street View rival, cycling directions and more.

The mega-update is already available in the US, but is now rolling out across the UK too.

It was announced earlier this year, marking the biggest change to Apple Maps in years.

The update makes navigation faster and more accurate.

And you'll get more comprehensive views of roads, buildings, parks, airports, shopping malls and more.

The update arrives this evening in the UK and Ireland, with a rollout in Europe in the coming months.


Among the new features added by Apple is Look Around, which shows you street-level photos to help you find your way around major cities.

Customers from anywhere in the world could navigate through New York City, the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Houston and Oahu.

And now they can also check out a Street View-style version of London, Edinburgh and Dublin.

Apple says the Look Around feature is really immersive, with smooth movement down roads.

Earlier this year, Apple began sending out backpack-wearing mappers on the streets of London.

Each Apple backpack is equipped with cameras and LiDAR sensors designed to accurately snap Britain's public spaces.

Men and women donning the backpacks will go where Apple Maps cars are unable to drive – like London's Covent Garden market.

Apple says the backpacks will capture areas like pedestrian-only streets, parks, plazas and transport stations.


It means Apple Maps will get better pedestrian data to help you navigate on foot.

Apple has also introduced Collections in the new Maps, which let you compile and share lists of your favourite haunts.

And Maps now works at more than just street level, too: You now get indoor navigation for big buildings like airports.

Apple Maps now supports cycling directions, taking you along bike lanes, paths and roads.

You'll even be able to check out the elevation on your route, giving you a better idea of what to expect.

It's possible to select routes that avoid busier roads, and navigation comes with custom cycling voice guidance.

Apple Maps has teamed up with various content partners to offer local guides for points of interest or great restaurants.

And you can now get real-time transit info and flight status reports.


You can share your ETA with friends, even by using a simple voice command with Siri.

There's also a new 3D Flyover view for major metro areas – including London and more than 350 cities.

Apple Maps came out back in 2012, but got off to a rocky start due to widespread errors.

But it's been quickly catching up to Google Maps – estimated to be the world's most popular navigation app.

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