One of the iOS 11 features you may not know about is that Apple now offers indoor mapping support for a growing number of international airports and malls.
While the number of airports and malls covered is still relatively small — with 34 airports, mostly based in the U.S., and a handful of shopping malls — Apple has published a list of where these are located.
Airports which offer indoor maps:
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol AMS
Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport BWI
Berlin Tegel Airport TXL
Berlin Schönefeld Airport SXF
Chicago O’Hare International Airport ORD
Chicago Midway International Airport MDW
Denver International Airport DEN
Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport DTW
Edmonton International Airport YEG
Geneva Airport GVA
Hong Kong International Airport HKG
Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport IAH
Houston William P. Hobby Airport HOU
Indianapolis International Airport IND
Jacksonville International Airport JAX
Las Vegas McCarran International Airport LAS
London Heathrow Airport LHR
London Gatwick Airport LGW
Los Angeles International Airport LAX
Orange County John Wayne Airport SNA
Miami International Airport MIA
Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport MSP
Nashville International Airport BNA
New York John F. Kennedy International Airport JFK
New York LaGuardia Airport LGA
Newark Liberty International Airport EWR
Oakland International Airport OAK
Philadelphia International Airport PHL
Pittsburgh International Airport PIT
Portland International Airport PDX
San Diego International Airport SAN
San Jose Norman Y. Mineta International Airport SJC
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport SEA
Vancouver International Airport YVR
Malls which offer indoor maps
Apple also revealed nine cities which offer indoor maps for malls. These include Baltimore, MD; Boston, MA; Chicago, IL; Los Angeles, CA; New York, NY; Philadelphia, PA; San Francisco, CA; San Jose, CA; and Washington, DC. Unlike the list of airports, it seems that Apple’s not yet rolled this feature out outside of the U.S.
Somewhat irritatingly, Apple also doesn’t reveal exactly which malls in these areas offer indoor mapping — instead limiting it to the cites themselves.
The usefulness of indoor mapping
While the feature only rolled out with iOS 11, Apple has been interested in indoor mapping for a while. Its early patents date back to 2014, just a couple of years after Apple Maps’ ill-fated debut. To make the indoor mapping more accurate, Apple’s patent described how it would utilize iBeacons, Apple’s Bluetooth Low Energy emitters designed to make its iDevices location aware indoors.
In the case of an airport, the indoor mapping means you can easily find restaurants, shops, boarding gates, check-in areas, and more, using your regular Apple Maps app. For shopping malls, it shows the location of individual stores, complete with handy information such as opening times.
Have you tried out this feature yet on iOS 11? Let us know in the comments below.
Via: Apple Insider