Updated Apple Maps rolls out to Northeast U.S.

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Apple wants to banish those terrible early memories of Apple Maps.
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Apple is rolling out its revamped Apple Maps app in the Northeast, covering Washington, D.C., Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York, Massachusetts and Maine.

The refreshed Apple Maps continues to expand across the United States. Last week, it debuted in Texas, Louisiana and the southern half of Mississippi.

“We wanted to take [Apple Maps] to the next level,” Eddy Cue, head of the Apple Maps project, said last year. “We have been working on trying to create what we hope is going to be the best map app in the world.”

The updated app looks similar to the previous Apple Maps. However, it includes additional details such as trees, sports fields and parking lots. To power the apps, Apple gathers data with mapping vehicles and from GPS-enabled iPhones. Apple also applied for permission to use drones to improve Apple Maps.

At this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple said the updated Apple Maps will roll out across the United States by the end of 2019. It will begin to arrive in other countries in 2020.

If all goes according to plan, Cupertino might permanently banish those disastrous early user memories of Apple Maps. These ranged from depicting horribly warped landscapes to directing folks visiting the airport in Fairbanks, Alaska, to drive across one of the taxiways.

Source: MacRumors