Apple Maps updated with topographical data, suggested hikes

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Apple Maps in iOS 18
Apple Maps in iOS 18 will help you plan your hikes, whether through the wilderness or a city.
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Apple Let Loose Event:New features in Apple Maps in iOS 18 will be a boon to hikers. The app is getting topographic maps along with thousands of suggested hikes across national parks in the United States.

The app can also create custom walking routes.

Take Apple Maps in iOS 18 hiking

Many of us use Apple Maps for our daily commute, but the application is getting more useful for those who take it off-road.

With the version built into the upcoming release of iOS 18, hikers can browse through recommended routes in 63 U.S. national parks, and filter them by length, elevation, and route type.

Because parks are so often well away from cell towers, Apple Maps users can save their hike to use while offline. (That’s true for driving routes, too.)

Not only for the wilderness

Any city dweller will tell you that not all the walking goes on in forests. With the upcoming version of Apple Maps, users can create custom walking routes in urban areas too.

This can be anything from a local exercise route to a full-day walking tour in a new city.

Hikes and custom walking routes, both urban and rural, can be saved to a new Places Library. Users can add personal notes about them.

Coming soon

The updated Apple Maps application will reach iPhone when iOS 18 launches this autumn — probably in September.

Anyone feeling impatient can sign up for the Apple Beta Software Program. It’s free, but also guarantees buggy devices.

Via: Apple

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