Apple came under a lot of criticism for Apple Maps when they made it the default app on the iPhone and dropped Google Maps as the default mapping app. This was because Apple’s mapping app was no way near as good as Google’s.
Since then Apple has spent the last few years doing everything it can to improve on Apple Maps. The app has has a wide range of changes since it launched and the current version is a lot better than the original.
We heard previously that Apple has big plans for their Maps app and according to a recent report, the app is now being built from scratch.
According to TechCrunch, Apple are build maps from the ground up they are building it using their own data this time, previously they used third party data. The new version of Maps will apparently be launched in the next beta of iOS 12, although it will only cover some areas at first.
The first place to get the updated Maps in iOS 12 beta will be San Francisco, this will then the expanded to Northern California in the fall. Apple will update this new version of Maps to everyone over time, so it looks like it will be rolled out in certain locations first.
It will be interesting to see what this updated version of Apple’s mapping software is like and whether Apple will end up building a better app than Google Maps.