In 2012, Apple Maps replaced Google Maps as the default mapping service on iPhone. After years of anticipation, Apple has finally introduced an offline maps feature, set to be available with iOS 17, iPadOS 17, and watchOS 10 later this year. Users will be able to download areas of the map and access turn-by-turn navigation for driving, walking, transit, and cycling, even without an internet connection.
- 1 Offline Maps Feature
- 2 Compatibility and Usage
- 3 Benefits of Native Offline Navigation
- 4 Apple Maps’ History and Improvements
- 5 Real-Time EV Charging Station Availability
- 6 Trail Information in Parks
- 7 Final Words
Offline Maps Feature
The offline maps feature allows users to select a specific area on the map and download it onto their device. Once downloaded, users can navigate within the downloaded area without the need for WiFi or a cellular connection. This long-awaited feature brings Apple Maps on par with rival apps like Google Maps, making offline navigation a native capability on Apple devices.
Compatibility and Usage
Owners of supported devices can try out the offline maps feature by installing the iOS 17 developer beta. Additionally, the offline maps downloaded on an iPhone can be accessed on an Apple Watch, as long as the paired iPhone is within range. Users can view detailed place cards and navigate without relying on an internet connection, providing a seamless experience.
With the introduction of offline maps, Apple Maps eliminates the need for users to rely on third-party apps for offline navigation. It’s a welcome addition for iPhone users who have been waiting for this feature for over a decade.
Apple Maps’ History and Improvements
Apple Maps had a rocky start, marred by inaccuracies and various issues. However, Apple has continually worked to improve the app’s reliability and accuracy. The inclusion of offline maps and other features showcases Apple’s commitment to delivering a robust mapping service.
Real-Time EV Charging Station Availability
Apple Maps will now display the real-time availability of EV charging stations. Users will be able to view stations sorted by plug type and charging network, ensuring a convenient charging experience for electric vehicle owners. This feature builds upon Apple’s existing EV Routing capability, currently available on select cars, which suggests routes that include the nearest compatible charging station.
Trail Information in Parks
Apple Maps will make it easier for users to find and explore thousands of trails in parks. Place cards for trails will provide detailed information such as length, difficulty, and elevation gain, helping outdoor enthusiasts plan their adventures. Initially, this feature will be available exclusively in the US and in English.
With the introduction of offline maps, real-time EV charging station availability, and trail information, Apple Maps continues to evolve and enhance the user experience. Users can now rely on Apple Maps for offline navigation and enjoy a host of additional features, making it a more comprehensive and reliable mapping service.