On the occasion of WWDC 2022, Apple announces some new features for Apple Plans.
Like every year, Apple took advantage of WWDC 2022 to unveil its new version of iOS: iOS 16. More than just a system update, native applications are also entitled to some new features. This is the case for example of Apple Maps.
More detailed maps
Already last year, Apple presented its detailed maps, with 3D buildings. Already available in 10 different countries, this novelty is now available in 11 additional countries, including France and Belgium. What to take advantage of to find your way more easily in three-dimensional spaces.
It is the whole map which is also more detailed, up to the roads. With a better representation, Apple wants to simplify navigation and prevent you from taking the wrong road at a crossroads because they are poorly modeled.
Adding extra stops
The main novelty nevertheless remains the “multi-stop routingto plan a route with multiple stops. In total, it is possible to define 15 stops in advance, from your iPhone or Mac (before then sending the route to your iPhone for navigation). In addition, it is possible to add stops on the fly during the journey by simply asking Siri to avoid having to take your hands off the steering wheel in the car.
Public transport is not forgotten either: a new function allows you to see at a glance how much a trip costs and pay for it from Apple Cards. A novelty already announced by Google at the Google I/O for Google Maps. Additionally, a warning is displayed when the wallet linked to Apple Maps does not have sufficient funds to pay for the trip.
APIs for third-party developers
Apple also wants to allow third-party developers to add information back to Apple Maps using APIs. The example given is that of Bird, a self-service scooter company that can use Apple Maps 3D maps to allow its subscribers to find scooters easily. This is of course only an example and all developers will be able to appropriate the superb 3D representations of our cities.
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