25 October 2021
Secret Things You Can Do When Using Apple Maps
Apple Maps has grown a lot in recent years, and is now a major competitor to the likes of Google Maps.
3D View: Apple Maps allows the user to view select cities on its mapping system in 3D. This allows the user to virtually fly over major landmarks and get a feel of what the city is really like.We don’t expect this to expand any further than major tourist destinations, but it’s still a fun feature to play with!
Covid-19 airport travel guidance: Airport traffic is beginning to resume after a rather painful 2020 for the travel industry, and Apple Maps is here to help. Apple Maps now contains travel guidance for over 300 airports worldwide, including rules about face coverings, and local requirements for passengers.
Zebra crossings and bike lanes: To allow for safer driving, Apple Maps alerts you of bike lanes in the area, as well as zebra crossings along the road. This will help ensure that cars and bikes can use the road together without issue.
Traffic lights and speed cameras: On selected routes, Apple Maps will alert drivers of traffic lights on the roads, as well as speed cameras in known locations.
Need some Yelp?: Whilst Google Maps uses its own review system for businesses and restaurants, Apple Maps integrates reviews/ratings from the popular website Yelp.
Look Around: Google Maps has long been dominant when it comes to on-street navigation thanks to its Street View feature, however, it seems like Apple Maps is finally catching up. Much like Street View, Look Around allows the user to browse around virtually on street level.
Easier to follow directions: One issue with satellite navigation is how easy it can be to misunderstand directions when you don’t know the area. With Apple Maps, they’ll tell you to “turn right at the next junction” rather than just “turn right in 100 ft”. It’ll also tell you which lane you need to be in.
No need to be logged in: Unlike most other mapping services, you don’t need to be logged into an account in order to use Apple Maps. Just type down your destination, and away you go!
Bike-sharing station locators: Many cities are now offering bike-sharing services in a bid to cut out on pollution, as well as to help encourage social distancing post-lockdown. As passengers are now looking for alternative ways to get to and from work, going near bike sharing stations could be a great way to pick up potential passengers.
Guides: Driving to an unfamiliar city? Just enter it into Apple Maps, and if there is a guide available online, it will display almost immediately, along with key photos of the city. This will help you become more familiar with the area even before you arrive.
(Image Credit: Apple Maps)