Apple Maps adds real-time transit data to UK, Canada, and more

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Apple Maps (Image credit: iMore)

What you need to know

  • Apple Maps has had a huge update.
  • The UK and Canada now have real-time transit information.
  • Some more cities in the United States also now have the Look Around feature.

Apple has quietly been making inroads on its Apple Maps push around the globe with several countries and US cities getting new and expanded features in recent weeks. Those features include Look Around and real-time transit information.

As spotted by iPhoneTicker and 9to5Mac, Apple has been hard at work with real-time transit information adding train, bus, and more public transit information to a ton of places. Those include England, Wales, Scotland, Sweden, Canada, and the Netherlands. International cities including Beijing, Canberra, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, and Sydney are also online now.

New US cities are also now able to take advantage of the real-time transit data. The full list reads:

  • Alaska
  • Atin (TX)
  • Baltimore (MD)
  • Burlington (VT)
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Dallas (TX)
  • Florida
  • Hoton
  • Illinois
  • Kentucky
  • Las Vegas (NV)
  • Massachetts
  • Miami (FL)
  • Michigan
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • San Antonio (TX)
  • South Carolina
  • St Louis
  • Tennessee
  • Washington (DC)
  • Wisconsin

Apple Maps also added support for Look Around to new US locations. This feature mimics Google's Street View and allows users to see an area in 3D before visiting. Those now supporting Look Around include:

  • Boston
  • Chicago
  • Houston
  • Las Vegas
  • Los Angeles
  • New York
  • O'ahu
  • Philadelphia
  • San Francisco
  • Washington, DC

Continuing the growth, Apple Maps now supports Nearby in more countries. The feature allows users to search for points of interest around their current location with the following countries now online:

  • Argentina
  • Belgium
  • Brazil
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • El Salvador
  • Greece
  • Hong Kong
  • Hungary
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Macau
  • Mexico
  • Montserrat
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Philippines
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Republic of Korea
  • Russia
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Singapore
  • South Africa
  • Spain
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • Turkey
  • Vietnam

Tun-by-turn navigation has also expanded to several new countries and islands, further reducing users' reliance on third-party mapping apps for travel.

  • Aland Islands
  • Anguilla
  • Aruba
  • Bahamas
  • Bermuda
  • Bonaire
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Cayman Islands
  • Chile
  • China
  • Dominica
  • Dominican Republic
  • Greece
  • Grenada
  • Haiti
  • Jamaica
  • Martinique
  • Montserrat
  • Palestinian Territories
  • St. Barth
  • St. Kitts and Nevis
  • St. Lucia
  • St. Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Turks and Caicos Islands
  • Uruguay

Rounding things out we have the indoor mapping of airports with a huge number of airports now listed as having been added. You can see the full list on Apple's website. There are a lot!

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too. Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.