Apple Maps will factor in weather when suggesting routes in iOS 15

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What you need to know

  • Apple Maps looks set to offer alternative routes based on adverse weather conditions when iOS 15 ships.
  • Apple is expected to release iOS 15 to the public this September.

Apple's upcoming iOS 15 update looks set to warn users when their route could encounter flash flooding and other adverse weather conditions. Users will be able to select a different route or plow on regardless.

As spotted by one Reddit user, Apple's iOS 15 beta 3 update is now taking weather into consideration when suggesting routes — something that could be a big deal for people who live in areas where flash floods and other spontaneous weather activity could make travel difficult and even impossible. The more information people are given before encountering something like a flash flood, the better.

Ios 15 Maps Weather Data

Ios 15 Maps Weather Data (Image credit: u/ChrisSDreiling)

Apple is currently testing iOS 15 with developers as well as those on the public beta program, with a release to the wider world expected to happen in or around September. Apple Maps might not yet be the best iPhone app in terms of mapping quality and directions, but Apple has made great improvements in recent years. It isn't beyond the realms of possibility that Apple Maps will one day be on a level playing field with the likes of Google Maps and the ever-popular Waze.

This September is already looking like a busy month with new iPhones also set to be announced. New Mac, iPad, and Apple Watch hardware also appears to be in the cards before we see the end of 2021, too.

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.