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Apple is testing its improved maps in three new locations

Monaco Maps
Monaco Maps (Image credit: Justin O'Beirne)

What you need to know

  • Apple is testing its new Maps in more locations.
  • It has rolled out improvements in Monaco, France, and New Zealand.
  • The company rolled out a major overhaul to Maps last year.

Apple is testing its major Maps overhaul in three new locations, Monaco, France, and New Zealand, according to a report this week.

From Justin O'Beirne:

On May 29, 2022, Apple began publicly testing its next expansion: France, Monaco, and New Zealand. This will be Apple's fifteenth expansion of its new map data... ...and France, Monaco, and New Zealand will be the fourteenth, fifteenth, and sixteenth countries to receive it.Covering 73 million people, this will also be Apple's third largest expansion to date, in terms of population covered:

Screenshots show that Apple is testing more detailed maps, as well as improved 3D looks at major landmarks including the Eiffel Tower and Notre-Dame Cathedral. Apple announced its major Apple Maps overhaul in September of last year for iOS 15. from Apple:

With the release of iOS 15, Apple Maps gets its biggest update ever with a city experience that offers rich details, driving routes with better navigation, immersive walking directions shown in augmented reality, and much more. The update, which expands on the new map that Apple spent years building from the ground up, is now available in London, Los Angeles, New York City, and the San Francisco Bay Area, with more cities to come.

O'Beirne says Apple's previous rollout schedule for mapping updates means that these expansions are likely to go fully live sometime in mid-July. With WWDC 2022 just a few days away, it's very likely that Apple might unveil even more Apple Maps improvements, with continued investments making the service one of the best iPhone apps for navigation and exploration.

Stephen Warwick
Stephen Warwick

Stephen Warwick has written about Apple for five years at iMore and previously elsewhere. He covers all of iMore's latest breaking news regarding all of Apple's products and services, both hardware and software. Stephen has interviewed industry experts in a range of fields including finance, litigation, security, and more. He also specializes in curating and reviewing audio hardware and has experience beyond journalism in sound engineering, production, and design.

Before becoming a writer Stephen studied Ancient History at University and also worked at Apple for more than two years. Stephen is also a host on the iMore show, a weekly podcast recorded live that discusses the latest in breaking Apple news, as well as featuring fun trivia about all things Apple.