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iOS 16 brings major Apple Maps updates plus expansion to 11 new countries

Multistop Maps Ios
Multistop Maps Ios (Image credit: Apple)

What you need to know

  • Apple announced iOS 16 at WWDC 2022 on Monday.
  • It features some big improvements to Apple Maps.
  • Apple is also expanding its new improved maps to 11 new countries.

Apple this week announced iOS 16 at WWDC 2022, bringing with it some big new updates to Apple Maps and a rollout of its new maps to 11 new countries.

From Apple:

Apple Maps is introducing multistop routing, so users can plan up to 15 stops in advance and automatically sync routes from Mac to iPhone when they're ready to go. Maps is also bringing transit updates to users, making it easy for riders to view how much their journey will cost, add transit cards to Wallet, see low balances, and replenish transit cards, all without leaving Maps.

Multi-stop routing will allow users to add multiple stops to driving routes, and these can be planned in advance on a Mac before syncing with your iPhone.

Transit cards will let users add certain cards to their Wallet, and will alert users to a low balance as well as let them replenish their card without leaving maps. New transit fares can also reveal how much you can expect to pay on your journey if you're using public transport. Apple has also added a new starting point detection feature for using VoiceOver in Maps, which means sound and haptic feedback will alert users when they arrive at the starting point for walking directions in Maps.

Apple is also expanding its new maps to 11 new countries:

  • Belgium
  • France
  • Israel
  • Liechtenstein
  • Luxembourg
  • Monaco
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Palestinian Territories
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Switzerland

This is one of many updates coming to iOS 16 and Apple's best iPhones later this year, with major improvements also added to the Lock Screen, notifications, Safari, and Mail.

The developer beta of iOS 16 is already available to download, and a public beta should go live next month.

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.