Apple Maps will Get two Significant Updates in iOS 18 for Convenient Navigating

By Consultants Review Team Thursday, 28 March 2024

The dates for the highly anticipated WWDC 2024 event have been revealed by Apple. It is anticipated that Apple will make several noteworthy announcements during the event, which takes place from June 10 to June 14. The first glimpse at iOS 18, the upcoming operating system upgrade for iPhones, is one of the main announcements that are anticipated at WWDC. iOS 18 is expected to be the largest iPhone OS upgrade that Apple has ever delivered, based on rumors and leaks. It is said to include AI capabilities, enable RCS texting, and other features.

A new MacRumors story indicates that Apple is going to add topographic maps to the Apple Maps app for iOS 18, macOS 15, and visionOS 2, in addition to the features of iOS 18 that are anticipated. Moreover, Apple Maps users with iPhones may soon have the option to design unique routes, allowing them to customize and preview their itineraries prior to starting their travels.

Topographic maps

Topographic maps were first made available by Apple in watchOS. Since their release, these maps have grown to be an essential resource for outdoor enthusiasts. They include landmarks, elevation contours, and detailed trails—all of which are very useful for accurate navigation when engaging in activities like hiking. Additionally, Apple has been systematically extending its presence throughout the US.

New reports from this year, however, suggest that these maps may be made available for the iOS, macOS, and visionOS operating systems. According to analyst Nicoláslvarez's assessment, topographic map code was implemented the previous year, but watchOS 10 is the first to activate it. At the time, it wasn't doing anything on iOS or macOS. Nevertheless, it appears that the functionality is already operational based on recent changes to the code for iOS 18, macOS 15, and visionOS 2. This further suggests that the forthcoming iOS 18 update will have a wider selection of topographic maps, as noted by MacRumors.

Development of custom routes

With iOS 18, Apple is apparently planning to enable bespoke route creation in addition to topographic maps. With the help of this function, iPhone users will be able to create own travel routes instead of relying on Apple Maps' recommendations. Users would have total control over the specifics of their journey with iOS 18, as opposed to the several route alternatives that Apple Maps now provides to a destination.

It's interesting to note that the planned improvements to Apple Maps—such as personalized routes and topographic maps—only represent a small portion of what lies ahead for iOS 18. These changes go beyond the anticipated emphasis on AI functions and customisation.

MacRumors claims that iOS 18 will let users freely arrange their app icons on the home screen—even leaving gaps between them—for the first time. Ò In addition, Rich Communication Services (RCS) messaging will be included with iOS 18, and visionOS design cues will be incorporated. All in all, rumors have it that Apple wants to improve home screen flexibility and provide a more user-centric design experience with the next iPhone operating system.

Notably, until Apple makes an official announcement at the Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) in June, the whole set of features for iOS 18 are unknown. Apple is anticipated to provide upgrades for iPadOS 18, watchOS 11, visionOS 2, and macOS in addition to the iOS 18. Following the announcement, these OS changes should be available in developer betas in June. A public release is scheduled for the autumn, most likely to coincide with the debut of the iPhone 16 series.

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