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Comparing Apple’s Old and New Map Data

In September 2018, Apple announced that it was working to enhance the data underlying its Maps app, promising completion by the end of 2019. In the fifth update so far, Apple released new map data for the Northeast United States. Justin O’Beirne, who has done detailed examinations of Apple Maps and Google Maps in the past (see “Cartographic Comparison of Apple Maps and Google Maps,” 22 June 2016), is back with a fascinating look at how much more detailed the new data is than the old. The additional data will also presumably result in better navigation directions, although that’s harder to quantify. Regardless, it’s well worth scrolling through O’Beirne’s piece to see all the interactive Old Map/New Map screenshots.

Old and new versions of Apple Maps data for Albany, NY

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Comments About Comparing Apple’s Old and New Map Data

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  1. The old & new comparisons are useful. Evidently Apple is doing its bit in greening the planet! :slight_smile:

  2. So the Southeast hasn’t even been touched by Apple. Florida is the 3rd largest State in the country, soon to be #2, displacing New York, and maps still isn’t updated for the Sunshine State.

    No thanks, Apple. I’m definitely a fan-boy about most things Apple, but for maps, I’ll keep using Google.

  3. Here in Wales I can see ONLY regression in Maps. I enter a route but don’t commence it as I KNOW the main highway and don’t want the annoying voice (Miss-pronunciation and clipped road numbers, reported AD NAUSEUM!) Maps just drops the route!! When I start again it doesn’t recognise the post code or tighter address info that it’s used BEFORE!!! Pathetic!!!

  4. FWIW, I saw an Apple map car driving through a shopping center in Newport Beach, California on Nov. 16. Perhaps they are updating images.

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