Apple has brought offline maps to Apple Maps with the launch of iOS 17. This feature simplifies navigation in unfamiliar areas, cuts data usage, and helps to prevent getting lost in areas with weak network signals. Maps for areas of interest can be downloaded in advance when a data connection is available. Just keep in mind that real-time information like traffic incidents may not be available on offline maps.
Apple Maps now delivers live parking information directly in the app. iPhone owners can search for available parking spots and reserve parking at over 8,000 locations in the US and Canada from Apple Maps. This improvement comes thanks to SpotHero integration. Even better, there's no update to Apple Maps required for the new features to take effect.
By default, Apple Maps displays distances based on the local region. The iPhone automatically decides whether to use Imperial units (miles) or metric units based on country settings. Most places around the world use the metric system, and prefer to see distance measurements in kilometers.
Navigation routing for multiple stops during a single trip is coming to Apple Maps. One of the most demanded features, multi-stop routing is already available in rival apps Waze and Google Maps. With the launch of iOS 16, Apple Maps will receive this capability along with a list of other improvements. With multi-stop routing, users can enter several locations in sequence and get directions to and from each stop as they travel.
By now most drivers are familiar with vehicle routing, traffic alerts, and adding extra stops to a trip. Like other mapping applications, Apple Maps can show nearby locations such as restaurants. One thing never too far away is a gas station. For this reason Maps really doesn't need to factor in fuel when calculating a new route. EV drivers do not enjoy the same number of fueling stations, which is where electric vehicle (EV) routing comes into play.