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Apple brings detailed city maps to Canada

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Apple Maps’ more detailed, three-dimensional cities launched with iOS 15 are coming to Canada, offering better driving navigation, public transit directions and an augmented reality walking experience. The company has announced that the new city experience is available in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver. The feature was previously available in half a dozen US cities – Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, San Diego, San Francisco and Washington, DC – as well as London in the UK.

It’s a welcome extension. When we reviewed iOS 15 last year, our only real issue with the improved map experience was its extremely limited availability. But, where available, it offers a significant improvement on how cities look in Apple’s software, and even includes 3D models of key landmarks. Functionally, these improvements help with directions, such as more details about which lanes to use.

Apple Maps bike directions are also coming to Montreal.
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In addition to car navigation, public transit directions will also see improvements in the added cities. Apple Maps notifies you when it’s time to disembark, and there are also improvements to the user interface, such as letting users pin their favorite transit lines to make their favorite routes more easily available. Hikers also benefit, and can get turn-by-turn directions in augmented reality, while bike directions (a feature that originally came on Apple Maps with iOS 14) are now also available in Montreal.

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