Apple rolls out new Maps app in the United States

Today, Apple announced that it's rolling out a new version of its Maps app to everyone in the United States. The new Apple Maps offers "faster and more accurate navigation", in addition to more detailed views of roads, buildings, parks, airports, and more, promising to make for a more enjoyable experience.

The new app also includes a host of old and new features beyond just giving you a map of the area you're in. Look Around lets users explore cities such as the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas as if they were walking the streets, complete with 3D images for the surroundings. Collections is another feature that allows users to save their preferred locations, such as restaurants, so they're easily accessible and shareable at any given time.

Other features include real-time transit, the ability to share your estimated time of arrival with friends, and information about upcoming flights. You also get indoor maps, "natural-sounding" turn-by-turn navigation spoken by Siri, and Flyover, which lets users see 3D images of cities as if they were flying above them.

The new Apple Maps has been fully rolled out in the United States, and Apple says it will bring the same experience to users in Europe in the coming months. Apple Maps powers a range of other mapping services, so the improvements will likely be noticed by more than just those who have Apple devices.

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