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Apple Maps in iOS 16: 3 trip-enhancing features you may have missed

Screenshots suggest that a number of the new Maps app features could become available in macOS Monterey. (Image source: Apple)
Screenshots suggest that a number of the new Maps app features could become available in macOS Monterey. (Image source: Apple)
Apple recently previewed a number of features and enhancements coming to the Maps app in iOS/iPadOS 16 and macOS Ventura this fall. Take a closer look at what Apple users can look forward to when they hit the road later this year, including Google Maps staples like multi-stop routing.
Article compiled by Brahm Shank
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1. Multi-stop routing

In iOS 16 users can plan up to 15 pit stops prior to beginning route navigation in Apple Maps. macOS 13 Ventura enables pre-planners to map out stops along a route before sending the directions to their iOS device with a single tap.

If users would like to add stops mid-route, after they have already hit the road, they can simply ask Siri. iPhone users will also benefit from a new “recent” section in the Maps app that stores previous routes for convenient access. 

With Apple Maps in iOS 16 users can use Siri and CarPlay to instantly add stops along a route while on the road. (Image source: Apple)
With Apple Maps in iOS 16 users can use Siri and CarPlay to instantly add stops along a route while on the road. (Image source: Apple)

2. Helpful integrations for transit and VoiceOver

Apple users who frequently use public transit will be able to add transit cards to their digital wallet and easily receive notifications to reload their transit card balance with Apple Pay, all without leaving the Maps app.

This seamless experience additionally extends to transit fares, which are calculated automatically for users before they begin their journey. In a major step forward for iPhone accessibility, users who rely on the VoiceOver feature to navigate the mobile operating system will have the ability to receive haptic feedback and audio cues that help them more easily identify starting points for walking directions in the Maps app.

3. Revamped graphics

When iOS 16 becomes available to the public later this year, Apple has revealed that 11 countries in Apple Maps will receive a new coat of paint in the form of Apple’s latest detail-rich design layout for maps: Belgium, France, Israel, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Palestinian Territories, Saudi Arabia, and Switzerland.

Landmark cities as well as popular tourist locations, including San Diego, Sydney, Seattle, Montreal, New York, and Las Vegas to name a few, will receive even more meticulously designed models in the Maps app complete with intricate 3D models and accurate lighting fixtures. Developers of ride-sharing and transportation apps like Bird will benefit from the new maps layout in iOS 16 with support for more precise location tracking information while searching for scooters or vehicles. 

Locating points of interest like ride sharing vehicles is much easier in the updated Maps app complete with 3D modeling and spatial positioning. (Image source: Apple)
Locating points of interest like ride sharing vehicles is much easier in the updated Maps app complete with 3D modeling and spatial positioning. (Image source: Apple)
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Brahm Shank, 2022-06-13 (Update: 2022-06-13)