Apple Maps '2.0' launches in the UK

Apple has released a redesigned Maps for UK users. featuring city guides, cycling directions and its Google Street view-style 'Look Around' feature.

The US tech giant has worked with Ordinance Survey to brings a greater level of detail to British and Irish landmass and buildings for the new Maps interface. 

Apple Maps '2.0', which rolled out to the US in January, has better road coverage and pedestrian data, more precise addresses and detailed land cover. 

It also now offers cycling directions that route users along bike lanes and pre-created city guides that show the best restaurants and shops. 

And the Look Around feature enables users to explore large areas of London, Edinburgh and Dublin at street level through 3D photography.  

The new Apple Maps will roll out automatically at 8pm British time tonight and all customers should see the new version on their devices by 10pm, Apple said. 

The new Apple Maps launches with greater detail (left) cycling routes (right) and the Google Street view-style 'Look Around' feature (centre)

The new Apple Maps launches with greater detail (left) cycling routes (right) and the Google Street view-style 'Look Around' feature (centre)

Apple will be hopeful that the comprehensive Maps redesign will keep it hot on the heels of its rival Google Maps. 

'Maps helps hundreds of millions of people in over 200 countries and territories navigate and explore the world,' Apple said in a statement.

It's everywhere customers are – at home, in the office, on the go on users' iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple Watch. 

'All users in the UK and Ireland can now experience a redesigned Maps with faster and more accurate navigation and comprehensive views of roads, buildings, parks, airports, malls and more.'    

For users of the new version of Apple Maps, the most notable difference will be the countless tiny details added, including the shapes and sizes of individual buildings and more blue and green to indicate water and parks.

Before, the UI for Apple Maps looked rather sparse and lacked detail.
Apple delivers a new redesigned Maps with better road coverage and more precise addresses.

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New update provides far richer detail, including the shapes and sizes of buildings and more clearly denoted parks

Apple Maps provides much more detail of the subtle contours of buildings, including Edinburgh Castle

Apple Maps provides much more detail of the subtle contours of buildings, including Edinburgh Castle

Dublin's Aviva Stadium on Maps, for example, now features its characteristic glass bowl rim and even the surrounding steps, while Edinburgh Castle renders like a miniature, detailed scale model. 

But the new Maps also features several 'smart' features that 'help users navigate and explore the world with a simple tap'. 

Apple has partnered with Time Out Group and Lonely Planet to create Guides that present curated, pre-set collections of must‑see city attractions. 

Guides makes recommendations for the best places to visit in cities around the world to eat or shop. 

The feature automatically updates when new places are added, so users always have the latest recommendations. 

Guides provide recommendations for the best places to visit in a city, which Apple Maps users can save and view later

Guides provide recommendations for the best places to visit in a city, which Apple Maps users can save and view later

Users can also create their own personal Guides and share them with friends and family. 

Users can easily build and share lists of their favourite restaurants, places they want to visit or top sites for their holiday using Guides. 

The new version of Apple Maps also provides users with cycling directions in London, along bike lanes, paths, and roads. 

Designed for cyclists with Apple Watch on their wrists, the feature offers custom cycling voice guidance via Apple's digital assistant Siri 'that makes it easy to navigate with a glance'. 

It's helpful for choosing a route that avoids busier roads and takes elevation into account, so users will be alerted if there are steep passages or if they'll need to carry their bike up some stairs.    

Apple Maps also has a nifty little feature specifically for electric vehicle owners to find the best routes.    

Apple Maps also provides users with cycling directions in London, along bike lanes, paths, and roads

Apple Maps also provides users with cycling directions in London, along bike lanes,

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