We just lately reported on a collection of rumored iOS 17 Apple Maps upgrades that may lastly make you turn from Google Maps, however Apple’s navigation app is now confirmed to be getting a characteristic that Google’s platform has had for years.
When iOS 17 arrives later this yr, the replace will introduce offline performance in Apple Maps for the primary time. Per Apple’s personal description, “customers [will be able to] simply choose an space on their machine and obtain it with only a faucet. Whereas offline, [they] will be capable of entry turn-by-turn navigation for driving, strolling, transit, and biking; see their estimated time of arrival; discover locations in Maps; and extra.”
In different phrases, you’ll quickly be capable of obtain instructions and data for whole areas previous to hitting the street, sparing you the frustration of dropping connection – or utilizing up valuable mobile knowledge – whenever you’re out and about.
Additionally arriving in iOS 17 is the power to see real-time electrical automobile charging availability in Maps (above). Apple says the app will filter by charging community and plug kind, and customers with suitable autos will be capable of designate their most well-liked choices.
Apple is making it simpler to find park trails throughout the US, too, with iOS 17 introducing place playing cards in Maps that can embrace particulars like path size and sort, problem, and elevation achieve. Presumably, this characteristic will roll out to different areas shortly after debuting on the US model of the app.
We haven’t but seen Apple affirm the ‘Reside Exercise’ lock display characteristic that serial Apple tipster @analyst941 teased again in Might (above), so this can be one thing that the corporate holds for future iterations of iOS 17.
Given the handful of confirmed upgrades coming to Apple’s navigation software program later this yr, although, the Apple Maps vs. Google Maps debate appears to be like set for a shake-up.