Apple is slowly rolling out its new map to countries around the world, and today, people in three more countries will be able to enjoy a much better map on their iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac.
According to Apple Maps enthusiast Justin Oberne, the company has started rolling out its new maps to three more countries: Israel, Palestine and Saudi Arabia.
Oberne specifically says that the company is “publicly testing its next expansion,” so it’s unclear whether Maps is yet available to all users in those countries or only select users for now.
What’s in the new map?
Oberne takes a look at the changes the new map is bringing to the new countries. In Israel, he took a look at the changes to come in the city of Jerusalem. As you can see below, you can see how much additional detail is coming with the update.
Changes to Apple Maps in Jerusalem (Image Credit: Justin Oberne)
Looking at Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia, it looks like Apple is bringing at least one additional map feature with its new map. In addition to all that sweet detail, as you can see below, the city is also getting the three-dimensional treatment.
Apple’s 3D map of Jerusalem (Image Credit: Justin Oberne)
Oberne noted that the new features coming to these three countries represent the sixteenth expansion of Apple’s own new Maps. The company originally announced its new map at WWDC in 2018 and later launched it in California. It took until April 2020 for the new map to be rolled out to the rest of the United States.
Since then, it has expanded the new map to several other countries, including the United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia.
In addition to more details, the new map also enables a host of features including Look Around, 3D Cities, flyovers, and new modes of navigation including transit and cycling directions.