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Apple Maps to get overhaul

Apple are set to gives their map app a complete overhaul.

The tech giants first launched Apple Maps in 2012, and whilst the app has improved over time, many Apple users have still taken to downloading a third-party app such as Google Maps instead of using the one offered by Apple with every device.

So, in an interview with TechCrunch, Apple has revealed it plans to completely rework Apple Maps from the ground up with new first-party data and mapping.

The company reportedly plans to implement the new version of Maps with coverage of San Francisco and Bay Area in the next version of the iOS 12 beta, before expanding coverage to northern California later this year.

According to TechCrunch, Apple senior vice president Eddy Cue - who is now in charge of Apple Maps - said he didn't want to "rehash all the issues we've had when we introduced [Apple Maps]," and instead wanted to focus on "trying to create what we hope is going to be the best map app in the world, taking it to the next step. That is building all of our own map data from the ground up."

For the overhaul, Apple has reportedly built a team of in-house cartographers to gather data from existing maps, as well as taking information from users to help flesh out the details.

Apple will also combine satellite imagery with data taken from its mapping vehicles to add more things like the shapes of buildings, foliage, and walking paths to its maps to more accurately represent a given area.

As of the time of writing, it is unknown when the new version of the app will get a worldwide release.

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