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The Apple Maps Update for iOS 13 makes sure you'll never feel bad again if you're late



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The new look-around feature of Apple Maps is undoubtedly well done.


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Over the past seven years, Apple Maps has made a ridiculous attempt to replace Google Maps on the iPhone with a true mapping app that stands alone. With iOS 13 and iPadOS Apple has improved its card game by adding new features and optimizing its overall appearance.

You can now share your ETA with every contact on your phone and keep it up to date on your exact ETA. There is also a new Look Around feature similar to Google Street View but from Apple.

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Apple Maps is not the only major change in iOS 13. There are numerous new features, including a new swipe keyboard that you can not swear that the upgrade is appealing.

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Share ETA is a convenient way to let your friends know about your arrival.


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Share Your ETA

This must be one of the more useful features Apple has been adding in recent years. From iOS 13.1 you can share your estimated time of arrival via Apple Maps, iMessage, or text with a friend if you use Apple Maps navigation. Here's how:

1. Start the Apple Maps navigation and get detailed directions to a location.

. 2 If you are viewing the current directions, swipe up at the bottom of the area that displays your time of arrival and the exit button.

. 3 Tap the Share ETA button.

. 4 Select the contact or contacts you want to share with.

After tapping the Share ETA button, you may notice that some contacts have an Apple Maps icon next to their name instead of a message icon. If your iPhone is running iOS 13.1 or later, and you are sharing your ETA for someone with an iPhone running iOS 13.1 or later, Apple Maps will share your location, route, and ETA. However, if you share your ETA with a user who is not an iPhone or someone whose Apple device is running iOS 13 or earlier, a message is sent.

When Apple Maps sends a text or iMessage, it reads:

I've started sharing my ETA on Apple Maps with you: arrive at Pepsi Center at 10:44. I'll get in touch if I'm late.

If you are slowed by traffic or making a detour, Apple Maps sends another message informing you that you are behind schedule and the new estimated time of arrival.

According to my tests, the threshold for triggering another warning is 5 minutes late. In the above example, if my new arrival time was 10:49 am, Apple Maps would send another message with the new time.

Perhaps the biggest change in Apple Maps is a new feature called Look Around. It's similar to Google's Street View, showing you exactly what a place looks like through photos, and allowing you to move around the city streets. The only drawback is that it is currently only available in New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Apple will add more cities in the future.

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Look Around is pretty cool when you live in a city that actually has it.


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How do I use Look Around?

If you do not live in one of the supported cities, that's fine – you can still look around. This is how it works:

  1. Open Apple Maps and zoom in on a city with Look Around. In testing, I chose San Francisco because it's one of my favorite cities.
  2. Zoom in on a specific area or until you see binoculars in the upper right corner of the map. Just below the location icon and the "i" button.
  3. Select binoculars to open Look Around.

A window with a familiar Street View look is opened. Expand the view in full screen by tapping the double arrow icon.

You can swipe in this window to change the direction of the photo, or tap the road to move the block down (just like when you tap on arrows in Street View). As you move around, you can tap on a company name to zoom in on the storefront and view its address, opening hours, phone number, and website – just like finding a business in Maps.

These features complement the already impressive list of additions that Apple made for iOS 13. From a new Reminders app to a new way to delete apps on your iPhone and iPad – there's a lot to learn.

Originally published last week. Updated with new release ETA and advanced information to look around.


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