TechCrunch reports that Apple will be rebuilding Apple Maps completely.
Apple Maps has never been a favorite application for users. Google Maps, maps.me and other services have more detailed routes and more options. Now, starting in iOS 12, Apple will be completely rebuilding its Maps application, focussing on building the 'best map app in the world'.
Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services, was interviewed:
We wanted to take this to the next level. We have been working 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.
Left is the current Apple Maps, and on the right is the future, more detailed Apple Maps
“We don’t think there’s anybody doing this level of work that we’re doing. We haven’t announced this. We haven’t told anybody about this. It’s one of those things that we’ve been able to keep pretty much a secret. Nobody really knows about it. We’re excited to get it out there. Over the next year, we’ll be rolling it out, section by section in the US.”