Over the last ten years, Apple Maps has made significant progress in its development. However, it has faced a notable limitation regarding offline functionality, unlike its competitors such as Google Maps. Unlike Google Maps, Apple Maps didn’t allow users to download maps for offline use. Thankfully, with the introduction of iOS 17, Apple Maps has successfully addressed this gap in its features.
The ability to download particular map regions and store them on a user’s device now allows for flawless offline routing and navigation. This means that even without an internet connection, you can still access and utilize Apple Maps, greatly enhancing its convenience and versatility.
All About the Apple Maps Offline Feature
So how do Apple Maps work offline? With iOS 17, you can access any previously downloaded map, even in situations where Wi-Fi or cellular signal is unavailable. This feature is particularly beneficial when going on a trip, as you can download your desired route and navigate without relying on cellular data.
The upcoming update for Maps introduces exciting enhancements to improve the offline experience. Now you can download particular regions and experience offline turn-by-turn navigation. You’ll also have access to practical tools like the ability to search for locations within Maps and the expected time of arrival. Additionally, Maps provides access to thousands of paths in an effort to make exploring parks in the US simpler. This tool will make it simpler for you to find and explore these outdoor areas, regardless of whether you’re an avid hiker or a nature enthusiast.
Apple has also said that the Maps app will assist owners of electric vehicles. It offers real-time information on charging stations along the route, assisting electric vehicle users in conveniently planning their journeys and locating charging stations on the way. Offline maps will be available on iPhones with the launch of iOS 17 in September.