Apple Maps is getting a feature that Google Maps has been getting for years

When you’re lost in a no-signal zone on the road, “routing” is the last thing you want Siri to tell you. Luckily, with the iOS 17 update, you’ll soon be able to use your iPhone’s Maps app offline, Apple announced at its WWDC event on Monday. The long-awaited feature has been available on Google Maps for years and will eventually be available to iPhone users later this year.

This isn’t the only update to come with Apple’s latest software. Apple will let you turn your photos into stickers with its Messages app in iOS 17. And changes are coming in its autocorrect feature.

We’ll tell you when Apple Maps is getting the offline feature and how it works. For more announcement at WWDC, MacOS Sonoma was unveiled, along with the new 15-inch MacBook Air and Apple’s new Vision Pro VR headset.
How do offline maps work?
The iPhone is getting offline maps for its Maps app this year. This means you’ll be able to access any map you download, even if you don’t have a Wi-Fi or cellular signal. For example, if you are going on a trip, you can download and access the route without using cellular data. This is helpful if you lack data or if your route leads you through an area where there is no signal, which will cause the Maps app to stop navigating correctly, potentially causing you to stray from the path.

What can you do offline with Apple Maps?
When iOS 17 becomes available later this year, you’ll be able to download specified areas and use turn-by-turn navigation when using maps offline. Also, you will be able to see the estimated time of your arrival and find the location in the map, among other things.
In addition, the map will make it easier to find thousands of trails in parks across the U.S. Apple said that this app will also provide real-time charging availability information to drivers of electric vehicles.

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