Apple is taking your maps very seriously, its evolution is constant and new developments arrive every year. With iOS 13 and iPadOS Apple has greatly improved the detail of its maps in the US and the jump to Europe will not wait, also remember that recently it has extended the public transport function through a huge number of Spanish and European cities.
Apple has long had workers who walk the streets on foot a backpack full of sensors collecting images, probably for the Look Around function. And now, as he tells us Cult of Mac, Apple has improved this backpack including three iPhone 11 Pro to capture images.
The iPhone 11 Pro now helps improve Apple Maps
Cult of Mac has been able to see one of Apple employees using this new updated backpack in Silicon Valley. The portable equipment, presumably used to collect images and data for Apple Maps, is similar to others that have been photographed but seems more modern. Now it has a new rigid cover and at least three iPhone 11 Pro located on the sides and used to capture images.
In addition to the three iPhone 11 Pro that will be capturing images or video, at the top of the device we have three LiDAR sensors that recognize the distances around. It seems clear that These workers are collecting data for Apple's response to Google’s Street View feature which is already available in some cities.
"Clients from anywhere in the world can navigate New York City, the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Houston and Oahu, with many more places to come."
we hope that Apple contine its improvements in Apple Maps, have already become a serious alternative and functions like Look Around are better designed than Street View, however there are still many cities to be mapped. No one said it was going to be easy.