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iOS 16: Every Apple Maps Improvement Coming to Your iPhone

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iOS 16: Every Apple Maps Improvement Coming to Your iPhone

This story is part of WWDC 2022, CNET’s complete coverage from and about Apple’s annual developers conference.

iOS 16, the next version of Apple’s mobile operating system includes several improvements for the Maps app coming to your iPhone soon. We’ll take a look at every one. With the new OS, Maps users can check out new features like multistop routing and more transit information. 

Multistop routing lets you plan up to 15 stops in advance, and Maps will store previous routes in the app’s Recent section for easier access. You can also plan multistop routes on your Mac and send them to your iPhone before departing. Siri integration makes it easy to add stops to your route if you’re already on the road. 

If you use public transit, iOS 16 aims to offer more information such as fare. You’ll also be able to add transit cards to your Apple Wallet and reload your transit card balance without leaving the Maps app. 

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Apple is also rolling out its redesigned map features, which the company debuted in 2021, to another 11 countries later this year, including France, Switzerland and New Zealand. The updates include features for cyclists and street-level 360-degree views. 

The redesign also adds a 3D city feature, which offers more detail for roads, landmarks and other locations. During Monday’s keynote presentation, Apple showed off a 3D map of Las Vegas and said it plans to do the same for another six cities, including Miami, Chicago and Sydney.

The Maps app’s city experience encourages developer integration. For example, it will make Bird scooters and bikes easier to find. In addition, Apple is adding high-resolution imagery for apps like Zillow for a more immersive view when you’re browsing homes.

For more, check out the WatchOS 9 features for Apple Watch announced at WWDC. 

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The Google Pixel Watch is incoming
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We’re expecting the Google Pixel Watch to make its full debut on Thursday, October 6 – alongside the Pixel 7 and the Pixel 7 Pro – but in the meantime a major leak has revealed much more about the upcoming smartwatch.

Seasoned tipster @OnLeaks (opens in new tab) has posted the haul, which shows off some of the color options and band styles that we can look forward to next week. We also get a few shots of the watch interface and a picture of it being synced with a smartphone.

Watch faces are included in the leak too, covering a variety of different approaches to displaying the time – both in analog and digital formats. Another image shows the watch being used to take an ECG reading to assess heartbeat rate.

Just got my hands on a bunch of #Google #PixelWatch promo material showing all color options and Watch Bands for the first time. Some details revealed as well…@Slashleaks 👉🏻 https://t.co/HzbWeGGSKP pic.twitter.com/N0uiKaKXo0October 1, 2022

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If the leak is accurate, then we’ve got four silicone straps on the way: black, gray, white, and what seems to be a very pale green. Leather straps look to cover black, orange, green and white, while there’s also a fabric option in red, black and green.

We already know that the Pixel Watch is going to work in tandem with the Fitbit app for logging all your vital statistics, and included in the leaked pictures is an image of the Pixel Watch alongside the Fitbit app running on an Android phone.

There’s plenty of material to look through here if you can’t wait until the big day – and we will of course be bringing you all the news and announcements as the Google event unfolds. It gets underway at 7am PT / 10am ET / 3pm BST / 12am AEDT (October 7).


Analysis: a big moment for Google

It’s been a fair while since Google launched itself into a new hardware category, and you could argue that there’s more riding on the Pixel Watch than there is on the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro – as Google has been making phones for years at this point.

While Wear OS has been around for a considerable amount of time, Google has been leaving it to third-party manufacturers and partners to make the actual hardware. Samsung recently made the switch back to Wear OS for the Galaxy Watch 5 and the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro, for example.

Deciding to go through with its own smartwatch is therefore a big step, and it’s clear that Google is envious of the success of the Apple Watch. It’s the obvious choice for a wearable for anyone who owns an iPhone, and Google will be hoping that Pixel phones and Pixel Watches will have a similar sort of relationship.

What’s intriguing is how Fitbit fits in – the company is now run by Google, but so far we haven’t seen many signs of the Fitbit and the Pixel lines merging, even if the Pixel Watch is going to come with support for the Fitbit app.

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