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Here are all the big changes to Apple Maps in 2017 and 2018

By Roger Fingas

In a bid to beat Google, Apple is continually updating Apple Maps, bringing in new features and expanding coverage. Here's what the company's been adding over the last year. Updated on Sept. 20 with the addition of transit directions across New Zealand.

Sept. 20, 2018

Public transit directions are now available across most urban areas in New Zealand, including local options, as well as InterCity buses and Great Journeys ferries and trains.

Sept. 10, 2018

Users in Alaska, Idaho and Wyoming now have access to public transit directions within Apple Maps. Support is limited largely to bus routes in larger metropolitan areas like Anchorage in Alaska and Cheyenne in Wyoming, though an expansion to other areas within the respective states are expected.

Sept. 6, 2018

Source: Ata Distance

Apple flipped the switch on indoor maps in Japan, bringing the anticipated feature to international airports Narita Airport in Chiba and Chubu Centrair Airport in Nagoya, reports Ata Distance. The rollout is similar to past indoor maps launches in the U.S., where significant regional transportation venues like airports, train stations and subways saw early support.

Aug. 23, 2018

Indoor maps now cover Finland's Helsinki Airport, Canada's Halifax Stanfield International Airport, and three U.S. airfields, namely Logan International in Boston, Dallas-Fort Worth International, and Dallas Love Field. Mall maps have been expanded to select Miami and Phoenix locations, and the Spanish cities of Barcelona, Bilbao, and Madrid.

Aug. 15, 2018

Canadian users have gained indoor maps for some 18 shopping malls in cities like Calgary, Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, and Vancouver. All but one are Cadillac Fairview (CF) properties, the exception being Mississauga's Square One.

Transit directions are now available in areas of Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine and Michigan.

Aug. 2, 2018

Transit directions are now availabile in the country of Luxembourg, as well as more cities in Oregon, Texas, Washington, and Pennsylvania. In Canada Apple has finally added support for VIA Rail, the country's most ubiquitous rail company with a presence spanning eight provinces.

June 25, 2018

In a rarer international push with Apple's public transit data, directions are now available in the Italian capital, Rome, as well as the northern European country of Estonia.

June 20, 2018

Buffalo joined other parts of New York state in transit support.

June 14, 2018

Transit directions are now available in upstate New York, including areas like Albany.

June 6, 2018

Developers can now embed Apple Maps within websites via the MapKit JS beta.

Apr. 2018

Updates this month included statewide public transit for Arkansas, Ohio, Maryland, West Virginia, and Tennessee, as well as lane guidance in Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Poland, and the Czech Republic. New indoor airport maps covered Edinburgh (EDI), Sydney International (SYD), and Hamad International (DOH) in Doha, Qatar.

March 27, 2018

New transit data covered metropolitan areas in Missouri and Virginia.

March 21, 2018

Transit expanded again, this time to Albuquerque, N.M.

March 19, 2018

Transit support was activated across West Virginia.

March 14, 2018

Transit data was added for Orlando, Fla., and some portions of Arkansas.

March 12, 2018

Locations for bike-sharing services were added for 175 cities in 36 countries, such as Barcelona, Montreal, and New York City.

Feb. 28, 2018

Lane guidance in Austria, South Africa, and Switzerland.

Feb. 27, 2018

Transit directions for urban areas in South Carolina

Feb. 12, 2018

Public transit directions were added for Tuscon, Ariz.

Jan. 29, 2018

The latest transit expansions: Milwaukee, Wis., and Omaha, Neb.

Dec. 13, 2017

Apple confirmed that 43 locations were offering indoor maps, among them 34 airports and several malls in cities like Boston, Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco.

Dec. 5, 2017

Transit directions became available in Tampa, Fla.

Nov. 30, 2017

Berlin's Tegel.

New indoor airport maps included Berlin's Tegel and Schoenefeld, London's Heathrow and Gatwick, Amsterdam's Schiphol, and Geneva in Switzerland.

Oct. 30, 2017

Public transit directions were added for Phoenix, Ariz.

Oct. 18, 2017

Apple added indoor maps for several U.S. airports: O'Hare International and Midway International in Chicago, Miami International, Oakland International, Las Vegas's McCarran International, and Minneapolis-Saint Paul International.

Oct. 17, 2017

Transit was a go for Birmingham, Ala.

Oct. 16, 2017

Ireland picked up transit support as well.

Oct. 12, 2017

Transit directions arrived in the country of Taiwan.

Aug. 7, 2017

Australian coverage improved with large sections of the states of Queensland and Western Australia.

July 10, 2017

The state of Nevada got expanded transit support, covering cities like Las Vegas and Reno.

June 27, 2017

Transit directions were turned on for Madrid, Spain.

May 22, 2017

Apple enhanced its transit data for the Netherlands with more details for stations and tracks, though not live train and bus data.

May 15, 2017

Transit options were expanded to Adelaide, Australia.

May 9, 2017

Transit directions came to the city-state of Singapore in preparation for the region's first Apple store.

Apr. 24, 2017

Paris picked up general public transit directions. Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, meanwhile, saw their first access to live traffic data.

Apr. 19, 2017

Apple began showing public bike rental stations in London, Paris, and New York, as well as EV charging stations in the U.K., the latter by way of data from Moovility.

Feb. 13, 2017

Transit was enabled for Detroit in the U.S. and its connected Canadian city, Windsor.

Feb. 6, 2017

Transit directions were added for New Orleans in time for Mardi Gras festivities.

Jan. 30, 2017

Apple added public transit directions in Houston, Tex. ahead of Super Bowl LI.

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