Apple this week expanded the dataset of its Mobility Trends Reports tool to include hundreds of new cities and sub-regions, allowing researchers to better study the effects of COVID-19 on personal and public transportation.
Apple has begun publishing interactive Mobility Trends Reports derived from anonymized Apple Maps data requests in an effort to demonstrate how people worldwide are changing their travel habits and staying indoors during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Apple will be making it easier to travel to testing sites for COVID-19 in Apple Maps, with the opening of a dedicated Apple Business Register page for healthcare providers and related organizations to add testing locations to the navigation app.
Apple has altered how Apple Maps shows nearby searches during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, with the app now focusing on providing quicker access to food deliveries, pharmacies, and grocery locations close to the user.
Apple has rolled out its "Look Around" feature of Apple Maps into three more cities in the United States, giving users the ability to see Boston, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. at street level on their iPhone or iPad.
Apple Maps may be able to provide its users with more accurate information about their location in the future, by using artificial intelligence to adjust GPS data when incorrect information or mistakes are detected in sensor readings.