Apple is angling to catch up to Google when it comes to maps — thanks in part to a fleet of planes and cars it has deployed to snap images of the northeast.
The Apple Maps app — whose wrong directions and spotty information has been the butt of jokes since its launch seven years ago — on Monday rolled out the biggest update yet to its map of New York City and nearby areas, boosting details on buildings, roads, parks and bodies of water.
Users looking at Central Park, for example, can now see individual baseball diamonds and more detailed footpaths. Buildings also are more accurately rendered in 3D using flight technology to better depict elevations.
The upgraded iOS app also offers a “Google Street View” copycat called “Look Around,” which allows users to virtually drive down the city’s streets looking at 360-degree image that was captured by a fleet of cars equipped with cameras.