According to Apple executive Eddy Cue, “We set out to create the best and most private maps app on the planet that is reflective of how people explore the world today. It is an effort we are deeply invested in and required that we rebuild the map from the ground up to reimagine how Maps enhances people’s lives — from navigating to work or school or planning an important vacation — all with privacy at its core.”
Cue adds that following the rollout to the US, they will be moving onto Europe next. “The completion of the new map in the United States and delivering new features like Look Around and Collections are important steps in bringing that vision to life. We look forward to bringing this new map to the rest of the world starting with Europe later this year.”
For those unfamiliar, some of the new features of Apple Maps include Look Around, which has been likened to Google’s Street View. At the moment the feature is still somewhat limited to a handful of cities, but we imagine that over time, it should be available to more.