That being said, if you’re not a Google Maps user and prefer using Apple Maps, the good news is that it looks like Apple could be introducing a similar feature in the upcoming iOS 14.5 update. This is according to a report from MacRumors who discovered an updated section in the Location Services menu in the Privacy settings which details what kind of information Apple collects from users.
One part of the section reads, “Additionally, when you open an app near a point of interest (for example, a business or park), your iPhone will send location data in an anonymous and encrypted form to Apple, which Apple may aggregate and use to let users know if that point of interest is open and how busy it is.”
This sounds a lot like the Google Maps feature that can tell users in real-time and based on historical data how busy a place is at different times of the day. We’re not sure how this would look like in Apple Maps so we’ll have to wait for iOS 14.5 to be released to get a better idea.