For iOS version 12, the MAPS application is being re-built as follows:

Apple is rebuilding Maps from the ground up

After a rough first impression, an apology from the CEO, several years of patching holes with data partnerships and some glimmers of light with long-awaited transit directions and improvements in business, parking and place data, Apple i Maps is still not where it needs to be to be considered a world class service.

Maps needs fixing. Apple, it turns out, is aware of this, so it’s re-building the maps part of Maps.  It’s doing this by using first-party data gathered by iPhones with a privacy-first methodology and its own fleet of cars packed with sensors and cameras. The new product will launch in San Francisco and the Bay Area with the next iOS 12 Beta and will cover Northern California by fall.

Every version of iOS will get the updated maps eventually and they will be more responsive to changes in roadways and construction, more visually rich depending on the specific context they’re viewed in and feature more detailed ground cover, foliage, pools, pedestrian pathways and more.