Apple Maps expands bike sharing information to more users
In other words, the Cupertino-based iPhone maker not only wants to fine-tune the navigation capabilities of Apple Maps, but other features as well. This is why, for example, Look Around is receiving a lot of love today, and for some regions, such as the United States, all these efforts are clearly paying off.
At the same time, Apple is also tweaking support for bike sharing services in Apple Maps.
And this week, users around the world started to notice new features, which means the iPhone maker is now expanding some capabilities to more regions.
Users in Frankfurt, Munich, Berlin, Hamburg and parts of Switzerland now see not only the bike sharing platforms, but also the available docking stations as well as the number of bikes.
So for now, if you live in any of these locations, just open Apple Maps, search for a nearby docking station and you should see a new availability section that shows the number of bikes, e-bikes, and of docks. The information is updated in real time, and with a simple tap, you should be able to launch the dedicated app that lets you reserve a bike in a second.
Apple has not publicly announced the new expansion, so it is possible that other regions will benefit from these capabilities as well.
In the meantime, it’s pretty clear that Apple is relying more and more on its mapping service. Apple Maps has evolved a lot lately, and the 3D navigation now available in iOS 15 for users in the US is living proof that the company is playing the right card here.
Of course, the biggest problem is pretty much the same as before. All of these massive improvements take a long time to reach users around the world, so unless Apple finds a way to accelerate their deployment, Apple Maps still cannot be considered a complete replacement for Google Maps.