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By Dan Moren

The Back Page: Two Hands and a Map

We’re pleased to announce that, as of the end of January 2020, we’ve completed the full rollout of our redesigned Maps in the United States. We think you’ll agree that they’re the best maps ever seen on a technology platform that doesn’t rhyme with Woogle.

This initiative to redesign Maps has spanned many years, and involved hundreds of Apple employees, dozens of satellites, a handful of drones, seven trained pigeons, and almost three hundred self-driving ca-whoops, wrong press release.

Anyway, we think our customers will be delighted with the new maps, which offer new features like indoor maps, flight information, and, of course, roads. All of the roads. Well, the ones we could find. Do you know how hard it is to figure out whether something is a road or a lane? You’d think you could just throw machine learning at it, but noooooo.

Perhaps the most impressive of Maps’s new features is Look Around, which debuted in iOS 13.…

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