Apple Maps Finally Catches Up to Google Maps in iOS 17
The upcoming release of iOS 17 is set to bring significant changes to the lock screen experience on iPhones, particularly in relation to Apple Maps, according to renowned Apple tipster @analyst941. Currently, when using Apple Maps for directions, the entire lock screen is occupied by the navigation interface. However, iOS 17 will introduce a new feature called ‘Live Activity’ that limits the directions to the bottom two-thirds of the screen. The upper third will display the time and date, along with convenient access to the torch and camera buttons. Additionally, users will be able to view notifications by swiping up from the bottom of the lock screen.
This overhaul of the Apple Maps lock screen experience is a welcome change, as rival navigation app Google Maps has offered a more immersive and user-friendly experience. Google Maps’ features such as Immersive View and Search with Live View have made it the preferred choice for many iPhone users.