Published on : Friday, December 15, 2017
Apple Inc. has added the details of airport terminal maps, featuring check-in locations, dining options, and shopping outlets, into its Apple Maps app in iOS 11 as part of a new indoor maps feature.
The feature emerged quietly this summer as part of the iOS 11 beta and 34 airports around the world are being rolled out in the new feature, including airports in the United States, UK, Switzerland, Canada, and Germany.
The update also adds navigation and accessibility information, showing icons for things like elevators and bathrooms.
Instead of using GPS technology, which is spotty in airports, Apple Maps instead passively connects to Wi-Fi hotspots to figure out a location of the user and where they are looking.
The users do not need to be connected to Wi-Fi for this geo-location feature to function, and it also helps to able to figure out what level of the terminal the user is on to prevent confusion.
Apple Maps is the most popular maps app in the iOS ecosystem, and the improve to airport information outstrips the capability of top competitor Google Maps.