Apple Maps improvements beginning to make their way outside the US?
A few months ago Apple [announced](https://techcrunch.com/2018/06/29/apple-is-rebuilding-maps-from-the-ground-up/) that it’s rebuilding Maps from the ground up, using all sorts of new data gathering techniques to allow for everything from better base map tiling to improved road accuracy to better 3D data to faster turnaround times for corrections.
One of the many improvements this new mapping system would include is better 3D structures. Instead drawing buildings just as a footprint that is extended into 3D space, Apple Maps would have the ability to reproduce the actual shapes of building, via better satellite imagery, combined with machine learning, along with Apple’s fleet of vans that gather 3D data around them (sort of like a next generation Street View, using LIDAR and other technologies).
So far, all the improvements have been limited to California. Apple started with the San Francisco Bay Area in June, and expended to most of northern California in the following months. Aside from that, I hadn’t heard about any improvements coming anywhere else (besides the usual slow, incremental data improvements we’ve seen around the world since Apple Maps launched in 2012).
Well, for the first time, I noticed one of the new improvements outside of California. I noticed a new 3D building here in Toronto, Canada. Take a look at the [Eaton Centre](https://imgur.com/a/ByKC7dK/). You can clearly see that it’s rendered entirely differently from everything around it. It’s far more detailed and it’s even visible when you zoom pretty far out (see the second screenshot).
It’s just one building so far, but usually when you see one item like that, it indicates that Apple is on the verge of a broader rollout over the next few months. So if I had to read the tea leaves, I’d say Toronto is about to get in on the action with the new Apple Maps backend data, and who knows what other cities will join us.