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Apple Maps Enhancements in iOS 16

Apple Maps is finally getting some significant enhancements. Improved trip planning, public transit, walking directions, accessibility features, and place details. The most significant change is multi-stop routing. 

This guide highlights all the new features in Maps for iOS 16. If you’ve been using a third-party app for navigation, it may be time to look at the Maps app.

How to Add Multiple Stops on Your Route

If you’re new to Maps, I’ll walk you through the process from the beginning. Make sure your iPhone is updated to iOS 16

  • Launch Maps
  • Search for your destination
  • Tap on the destination

  • Select the Car icon to see the driving directions
  • Tap Add Stop
  • Search for your Stop destination
  • Tap on the destination to add it to your route

You can add more stops by following the directions above.

Use the hamburger icon ( the three horizontal lines) to drag the locations and rearrange the stops. You can even change the starting location if you choose.

When you’re ready to begin your journey, tap GO.

Maps Interface Updates

Getting directions has been streamlined to accommodate the multi-stop routing function. It’s now simpler to change between driving, walking, cycling, transit, and ride share.

There are also drop-down menus for travel mode, the time you want to leave, and options to avoid tolls or highways. 

Your recent routes will be up in the Recent section for quicker access.

Transit Cards in Maps

Transit cards added to the Wallet app are now integrated with Maps. As a result, you can check your balance and add more funds without swiping out of the Maps app.

  • Tap + Sign
  • Select Transit Card
  • Choose the card to add

Transit Fares

When planning or viewing a transit route, you can see the transit fares in select cities.

Photo Use Permissions

The Maps app has a toggle allowing companies to use photos you upload using the built-in Maps rating feature. This is relevant to companies that provide images to Maps, including location but not identity. To toggle this, switch off or on.

  • Open the Settings app
  • Tap on Maps
  • Scroll to the bottom
  • Look for Photo Use

Detailed City Views

Apple continues to add cities with more detailed views. Last year San Francisco, New York, and London were available with iOS 15. By the end of this year, the following will be added.

  • Atlanta
  • Chicago
  • Las Vegas
  • Los Angeles
  • Melbourne
  • Miami
  • Philadelphia
  • San Diego
  • Seattle
  • Sydney
  • Toronto
  • Vancouver
  • Washington DC

Add Stops Using Siri

If you’re already on the road and want to insert a stop, use the Siri voice commands.

How To Get Walking Directions Using Siri

Siri can be instrumental in helping us get to where we need to be. Here’s how to get walking directions.

  • Hold the Home or Side button on your iPhone or say, “Hey, Siri.”
  • Say, “Get walking directions to (location)

Siri will launch the Maps app with the walking directions to your destination.

Tap on the green GO button to begin your turn-by-turn directions.


These may not be the revolutionary changes you were looking for. But these additions should make your navigation and trip planning much easier with iOS 16.

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