Apple Maps may have had a rough start with iOS 6, but times have changed and it is now a serious competitor to Google’s own mapping system. Apple has announced that they will begin surveying Canada this summer.
Now, what does surveying mean? Apple will be driving around with their mapping cars over Canada in order to offer a “street view” of popular areas in the US’ northern cousin. Apple already offers many locations in the US where a user can show a “panorama-like” 3D view of the location from a person’s perspective.
While Apple is mapping out Canada, it has a lot of catching up to Google in this regard. Virtually every street in every major city (and a lot of smaller towns too) already has street view available in Google Maps while Apple Maps is just starting to spread outside of the US.
The vehicles will drive across all 10 provinces between May and November, including British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Québec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Prince Edward Island. Some rumours also suggest that the cars have been spotted in Toronto already but that’s unconfirmed. Omitted territories are Yukon, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut which aren’t populated by a lot of people, making the trip not worth it for Apple.