Back in January 2020 Apple launched redesigned and revamped Apple Maps in the US and now new-look maps are starting to appear on iPhones in the UK.
Justino Beirne, who blogs about various maps apps, discovered that Apple had began publicly testing the new maps on 22 August. He is running a poll on his blog that indicates that as of 25 August the new Maps were available on about 8% of UK iPhones.
Berine suggests that it's likely that the new Maps will go live for all between mid September and early October.
The new maps feature better road coverage and detailed land cover as well as additional pedestrian data and more precise addresses. According to our colleges at Macworld US, the improvements "made a huge difference in the precision, accuracy, and reliability of Maps". They also suggest that "the new design certainly goes a long way toward closing the sizable gap between it and Google Maps." (Image below from Beirne's website).
As a user the improvements you are most likely to notice are the more interactive street-level imagery including high-resolution, 3D photography. Apple has been using its LiDAR sensor-equipped vehicles to obtain the data.
When Apple updated the US maps in January it said would begin rolling it out across Europe by the end of the year.
Read about how Apple Maps compares to Google Maps in our comparison: Apple Maps vs Google Maps.