We usually use web mapping platforms like Apple Maps and Google Maps on our computers when we want to navigate. While Google Maps is already known for going far ahead of the competition, Apple Maps has some unique features as well.

To keep up with its rival, Apple has greatly improved the usability of its Maps app through a series of updates over the years. Here, we will look at seven features of Apple Maps on Mac that you will find helpful while using the app. let’s get started.

1. Map Mode (Explore, Driving, Transit and Satellite)

By default, Apple Maps uses Driving Mode, which is basically a 2D vector graphic creation of a satellite image map. You can change this by clicking the Map Mode menu in the top-right corner of the app window.

However, since the app is still being improved, you may not be able to see transit routes for all cities (especially smaller or less popular ones).

3D Mode

Right next to the Map Mode menu is the 3D Mode button which makes for a more immersive experience. You can explore real cities as if they were from a video game.

2. Longitude and Latitude

With Apple Maps, you can either view a location based on a given longitude and latitude, or get the coordinates of a point—whatever it should be. This way.

Searching

If you have the coordinates, paste them into the search bar (or open it by pressing Command+F) and press Return. The exact location (depending on the accuracy of the coordinates) will then open.

This feature is useful when someone gives you a set of coordinates to reach a particular place—such as a specific point in a public park.

to achieve

There may be situations where you want to share the coordinates of a specific point. To do this, right-click on the point whose coordinates you want and click Drop Pin.

You can’t copy coordinates directly, but you can drag and drop them into text editors (search bars, documents, text boxes, etc.).

3. Meteorological Information

Meteorological data for a place, such as weather and air quality, is another valuable information you can get from Apple Maps on Mac. To enable it, go to Maps from the menu bar and then click on Preferences from the dropdown.

Here, you will find that Show Weather Conditions is enabled by default, but Show Air Quality Index (AQI) is not. Check the box and close Preferences. A small box will appear in the lower-left corner of your map, showing AQI and weather. And as you move around the map, the values ​​will change depending on the area.

This feature can be beneficial when planning tours or holidays. You can decide which cities (and what areas of the city) you want to live in and spend the most of your time there.

4. Explore with a Look Around

Look Around is similar to Street View in Google Maps and Earth. It allows you to move around the streets and roads and have a nearly 360° view to enjoy them in real life. This feature is not yet available for all cities and countries, as a car equipped with LiDAR sensors and cameras has to move around different areas to capture photos properly.

Click on the binoculars icon (or enter the Look Around button) on the top-right corner to start this mode.

Here, you can drag the map and place the icon where you want to look around. And click the Expand button in the top-right corner of the preview window to enjoy Look Around mode in full-screen.

5. Multitasking with Multiple Tabs and Windows

Multitasking is another key aspect of Apple Maps. You can open multiple tabs at once or go with multiple windows and work side by side on them to compare different locations in real-time.

Opening a new tab is simple, and just like in a browser, press Command+T, and you’ll be good to go. Again, the process is the same as in the browser for new windows: Press Command+N.

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