Apple wants to add COVID-19 testing locations to Maps

iPhone owners may soon know where to get tested by just pulling up the app.

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Apple Maps expects to add new information.

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How a COVID-19 testing location will appear on Apple Maps.


Apple is trying to find out where people can get tested for COVID-19 in order to add the locations to its Maps app. The company has created a portal for providers to share their details, which will then be verified by the iPhone maker.

On the page, spotted late last week by 9to5Mac, Apple asks health care providers, labs and other businesses to download a template and enter location information for COVID-19 testing sites. Apple will begin verifying the information submitted, which will then be displayed on Apple Maps. According to the page's FAQ, the company doesn't have an estimate yet on when the locations will show up in the navigation app. 

Along with obtaining location information for COVID-19 testing locations, Apple is also working with Google to develop contact tracing technology that could be used by health authorities. The tech would use mobile phones to notify a person when they are in close contact with someone who is infected.