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WWDC 2020: Apple adds cycling directions to Maps for iOS 14

The updated navigation app is coming to Mac side as part of its Big Sur update.

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Cycling directions are coming to iOS 14.

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At its annual Worldwide Developers Conference on Monday, Apple revealed how it's tweaking Maps for iOS 14 and WatchOS 7. It led with cycling directions, which product design director Meg Frost noted was its "most requested" feature.

The dedicated Cycling option helps you find bike paths and takes elevation into account. It'll tell you if the route includes quiet or busy roads, let you know if there's a steep section or if you'll need to carry your bike up some stairs

With iOS 14, it'll also add Guides to show local businesses, restaurants and other amenities. The company also had electric car owners in mind -- EV Routing, which will take charging stations into account when calculating a route, will be added too.

The updated navigation app is also rolling out the UK, Ireland and Canada.

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On the Mac side, as part of its Big Sur update, Apple also revealed a new version of Maps, which adds more detailed maps and favorites (like home, work or your local coffee shops). It also added the ability to create your own guides.

For travelers, the update adds indoor maps for locations like airports and the ability to Look Around your destination city. You can also monitor the progress of friends who shared their ETA with you, Apple noted during the event.

WWDC is being held virtually for the first time due to the coronavirus pandemic.