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The new and updated version of Apple's maps application in Israel reached us only this month, and already the large company from Cupertino continues to work on the following improvements here in Israel.
Starting yesterday (Tuesday) until May 31st, the company's photography vehicle returns to Israel's roads for the purpose of improving and updating the existing map data - and also to add the new locations that have not yet been added.
In addition, for the first time, between January 3 and March 31, a photographed foot scan will be performed using a backpack equipped with a 360-degree camera (in the Jerusalem, Haifa, Tel Aviv and central areas).
Similar to the road photos, with the backpack the data will be collected from closed places such as parks, malls and various stores, which will upgrade the experience of using the "look around" feature.
As a reminder, similar to a feature that already exists and is supported in Google Maps, iPhone users can navigate using augmented reality alongside a display reminiscent of Street View.
"In our vehicles and special backpacks we will find equipment that will help us build the best digital map of Israel. Your privacy is our first priority," said a statement from Apple.
"Other pedestrian zone surveys use iPads, iPhones or other devices for map enhancement purposes. These pedestrian zone surveys allow us to improve and update Apple Maps in areas where vehicles simply cannot pass, using the same privacy protections as In Apple's 'Maps' vehicles".
Apple's photographic vehicle is returning to Israel's roads for the purpose of improving and updating the existing map data (Photo: ShutterStock)
And what about privacy?
Apple emphasizes that faces and license plates will be censored in published photos.
"If you have comments or questions about this process, your privacy rights, or if you are interested in requesting that we censor a face, a license plate, or your private home, contact us," they emphasized in the message.
The times when the photos will be taken can be found here.
Last September, Google's Street View mobile also returned to photograph Israel - after more than 5 years.
Since the service was launched in 2007, it includes more than 220 billion photos from 100 countries and regions around the world.