New Apple data reveals just how little Americans are moving right now

Apr 15 2020, 1:27 pm

While spring is usually a time when people rush outdoors and life gets even more hustly and bustly, this year looks different.

Now, new data released by Apple is showing us just how different.

The times have changed, and current realities call for much less movement in cities and small towns, all across the country. The best thing individuals can do to support their communities — and themselves — during this time, is to stay home.

Offering some visual insight into movement, or lack thereof, during the pandemic, Apple’s Mobility Trend Reports are published online daily.

The data shows the baseline movements that dwellers of a specific region — be that country, or city — make each day, and graph them to show how those routines have changed in the last month.

According to the information provided by Apple, movement in the United States has seen a 45% drop in driving, a 56% drop in walking, and a massive 76% fall in public transit activity.

Apple Inc. / Mobility Tracking Data

Major hot spots like New York City have seen an even larger drop in mobility.

The Big Apple has seen a 64% fall in driving activity, 81% decrease in walking, and 87% less transit use.

Apple Inc. / Mobility Tracking Data

The concept, while freaky, isn’t brand new. Google Maps launched its own Community Mobility Reports earlier this month, intended to outline the same details.

Apple’s page explains that reports are published daily, reflecting requests for directions made via Apple Maps.

Maps does not associate the data with any particular Apple ID, and, the webpage says, “Apple doesn’t keep a history of where you’ve been.”