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  • Germany, France, Japan, and More Get Apple's Flyover Coverage

    Apple has been adding its 3D Flyover feature to many different cities around the world in the last year and the Cupertino-based company added more in multiple cities including Italy, France, and Germany just recently. Prior to Apple’s iOS 9 release earlier this month, the company released Flyover support to 20 new areas. After the new iOS, Apple added top-down 3D views for multiple destinations and cities.

    Flyover support was recently added to the following countries according to Apple’s official iOS 9 Feature Availability webpage:

    • Angers, France
    • Carcassonne, France
    • Florence, Italy
    • Genoa, Italy
    • Gold Coast, Australia
    • Lugo, Spain
    • Mannheim, Germany
    • Mexicali, Mexico
    • Murcia, Spain
    • Nagasaki, Japan
    • Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany
    • Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
    • Parma, Italy
    • Pavia, Italy
    • Sanremo, Italy
    • Shizuoka, Japan
    • St. Louis, Missouri
    • Stuttgart, Germany
    • Tijuana, Mexico

    For those of you didn’t know, Apple positions 3D Flyover as a major function of Apple Maps, one that helps the feature differentiate itself from competitors such as Google Maps. To help with its 3D functionality, Apple places high-res imagery on top of 3D models of structures, landmarks and other notable features in an area. Apple Maps also provides guided Flyover city tours for major metropolitan cities and touristy-locations such as London, Paris and New York.

    In an effort to compete in the market, Apple introduced native transit directions with iOS 9, which was a highly sought out feature for many existing users. Although availability for this particular feature appears to be limited to a few cities at launch, the support for buses, subways, trains and other modes of public transportation should roll out to a wider audience in the near future. The Cupertino California company also appears to be gathering street-level imaging and positioning data with mapping vans, which suggests that the company is looking to compete with Google’s Street View.

    We’ll have to see when new locations are added and what features are made available next by being patient.

    Source: Apple (iOS 9) via AppleInsider
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Germany, France, Japan, and More Get Apple's Flyover Coverage started by Akshay Masand View original post