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  • Apple Improves its Maps Offering by Activating 4 Countries & Expanding Flyover Support


    Earlier this week, Apple recently improved its in-house Maps offering by activating nearby search functionality in the following countries: Australia, Canada, France and Germany, while adding Flyover locations were simultaneously added for Europe, Asia and North America. According to the updated Apple’s Maps Feature Availability webpage, the company’s “Nearby” local search feature has been extended beyond initial offerings in the US and China to Australia, Canada, France and Germany.

    For those of you who didn’t know, Nearby was introduced in Maps for iOS 9 as a proximity-based local search function that surfaces commonly queried points of interest such as restaurants, bars, gas stations and more. Instead of being forced to type in specific terms, users are presented with a list of businesses that are all close-by and attractions, split into categories including Food, Health, Services and Shopping among others.

    Alongside the enhancements to the Nearby feature, Apple added 15 new locations to its constantly expanding 3D Flyover roster including popular tourist destinations such as Europe, Japan and the US. The 15 recently added locations include the following:

    • Basel, Switzerland
    • Bielefeld, Germany
    • Gorge Du Verdon, France
    • Hawaii (Big Island), US
    • Hiroshima, Japan
    • Kyoto, Japan
    • Lassen Volcanic National Park, CA
    • Leon, Spain
    • Nagoya, Japan
    • Okayama, Japan
    • Osaka, Japan
    • Porto, Portugal
    • Prague, Czech Republic
    • Sendai, Japan
    • Tulum, Mexico

    Apple boasts about its Flyover feature, stating that it provides a photorealistic bird’s-eye view of select locations worldwide as part of Maps. This service has been extended to include Flyover city tours for major cities such as London, Paris and New York, though the support for smaller cities has been expanding slowly. Outside of the current feature lineup, Apple is rumored to be working on a street-level mapping solution, similar to that of Google’s Street view feature.

    We’ll have to see how things change going forward and what Apple rolls support out for next by being patient.

    Source: Apple (Maps) via AppleInsider
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Improves its Maps Offering by Activating 4 Countries & Expanding Flyover Support started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 2 Comments
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Flyover is cool and all but Maps still isn't as good as Google Maps.
    1. chinu007's Avatar
      chinu007 -
      Quote Originally Posted by steve-z17 View Post
      Flyover is cool and all but Maps still isn't as good as Google Maps.
      Yup, still a long way to go at least here in India. Apple Maps is simply not as reliable as Google Maps.