Apple Maps expands ‘Look Around’ feature to 4 more US cities

(IANS) The ‘Look Around’ feature from Apple Maps has now expanded to Denver in Colorado, Detroit in Michigan, and Miami and Ft. Lauderdale in Florida, in the US, adding another area to the 3D imagery that is similar to Google’s Street View.

At launch, ‘Look Around’ was limited to a handful of cities, but now it is available in 22 cities and regions around the world. Apple maintains a list on its website, but Apple Maps enthusiast Justin O’Beirne also has a more frequently updated list, reports MacRumors.

The feature is available in the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, New York City, Las Vegas, Houston, the Hawaiian island of Oahu, Boston, Philadelphia and the Washington DC area.

In areas where ‘Look Around’ is available, a binoculars icon will appear in the top-right corner of Apple Maps. Tapping that icon opens a street-level view in a card overlay at the top of the screen, which can then be expanded to a full-screen view.

The feature works relatively similar to Google Street View, wherein the view can be changed by swiping the display while tapping part of the road in the distance will move the camera to that point.

Instead of relying on third-party mapping services for its information, Apple has had its fleet of vans hit the road sporting cameras and sensors to develop its own in-house maps.

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