Though it wasn’t in our readers’ top 10, Apple named Localscope the best navigation app of 2011. Yeah, well they ain’t seen nuthin’ — its new update adds a whole new exploratory facet to the app that’s arguably cooler than the app’s original focus.
Open the app up, and a new “Discover” button leads to recent geotagged events for all the major social media platforms, and then some: Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, YouTube, Flickr, Instagram, even Panoramio (how weird is this: I just walked up to a neighbor at the Starbucks I’m currently stationed in and showed him the Instagram photo he just posted).
And it’s the attention to detail — and, well, just beauty — of the new feature that’s so impressive. Each instance comes with a tiny thumbnail, distance to the event and a little compass pointer that displays relative bearing to the event from your current location. Well worth the $2.