Apple Continues To Bring Flyover & 3D Buildings To More Cities In Maps

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When Apple launched its new Maps app with iOS 6 last September, one of its headline features, Flyover, only supported a handful of big cities. But the Cupertino company has been hard at work in the background to extend its reach, adding support for additional locations all over the world.

In the past few months, Apple has brought Flyover to an additional 16 cities, plus extended its coverage in 14 of the cities already supported.

The Loop’s Jim Dalrymple has been keeping track of the updates, and he’s compiled a number of lists to show which cities have recently received Flyover support, which have had their Flyover coverage extended, and which now support 3D buildings for turn-by-turn navigation.

The 16 cities that have been added to Flyover recently include:

  • Baltimore, MD
  • Providence, RH
  • Portland, ME
  • Cleveland, OH
  • Green Bay, WI
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • Albany, NY
  • Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Cologne, Germany
  • Glasgow, Scotland
  • Buffalo, NY
  • Vancouver, BC
  • Tulsa, OK
  • Hoover Dam
  • Modesto, CA
  • Stockton, CA

In addition to this, Flyover coverage has been extended in Stockholm, Munich, London, Madrid, Rome, Copenhagen, Barcelona, and more; while support for 3D buildings while using turn-by-turn navigation has been added to an additional 12 cities, including Barcelona, Berlin, Dublin, London, Milan, and Rome.

You can see the complete lists over at The Loop.

In some markets, the updates have been even more significant. Japan, for instance, recently received a Maps update that added features like toll road notifications; updated icon labels for freeways, transit stations, subway lines, and more; and 3D buildings.

In China, users have received a new color scheme, a new character font for improved readability, and an updated road network.

Maps has received a lot of criticism since it launched last September, replacing the ever reliable Google Maps app on the iPhone. But Apple CEO Tim Cook vowed to fix its problems, and it’s clear the company is putting a lot of effort into getting it right.

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  • iMonkey

    I know people harp on about StreetView being more important but from an educational point of view 3D is amazing. You just have to go and explore Rome to get a good Idea on what Apple wants from Apple Maps.

    Using this in a Geography or History Lesson is perfect.

  • ac1dra1n

    I know people harp on about StreetView being more important but from an educational point of view 3D is amazing. You just have to go and explore Rome to get a good Idea on what Apple wants from Apple Maps.

    Using this in a Geography or History Lesson is perfect.

    I personally don’t think that Streetview is better than this. Streetview only shows the area right in front of the building, more steps to see the surrounding area. With this, it’s all there already. Once the data accuracy problems and the directions issues get fixed, this will be better than Streetview

  • WilsonTheCat

    Saint Paul MN also … the neglected sibling in the Twin Cities.

  • joewaylo

    They have yet to bring Flyover to Washington, DC. I’m disappointed the white house is still flat.

  • davester13

    Flyover might be cool, but they really need to put real resources into updating the basic map data, which is terrible compared to MapQuest and GoogleMaps.

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