Apple Maps’ brilliant Look Around feature (its own version of Street View) is now live for Boston, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C.
The expansion comes less than a month after Apple rolled out major Maps improvements to all users in the United States. It means Look Around now supports a total of nine locations, with more likely to come in 2020.
Look Around, just like Street View, lets you explore some of the greatest places on Earth from the comfort of your couch. It offers stunning, high-resolution imagery that looks terrific on Apple’s Retina displays.
It takes a long time to capture those images and put them all together so that you can walk around them (virtually), of course. That’s why Look Around only supports a handful of locations, but it is slowly expanding its reach.
Look Around live in three new cities
Boston, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. are now explorable using the Look Around feature inside Apple Maps. They join the following six locations that were first added in iOS 13 last fall:
- New York City
- San Francisco Bay Area
- Los Angeles
- Las Vegas
- Oahu, Hawaii
Apple promised in January that more locations would be added to Look Around later, so it is great to see it is already delivering on that. We don’t know exactly how many might be supported by the end of 2020.
It’s also unclear at this point when Look Around might be available outside of the U.S. But we do know Apple has focused on making its latest Maps improvements available in Europe by the end of the year.
How to use Look Around in Apple Maps
To enjoy Look Around, tap the binoculars icon that appears in the top-right corner of Maps when you’re browsing a supported area. You will also find a Look Around button in search results where available.
Once you’re inside the Look Around view, you can navigate simply by tapping on the screen in the direction you wish to travel. You can also swipe to pan around, and double-tap to zoom in on buildings and other places of interest.