Apple Maps Gains Flyover and 3D Buildings in Many New Cities

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple has updated its iOS Maps application with Flyover support or expanded Flyover coverage in a number of cities around the world, and updated 3D buildings and turn-by-turn navigation for a number more, reports The Loop. Apple recently pushed significant updates for Maps users in Japan.
    The Loop has the full list of cities seeing improvements, noting that Apple CEO Tim Cook said the company has been working hard on fixing the issues with Apple Maps.

    Article Link: Apple Maps Gains Flyover and 3D Buildings in Many New Cities
  2. macrumors 68020


    Sep 22, 2009
    As much as some people hate Apple Maps, I'm glad to see some updates rolling in.
  3. macrumors 6502a


    May 2, 2010
    London, UK
  4. macrumors 68030

    Mar 30, 2004
    Aside from some inaccuracy, I think main issue is lack of POI data (as well as aliases for key POI names and types). While I love Apple Maps as navigation tool (I have since ditched NAVIGON USA) it is fairly weak for POI search.
  5. macrumors member

    Dec 13, 2012
    >somehow mistook MacRumors for 4chan
    >did not die in a fire
  6. macrumors 6502

    Jul 20, 2011
    Not sure how Flyover technology is implemented, but I wonder if the lack of support for Washington, DC has to do with air space restrictions? I want to fly-over my house!
  7. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 12, 2010
    Flyover is pointless unless your Spider-Man. Bring back street view.
  8. macrumors 68030


    Nov 23, 2011
    >tries to greentext on MR
    doesn't use green text
  9. macrumors newbie

    Apr 19, 2010
    To be honest, who cares about flyover when the information in Apple maps is so woefully incorrect.

    In the UK POI data is out of date by 10 years (our price records is listed in Leicester still!) and the address information is poor. We have a road nearby that is listed as being in a town 100 miles away!

    Many people have spent a long time reporting these errors to Apple and it seems rather than fixing basic data errors they have spent their time on creating fly over cities which, lets be honest, are a poor alternative to street view.
  10. macrumors newbie

    Jul 14, 2005
    After the Dvorak article I gave Apple Maps another shot. The previous poster has the same assessment as I do, for navigation it's as good as Google Maps or Waze. Just don't expect it to know where the nearest Starbucks can be found.
  11. macrumors 68030


    Nov 23, 2011
    I guarantee in 5 years' time, Apple Maps will be the choice of the majority.

    Although I'm probably wrong. Just wanted to say something ridiculous to have the merit of "I called it first!" :D
  12. macrumors newbie

    Jul 14, 2005
    You're correct. A map problem with a simple spelling error that I reported in October hasn't been fixed. I've submitted many updates to Google Maps also. Usually within a few days I get a "You were right!" email from Google.
  13. macrumors regular

    Sep 28, 2011
    Just be nice if they could put my house in the right place. Have told them quite a few times.
  14. macrumors 65816


    Oct 3, 2010
    North of England
    I love Maps when it comes to navigation. I think the UI of the turn-by-turn is second to none, and it always takes me to the right place if I drop the pin manually.

    However, there are hardly any POIs in my local area... since I live in the centre of Manchester, this is pretty bad!
  15. macrumors 6502a


    Aug 9, 2006
    New Orleans ✈ WesŦward
    It gives apple maps a nice distinguishing touch. But I agree.

    Apple Maps has a LOOOOONNNNG way to go before catching up with google maps... if it actually does catch up at all.
  16. macrumors 65816

    Mar 27, 2011
    They're probably completely overwhelmed with the volume of corrections being sent over the past few months. It's bound to take a while to integrate them all.

    Also, for those complaining that they're working on 3D flyovers but not fixing basic errors -- the programmers doing 3D renders are obviously not the same programmers who are fixing map data.
  17. macrumors 6502

    Jul 20, 2011
    You my be right. In 5 years time, Apple Maps will be the choice of the majoirty...if you have an Apple Device

    I wonder if Apple will make a web version, since Google has a maps website, and a maps app
  18. macrumors 65816


    Sep 22, 2012
    Boston, MA
    Anyone else think the pulsating blue circle around your location changed a little. It might just be in my head.
  19. macrumors 65816

    Jan 3, 2011
    Maybe in Leicester this may be the case. However in Glasgow and the surrounding towns I have tested, it's perfect and really accurate. Am impressed by Apple Maps and Flyover.
  20. macrumors 68030

    Oct 31, 2007
    London, UK
    It most certainly is not.
  21. macrumors 68000

    Mar 5, 2012
    Central California
  22. macrumors newbie

    Oct 8, 2004
    Flyover is a gee-whiz ******** technology that I've only ever used to show people how cool it looks... And then THAT'S IT! I've never used it for any other purpose. Apple should stop wasting time and resources on features that are nothing more than fancy window dressing.
  23. macrumors G5


    Nov 14, 2011
    Scott Forstall would beg to differ. :D
  24. macrumors 6502

    Dec 7, 2010
    New Zealand
    Apple mapping is hopeless in New Zealand. Siri will not work on mapping and does not have street view. Siri is hopeless in most things.

    I wish I could change form Apple mapping to goggle mapping for find my friends.

    I don't need fly over just a map that is correct and I don't give a toss about China. If we didn't have China the western world would still be a rich place to live.:eek:
  25. macrumors G5


    Nov 14, 2011
    Guess I need to inform Apple that the Minnesota Twins no longer play at the Metrodome. :rolleyes:


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