Apple Maps Gains New Flyover Locations, Traffic Info Now Available in Hong Kong and Mexico

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple today made several updates to its Maps app around the world, adding new Flyover locations, expanding Maps Traffic info, and bringing the Nearby feature in Maps to additional countries.

    New Flyover locations available today include Aomori, Japan; Bruges, Belgium; Lake Powell, Utah; and Limoges, France. Some of the locations listed may have previously been available as Flyover destinations, but were just added to Apple's list of Flyover locations.

    For those unfamiliar with the Flyover feature in Apple Maps, it lets users see photo-realistic 3D videos of select locations, with tools for zooming, panning, and rotating to get a closer look at notable landmarks and points of interest.


    Along with new Flyover locations, Apple's website has been updated to note that traffic information is now available in the Maps app in Hong Kong and Mexico, bringing the total number of countries with traffic data available to 29.

    Nearby, a feature introduced with iOS 9, has also been expanded to the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. Nearby brings up local points of interest in the Maps app, allowing users to quickly locate restaurants, gas stations, coffee shops, and more.

    Finally, Los Angeles is now listed as an official location with transit directions available, joining Baltimore, Maryland; Berlin, Germany; Boston, Massachusetts; Chicago, Illinois; London, England; Mexico City, Mexico; New York City, New York; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; San Francisco, California; Sydney, Australia; Toronto, Canada; Washington, DC; and China.

    Transit information first became available in Los Angeles in December of 2015.

    Article Link: Apple Maps Gains New Flyover Locations, Traffic Info Now Available in Hong Kong and Mexico
  2. jrlcopy macrumors 6502


    Jun 20, 2007
    Yay more flyovers, now if only Maps actually allowed you to actually find what you were searching for I'd try it out again. Stop making it pretty and fix the overall tech please.
  3. Planey28 macrumors 6502

    Jul 10, 2010
    Greater Birmingham, UK
    Transit is slow to roll out... I'd have thought at least Birmingham and Manchester would have it over here by now.
  4. HarryPot macrumors 6502a

    Sep 5, 2009
    No matter how much I want to like Apple Maps, this is an area where Google is much much better.

    Flyover is completely useless against Street View, the later is so convenient when trying to know exactly where the place you are going is, and how it looks from the outside.
  5. SamGabbay macrumors 6502a


    Oct 15, 2011
    There was actually traffic information in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. Thought that was pretty cool.
  6. BornAgainMac macrumors 603


    Feb 4, 2004
    Florida Resident
    I switched to Apple Maps 100%. Stopped using Flyover. It was cool for maybe 5 minutes.
  7. KTMjapan macrumors newbie

    Jul 30, 2011
    Transit directions for ALL of China ?
  8. misterpip macrumors member

    Aug 10, 2011
    I think street view well be a main feature of iOS 10 later this year.
  9. Fzang macrumors 65816


    Jun 15, 2013
    We've had driving directions since 20 years ago. Flyover is more useful for birds and drones and iPhone users.

    Meanwhile, Google Maps has given us bike routes, public transport and street view.
  10. princigalli macrumors 6502

    May 27, 2007
    Rome, Paris, Berlin
    Apple maps adds a large blue circle in semi transparency over my location, therefore the whole program is practically unusable. I am just amazed at the fact that nobody working o the maps application noticed the problem.
  11. Keane16 macrumors 6502a


    Dec 8, 2007
    One doesn't rely on the other. They have been improving other aspects too.

    I disagree. I like and use both Street View and Flyover. But use them for different things.

    When I'm in a new City, Flyover is great for getting a quick and dirty look around - more detailed than a flat map but way faster to navigate than Street View. It was great when I visited Rome 2 years ago - lots of winding alleys that look similar, Flyover helped a lot. Street View in this situation would be slow and annoying.

    Street View is great when I have more time and want more detail. Pretty rare that I actually need it day to day but when I do it's really useful. When I bought my house I used it to check the surrounding streets.

    I'm glad on iOS I have both.
  12. djcerla macrumors 65816


    Apr 23, 2015
    Street View will come to Apple Maps, obviously. Apple has the money and the will to deploy a larger scale effort than Google's.

    When available, Flyover is like magic. I spend hours on it with my daughter.

    Integrate the two technoligies and you'll get the next gen maps.
  13. Jsameds macrumors 68040

    Apr 22, 2008
    Just wait until Apple's version of street view hits on iOS 10.

    Seamless integration with Flyover, and three-dimensional free movement throughout a city, at street level and above, not restricted to teleporting between bubbles as per Google's Streetview.

    There is a reason these cars have been spotted everywhere over the last year or so.

  14. appledefenceforce macrumors 6502


    Oct 5, 2015
    China doesn't have just one city named China.
  15. rdlink macrumors 68040


    Nov 10, 2007
    Out of the Reach of the FBI
    I'm also hoping that this means Apple will be replacing most of the third party data with their own.
  16. Big Alsie macrumors member

    Apr 18, 2009
    You gotta check out the new flyover cities. Bakersfield, CA is by far the best flyover I have seen!!!
  17. Knar macrumors newbie


    Jan 23, 2016
    Bruges is not working. A while ago, Utrecht was added to the same list. Does anybody know why it's still not working. Can't get Antwerp either. Nor Munster.
    All these cities are listed.
  18. mw360 macrumors 65816


    Aug 15, 2010
    All of them work fine for me. Were you in low power mode?
  19. Knar, Jan 24, 2016
    Last edited: Jan 24, 2016

    Knar macrumors newbie


    Jan 23, 2016
    Ok good to know. I have tried a couple of times over the last weeks, both on iOS and OS X latest versions. It's always the same (listed) cities that don't work and others that do. I don't know of any other way to invoke the flyover than to just type the city in the search box and it pops up at the bottom (or not in this case).
    I tried 4 iPads, 2 iPhones an iMac and an MBP. See screenshots

    Attached Files:

  20. dilbert99 macrumors 65816

    Jul 23, 2012
    exactly, I tried out waze the other day an it was miles ahead, but neither were as good as a dedicated standalone sat nav.
  21. 2457282 Suspended

    Dec 6, 2012
    Apple has flyovers for many cities in the US and around the world. However the capital of the US and one of the more important cities remains off the list. What could this mean?
  22. Mactendo macrumors 68000

    Oct 3, 2012
    What you show on a screenshot is a Flyover tour, it's an addition to Flyover in some cities. To Flyover over any city with or without tour you just zoom in very close and map turns into 3D.
    --- Post Merged, Jan 24, 2016 ---
    OMG, I just checked Bakersfield, the place is amazing! Looks like Area 51 unfolded, so eerie.
  23. OutSpoken macrumors 6502a

    Jun 9, 2009
    Okay, this is news to me; who knew apple were doing their own street-view! Cool:cool: and by the look of the picture it looks like UK reg plates.

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