UpNext Releases Impressive 3D Mapping App for iPad

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001


    Mapping company UpNext has released a new iPad app with its 3D mapping technology. The app shows uses points of interest and friends Foursquare check-ins to help users navigate on a 3D representation of close to 50 cities. TechCrunch, writing about the app, says:
    The app boasts what UpNext calls "enhanced 3D" for 22 cities, with rich building and road detail:
    UpNext HD Maps for iPad is available free on the App Store. [Direct Link]

    Article Link: UpNext Releases Impressive 3D Mapping App for iPad
  2. thekeyring macrumors 68040

    Jan 5, 2012
    ...and some people still say the iPad is just a big iPod touch. Can't do that on an iPod touch.
  3. Laika37 macrumors newbie

    Jun 14, 2010
    You could if it was bigger
  4. nagromme, Jan 20, 2012
    Last edited: Jan 20, 2012

    nagromme macrumors G5


    May 2, 2002
    Cool—my city supports 3D!

    I’m getting some wackiness with the app download, though: the “Free” (download) button proceeds without asking for my password (haven’t entered it today at all), and then the icon sits on my iPhone screen “Waiting.” On my iPad, it does ask for the password but still sits on “Waiting.”

    Retry later, I guess. (EDIT: Yep, OK now.)

    They should make a pocket-sized iPad. That would be sweet!
  5. nylonsteel macrumors 6502a


    Nov 5, 2010
    re original article

    looks pretty good

    hope it lives up to expectations

    dont care for the annoying foursquare thingy

    had to drop a hot looking girl who was a foursquare freak
  6. jontech macrumors 6502

    Feb 26, 2010
  7. Pigumon macrumors 6502


    Aug 4, 2004
    It's not JUST a bigger iPod Touch, it's FINALLY a bigger iPod Touch. :)

    Useful screen space was all the Touch was lacking.

  8. ArtOfWarfare macrumors 604


    Nov 26, 2007

    A failure on the developers part to envision to interface on a smaller screen doesn't mean the iPhone couldn't handle it. iPad exclusive apps really piss me off.

    Edit: nontheless, I shall be using the app on my iPad to look around Boston... There have been some walking routes I've wanted to look into but havn't been adventurous enough to try it in person (what if I get lost?)
  9. nagromme, Jan 20, 2012
    Last edited: Jan 20, 2012

    nagromme macrumors G5


    May 2, 2002
    Just to be clear:

    The app in question is "UpNext HD Maps,” not “UpNext 3D Cities,” which is older and only has half a dozen or so cities right now—but which does support iPhone.

    (It also seems to take up more space on your device, pre-downloading your chosen citi(es); compared to this newer app which streams as near as I can tell—but may therefore depend on an Internet connection all the time? I haven’t checked what else differs between the two.)
  10. wordoflife macrumors 604


    Jul 6, 2009
    3 cities that I can frequently use. I'm sold!

    Oh wait, it's free.
    Well actually now I just need my iPad. :eek:
  11. skinned66 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 11, 2011
    Ottawa, Canada
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    This is the beginning of the end of iOS not having a native map that doesn't do turn-by-turn navigation.

    Edit: I need to really read the whole story before I post from now on.
  12. Dagless macrumors Core


    Jan 18, 2005
    Fighting to stay in the EU
    Devices I own- 2008 13" MBP, latest and highest-end 27" iMac, 64gb iPhone 4S, 64gb iPod touch
    Devices I own that can run this app- theoretically all, but none :(

    Oh well!
  13. andrewsd macrumors 6502

    Sep 27, 2008

    No no. 3.5 inches is perfect for "angry birds.". Isn't that why we buy iPhones and what not.

    All kiding aside the app does look impressive. Too bad there is no "San Diego" though.
  14. JesseFogarty, Jan 21, 2012
    Last edited by a moderator: Jan 25, 2012

    JesseFogarty macrumors newbie

    Jan 14, 2012
    Toronto, ON
    So much for Android trying to use the lack of turn by turn directions, I think 3D maps > turn by turn directions.

    On another note, really Apple? Another god damn genius update that Canadians get to drool over but never use... Nice.
  15. pointlessly macrumors newbie

    Jan 21, 2012
    Pretty. Cute. Pointless.

    When you have applications that show you actual street photographs, how is a 3D map any better, especially when the buildings don't really look like the actual buildings? They try, sure, but don't come close. So it's another "gee whiz" app that's redundant. And then there's the advertisement at the bottom of the map that bears no relation to my interests. If you want turn-by-turn on your iPhone and iPad go with waze. :cool:
  16. ombrenelcielo macrumors regular


    Jan 21, 2011
    Helsinki, Finland
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    Nokia Maps = many times better.
  17. SockRolid macrumors 68000


    Jan 5, 2010
    Almost Rock Solid
    Very nice. But I suspect Apple is going to release a massive upgrade to Maps in iOS 6.0. On iPhone and iPad. And that will crush independents like UpNext.

    And that massive iOS Maps upgrade just might explain why Samsung is hyping their own turn-by-turn navigation system in ads now. Because in a few months Apple will trump them.
  18. KiwiAdventure macrumors 6502

    Dec 7, 2010
    New Zealand
  19. Oletros macrumors 603


    Jul 27, 2009
    Premià de Mar
    Like the 3D maps that Google Maps and Navigation have?
  20. Digitalclips macrumors 65816

    Mar 16, 2006
    Sarasota, Florida
    Good effort and quite fun, if obviously very beta. When Apple release their own 3D mapping system based on the SAAB technology this sort of application will be doomed, I would not want to be an investor that's for sure.
  21. alhedges macrumors 6502

    Oct 5, 2008
    The app looks more like a demonstration than an actual app. It's kind of cool for the cities that they have in 3d, although I wouldn't really call it useful. And the random ad at the bottom is both annoying and useless.

    It's completely useless for the non-3d cities though...and some of the restaurants they listed in my spot check have been closed for 2 years.
  22. Zimmer62943 macrumors member

    Aug 7, 2008
    coming soon for other devices like the kindle fire. kindle FAIL
  23. kboyle65 macrumors newbie

    Dec 21, 2011
    Chicago, Illinois
  24. robertosh macrumors 6502


    Mar 2, 2011
    I think that is a great app for show but it has any advantage vs the traditional google maps?

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