Who's Satellite Imagery does Apple Use?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by LERsince1991, Oct 21, 2014.

  1. LERsince1991 macrumors 65816

    Jul 24, 2008

    I need to know where the source images come from for apple maps (using on mac).

    Basically it is the only mapping satellite system I can find with a decent map of a place, but I need a flat, true image, the mac application views in 3d all the time so everything is skewed!

    Either need to know if I can view the source images elsewhere (like another companies online map browser)


    how to turn off 3d in apple macs for mavericks!?

  2. BenAigen macrumors 6502


    Sep 18, 2014
    Up a hill
    How to turn off 3D?

    Maps - View - click on Hide 3D


    :apple: stuff
  3. LERsince1991 thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jul 24, 2008
    Nope, it still loads terrain in 3d and has a perspective on (even when from top view) which skews the satellite images... (Unlike Google or bing maps).

    I've realised there is no solution.
  4. chown33 Moderator

    Staff Member

    Aug 9, 2009
    Please post a screen shot (or section of one) showing this perspective on terrain, while 3D has been turned off. Also post a screen shot of the same terrain when 3D is turned on, for comparison purposes.

    If you're looking at terrain details such as trees or steep-walled canyons, then you should recognize that satellite pictures will show foreshortened trees (or any other terrain) simply because the satellite isn't always directly over the terrain. That is, the picture may be taken at some angle that's not exactly perpendicular to the Earth's surface. Depending on where the satellite is relative to whatever it's taking a picture of, these effects may be more or less noticeable. In short, it depends on exactly what terrain you're looking at.

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