Apple officially completed the launch of its redesigned Apple Maps earlier this year. The new Apple Maps design offers users improved navigation, better road coverage and more. One of the biggest changes is a new feature called Look Around, which offers a street-level view with 3D photography.
What is Apple Maps Look Around?
In many ways, Look Around is Apple’s version of Google’s popular and useful Street View feature. Allows you to zoom in on a specific area and receive a preview as if you were walking on the street. Look Around offers street-level viewing with high resolution, 3D photography and more.
Here’s how Apple describes Look Around:
Maps offers interactive street-level imagery with high-resolution 3D photography and smooth, seamless transitions in major cities with Look Around. Explore selected cities with an interactive 3D experience that offers a 360 degree view of a place. And enjoy smooth, seamless transitions as you browse.
Apple Maps Look Around is supported by any device running iOS 13 or iPadOS 13 or any Mac that can run macOS 10.15 Catalina.
Where can you use Look Around?
The Look Around feature on Apple Maps is similar to Google’s Street View, but unfortunately, it’s not so ubiquitous. Apple Maps Look Around is currently available in ten major areas in the United States – it also does not cover all of these ten cities.
If you want to try Look Around, visit one of these areas in the Apple Maps app on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac:
- San Francisco
- Las Vegas
- Honolulu and Oahu
- New York City
- Washington DC.
- Los Angeles
Chicago is the latest addition to this list, with Look Around airing around the city during the week of April 20, 2020. We will update the list as the feature expands to more cities in the United States and, eventually, Europe.
You can read more about the Apple Maps Look Around launch at this blog post Justin O’Beirne. Where can the resource be expanded to the next one? O’Beirne predicts cities like Albuquerque, Atlanta, Austin, Buffalo, Dallas, Denver, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Miami, New Orleans, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, San Diego, Seattle and / or Tampa Bay to look like the next.
How to use it
Here are some of the control and customization options you have access to when using Look Around on Apple Maps:
- In selected cities, touch the binoculars on a map or info card.
- To change the display, do one of the following:
- Pan: Drag a finger to the left or right.
- Go ahead: Touch the scene.
- Zoom in or out: Tighten open or closed.
- See another point of interest: Touch somewhere else on the map.
- Switch to or from the full screen view: Touch the arrows
- When done, tap Done.
You can read more about how to use the feature on our complete detailed guide here.
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