Tech giant Apple has announced to expand its Look Around feature in the United States. The Look Around is a technology in Apple Maps. The company said that it is now available to four more cities. The cities are Denver, Detroit, Miami, and Ft. Lauderdale. The Look Around feature is similar to Google’s Street View. The feature offers 3D street-level descriptions of roads and streets. Apple was earlier offering the Look Around to a handful of cities. With the latest addition of four cities, the Look Around feature is now available in 22 cities worldwide which includes the US, the UK, and Japan.
The iPhone maker had first introduced the Look Around feature with iOS 13. In the US, Apple limited Look Around to a few cities. According to the company, a binoculars icon appears in the top-right corner of Apple Maps. When a user taps the icon, it opens a street-level view in a card overlay at the top. Users can expand it to a full-screen view. Users can also change the view by swiping the display. Back in 2018, Apple announced that it was rebuilding Apple Maps. Apple decided to develop its own infrastructure so that it doesn’t have to rely on third-party mapping services.
According to Apple’s claim, it has its fleet of vans. These vans sport cameras and sensors and move around the streets. With this, Apple wants to develop its in-house maps. The Look Around feature provides interactive panoramas. This means users get a 360° view of the streets. Apple believes that this gives smooth transitions. Outside the US, Apple Maps’ Look Around feature is also available in Japan. The feature is available in Tokyo, Kyoto, Nagoya, and Osaka. In the UK, its services are available in London and Edinburgh. It is also available to iOS users in Dublin city. Apple’s fleet is currently gathering data in Canada. Apple said that its engineering team is hard at work behind the scenes to expand the Look Around services.