What you need to know
- Apple Maps continues to get better.
- Look Around is now available in more locations.
- The Street View-like feature lets users see 3D images of a location.
Apple has made its Look Around feature available to new locations within the United States, as reported by MacRumors. The feature is now available in Boston, Philadelphia, and Washington via the Apple Maps app.
Look Around is Apple's competitor to Google Street View and offers many of the same features. It was already available in the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, New York City, Las Vegas, Houston, and the Hawaiian island of Oahu.
Users who are viewing a map with Look Around available will see a binoculars icon in the top-right corner of the screen. They can then tap it to enable Look Around, panning and moving as they wish.
In many ways Look Around is a better experience than using Google's Street View, despite Google's large head start on the feature. The graphics used are extremely high resolution.
Unfortunately, Apple is being slow at rolling this feature out to additional locations, although it surely hopes to have it available everywhere as soon as possible. Apple is also still rolling out its much improved Apple Maps worldwide after completing its US rollout.
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Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.
Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.