What you need to know
- Apple Maps is working to bring its Look Around feature to more countries.
- Cars are driving around Austria, Switzerland, and more as they collect the data needed for the feature.
Apple's cars are driving around streets in Austria, Switzerland, and Hong Kong in an effort to collect the data needed to roll the Apple Maps Look Around feature out there. Belgium will also see a return of the cars as Apple looks to expand on its surveying from last year.
The Apple Maps Look Around feature gives users the chance to see locations as if they were there without actually making a trip. It can be invaluable when planning nights out or just working out where to park. Apple blurs out things like faces to make sure people can't be identified, just as Google does with its Street View feature.
Accessing Look Around is as easy as tapping the binoculars icon in the top-right corner of the Maps app — when you're in a location where it is supported, of course. Those include the united States, Canada, the UK, and much of Europe as well as other locations around the world.
Apple Maps still isn't the best iPhone app for local map data, however. Google Maps is still a strong option despite the way Maps integrates with other services and apps within Apple's ecosystem.
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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.