Apple Maps expands Flyover support, picks up traffic info in Hong Kong and Mexico
There’s no question Apple’s proprietary web mapping service greatly evolved in the past few years, in terms of stability, capabilities and especially iOS popularity, but in many ways, it remains a poor man’s Google Maps.
Thankfully, Cupertino seems to acknowledge that, and spare no effort to update Apple Maps every month or at least every couple of months. The latest system revision doesn’t appear to quash any bugs (mostly because there are way fewer than ever), instead taking care of the spread of such beloved features as Flyover, Nearby, Traffic, and Transit.
With Flyover, you can check out “photo-realistic”, interactive 3D views of “major metro areas” from above, zooming, panning, tilting, and rotating around various cities and their landmarks. The list of places where you can fly over and see if they’re worth an actual visit grows by four, including Lake Powell, Utah; Aomori, Japan; Bruges, Belgium; and Limoges, France.
Meanwhile, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom now support Nearby searches, so you can easily pull in-depth listings of locations neatly organized in categories like Food, Drink, Shopping or Fun.
Third on the changelog, you have real-time traffic data available in Mexico and Hong Kong to help you calculate realistic ETAs, and choose alternative routes in case of major incidents. Last but not least, Los Angeles joins the likes of Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, New York City, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Washington, plus Berlin, London, Mexico City, Sydney, and Toronto on the roster of metropolitan areas with public transit information on tap.