Well, that was fast. The second best but rapidly improving web mapping service for iOS devices picked up a small update only a couple of weeks back, growing the list of places where Flyover support is offered, plus real-time Traffic and Transit information, and already, Apple Maps goes through another makeover.
This one isn’t major either, and doesn’t change anything about the way the app looks, or even how it behaves for users in roughly 99 percent of worldwide markets targeted by Cupertino.
The remaining one percent however should rejoice upon hearing they can now “fly over” Columbus, Louisville, South Bend, Springfield, and Tucson, as well as Adelaide, Amiens, Berne, Bremen, Dresden, Eindhoven, Johannesburg, La Rochelle, Middlesbrough, Nantes, Salzburg, Taormina, Toulouse, Toyama, and the Virgin Islands.
That’s a grand total of 19 new cities in 10 countries on five different continents, plus a group of islands in the Caribbean under the UK’s administration. Bottom line, Apple wants to make this Google Street View-rivaling feature a truly global initiative, and there are now 240 places ready to show you their most beautiful views and landmarks from above.
Meanwhile, if you’re ever in Taiwan, and decide to rent a car to do some sight-seeing, it’s good to know you can get by without having to stop and ask for directions. Finally, Finland follows its Traffic support rollout with Nearby capabilities, allowing you to find restaurants, groceries, bakeries, theaters and shopping malls in your area directly from Apple Maps.