Apple Look Around

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Apple Look Around is a technology featured in Apple Maps that provides interactive panoramas from positions along a small number of streets in the United States. Look Around allows the user to view 360° street-level imagery, with smooth transitions as the scene is navigated. Look Around was introduced with iOS 13 at Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in June 2019. It was publicly released as part of iOS 13 on September 19, 2019.[1]

Background[edit]

An Apple Maps vehicle driving through St. Charles, Missouri in June 2015
An Apple Maps van in Havre, Montana in July 2018
An Apple Maps car near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in June 2019

In early 2015, vehicles equipped with twelve cameras and lidar sensors were seen in a variety of places throughout the United States. These vehicles were owned by Apple. In June 2015, Apple stated on its website that the vehicles were collecting data to improve Apple Maps. Also, Apple claimed to secure privacy by making faces and license plates unrecognizable. In 2018 Apple confirmed in an article that it was rebuilding Apple Maps, with the first results rolled out in California.[2]

In May 2019, Apple announced plans to begin collecting data for Apple Maps in Canada.[3]

Timeline of introductions[edit]

2019[edit]

# Release date Major locations added
1 Thursday, September 19, 2019[4] United States San Francisco Bay Area, Santa Cruz, Las Vegas, Oahu
2 Monday, September 30, 2019 United States Los Angeles, New York City[5]

Coverage[edit]

Locations with Look Around
Country Region
 United States Las Vegas
Los Angeles
New York City
Oahu
San Francisco Bay Area
Santa Cruz

Image Collection[edit]

According to the company, Apple's vehicles have driven through the following countries:[6]

Country Vehicle Locations
 Australia Adelaide, Australian Capital Territory, Darwin, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney, Tasmania, Queensland
 Canada Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Saskatchewan
 Croatia Split-Dalmatia County, Sibenik-Knin County
 France Île-de-France
 Germany Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria, Berlin, Brandenburg, Bremen, Hamburg, Hesse, Lower Saxony, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate, Saarland, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, Schleswig-Holstein, Thuringia
 Ireland Carlow, Cavan, Clare, Cork, Donegal, Dublin, Galway, Kerry, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Leitrim, Limerick, Longford, Louth, Mayo, Meath, Monaghan, Offaly, Roscommon, Silgo, Tipperary, Waterford, Westmeath, Wexford, Wicklow
 Italy Abruzzo, Aosta Valley, Apulia, Basilicata, Calabria, Campania, Emilia-Romagna, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Lazio, Liguria, Lombardy, Marche, Molise, Piedmont, Sardinia, Sicily, Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol, Tuscany, Umbria, Veneto
 Japan Ibaraki Prefecture, Saitama Prefecture, Chiba Prefecture, Tokyo, Kanagawa Prefecture, Aichi Prefecture, Mie Prefecture, Shiga Prefecture, Kyoto Prefecture, Osaka Prefecture, Hyōgo Prefecture, Nara Prefecture
 Portugal Portugal continental
 San Marino San Marino
 Spain Andalusia, Catalonia, Community of Madrid, Valencian Community, Galicia, Castile and León, Basque Country, Castilla-La Mancha, Canary Islands, Region of Murcia, Aragon, Extremadura, Balearic Islands, Asturias, Navarre, Cantabria, La Rioja
 Sweden Skåne County, Stockholm County, Uppsala County
 United Kingdom Gibraltar, England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Channel Islands, Isle of Man
 United States Full coverage scheduled to appear in all 50 states by the end of 2019[7]
Puerto Rico

References[edit]

  1. ^ "iOS 13 Preview - Features". Apple. Retrieved 26 June 2019.
  2. ^ Panzarino, Matthew (June 29, 2018). "Apple is rebuilding Maps from the ground up". TechCrunch. Retrieved November 23, 2018.
  3. ^ "Apple starts collecting data for Apple Maps in Canada". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2019-05-28.
  4. ^ "IOS 13 REVIEW: JOIN THE DARK SIDE". The Verge. September 19, 2019.
  5. ^ https://www.ubergizmo.com/2019/10/apple-maps-look-around-live-new-york-los-angeles/
  6. ^ "Apple: Apple Maps vehicles". Retrieved 2 November 2015.
  7. ^ "Apple Maps gets a makeover". CNET. June 3, 2019.

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