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, the United Kingdom, Canada, Ireland and Japan. 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
Cameras of an Apple Maps car in Grenoble in June 2020
An Apple Maps car driving in Geelong in November 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]

During WWDC on June 22, 2020, Apple announced its new maps would be coming to Ireland, the UK, and Canada later this year,[4] and had started surveying parts of Belgium and the Netherlands.

On August 4, 2020, Japan became the first country outside of the United States to gain the Look Around feature, with the cities of Kyoto, Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya added.

Timeline of introductions[edit]

# Release date Major locations added
1 Thursday, September 19, 2019[5] United States Las Vegas, Oahu, San Francisco Bay Area, Santa Cruz
2 Monday, September 30, 2019[6] United States Los Angeles, New York City
3 Monday, November 18, 2019 United States Houston
4 Wednesday, February 19, 2020[7] United States Boston, Philadelphia, Washington D.C.
5 Monday, April 20, 2020 United States Chicago
6 Monday, June 29, 2020[8] United States Seattle
7 Tuesday, August 4, 2020[9] Japan Kyoto, Nagoya, Osaka, Tokyo
8 Thursday, October 1, 2020[10] United Kingdom Edinburgh, London
Republic of Ireland Dublin
9 Wednesday, October 7, 2020[11] United States Phoenix
10 Friday, December 4, 2020 Japan Fukuoka, Hiroshima, Takamatsu
11 Thursday, December 10, 2020[12] Canada Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Saskatchewan
12 Wednesday, December 16, 2020[13] United States Denver, Detroit, Miami

Coverage[edit]

Locations with Look Around
Country Region
 Canada Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Saskatchewan
 Ireland Dublin
 Japan Fukuoka, Hiroshima, Kyoto, Nagoya, Osaka, Takamatsu, Tokyo
 United Kingdom Edinburgh, London
 United States Boston, Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, Oahu, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Francisco Bay Area, Santa Cruz, Seattle, Washington, D.C.

Future coverage[edit]

According to the company, Apple's vehicles have driven through, or are scheduled to drive through, the following countries:[14]

Country Vehicle Locations
 Andorra Andorra
 Australia Adelaide, Australian Capital Territory, Darwin, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney, Tasmania, Queensland
 Belgium Antwerp, Bruges, Brussels, Charleroi, Flanders, Ghent, Liege, Namur
 Canada Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Saskatchewan
 Croatia Split-Dalmatia County, Šibenik-Knin County
 Finland Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa
 France Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, Brittany, Centre-Val de Loire, Corsica, Grand Est, Hauts-de-France, Île-de-France, Normandy, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, Occitanie, Pays de la Loire, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
 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
 Israel Central District, Haifa District, Jerusalem District, Northern District, Southern District, Tel Aviv District
 Italy Abruzzo, Aosta Valley, Apulia, Basilicata, Calabria, Campania, Emilia-Romagna, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Lazio, Liguria, Lombardy, Marche, Molise, Piedmont, Rome, Sardinia, Sicily, Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol, Tuscany, Umbria, Veneto
 Japan Aichi Prefecture, Chiba Prefecture, Fukuoka Prefecture, Hiroshima Prefecture, Hyōgo Prefecture, Ibaraki Prefecture, Ishikawa Prefecture, Kagawa Prefecture, Kanagawa Prefecture, Kyoto Prefecture, Mie Prefecture, Miyagi Prefecture, Nara Prefecture, Osaka Prefecture, Saitama Prefecture, Shiga Prefecture, Tokyo
 Netherlands North Brabant
 New Zealand Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington
 Norway Oslo
 Portugal Continental Portugal
 San Marino San Marino
 Singapore Singapore
 Slovenia Ljubljana
 Spain Andalusia, Canary Islands, Catalonia, Community of Madrid, Valencian Community, Galicia, Castile and León, Basque Country, Castilla-La Mancha, Region of Murcia, Aragon, Extremadura, Balearic Islands, Asturias, Navarre, Cantabria, La Rioja
 Sweden Malmö, Skåne County, Stockholm County, Uppsala County
 United Kingdom Gibraltar, England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Channel Islands, Isle of Man
 United States Full coverage in all 50 U.S. states, Guam, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands

See also[edit]

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. ^ Keane, Sean. "WWDC 2020: Apple adds cycling directions to Maps for iOS 14". C-Net. Retrieved 1 July 2020.
  5. ^ "IOS 13 REVIEW: JOIN THE DARK SIDE". The Verge. September 19, 2019.
  6. ^ Lee, Tyler; PDT, on 10/01/2019 02:49. "Apple's Answer To Google's Street View Is Now Live In New York City, Los Angeles". Ubergizmo. Retrieved 2021-01-09.
  7. ^ "Apple Maps' Look Around feature works in three more U.S. Cities".
  8. ^ Voorhees, John. "Apple Adds Look Around for Seattle, Washington in Maps". MacStories. Retrieved 19 July 2020.
  9. ^ Clover, Juli. "Apple Maps Gains Look Around in Some Japanese Cities". Mac Rumors. Retrieved 4 August 2020.
  10. ^ Neely, Amber. "UK, Ireland get Apple Maps Look Around, cycling directions". Apple Insider. Retrieved 2 October 2020.
  11. ^ Clover, Juli. "Apple Maps 'Look Around' Feature Now Available in Phoenix, Arizona". MacRumors. Retrieved 7 October 2020.
  12. ^ "Apple Maps rolls out update for Canada packed with new features". AppleInsider. Retrieved 2021-01-09.
  13. ^ "Apple Maps Look Around Feature Expands to Denver, Detroit, Miami and More". MacRumors. Retrieved 2021-01-09.
  14. ^ "Apple: Apple Maps vehicles". Retrieved 2 November 2015.