Apple Look Around
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.
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.
In May 2019, Apple announced plans to begin collecting data for Apple Maps in Canada.
Timeline of introductions
|#||Release date||Major locations added|
|1||Thursday, September 19, 2019||San Francisco Bay Area, Santa Cruz, Las Vegas, Oahu|
|2||Monday, September 30, 2019||Los Angeles, New York City|
|United States||Las Vegas|
|New York City|
|San Francisco Bay Area|
According to the company, Apple's vehicles have driven through the following countries:
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