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Monday, August 06, 2012, 06:09 pm PT (09:09 pm ET)

Apple adds more 3D cities to iOS 6 Maps

Apple continues to expand the capabilities of Maps in iOS 6 with Monday's release of the beta number four, adding a U.S., Canadian and European cities to those with "flyover" 3D data.

In preparation of rolling out its newest mobile operating system, Apple has updated its Maps app to include so-called "flyover" data for a number of major cities worldwide, including Philadelphia, Manchester and Toronto.

It should be noted that the iPad maker has yet to include New York as one of the 3D-capable cities, possibly over terrorism concerns.

New York

New York has yet to receive the flyover treatment in iOS 6 Maps.


Apple announced at WWDC 2012 that it would be ditching Google Maps for its own proprietary mapping service borne out of a 2011 acquisition of Swedish 3D mapping company C3 Technologies, a spin-off from Saab's AB defense arm. A recent side-by-side comparison between 3D maps created in iOS 6 and the new function in Google Maps gave a slight edge to Apple's solution in terms of resolution and rendering speed.

The new iOS 6 Maps app will feature TomTom-powered turn-by-turn navigation with integrated Siri support, Yelp recommendations and vector-based mapping for fast 2D rendering.

More information on Maps and other new iOS 6 features can be found in AppleInsider's First Look: iOS 6 series.

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