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Apple adds Maps Flyover support for 7 cities in Spain, Germany, UK and Puerto Rico

As part of a feature buildout to its in-house mapping service, Apple on Tuesday added seven international locales to its list of cities supporting Maps 3D Flyover.


Flyover view of San Juan, Puerto Rico


The change in Flyover support is reflected on Apple's iOS 8 feature availability webpage under Maps, but also applies to the Maps app in OS X, as seen in the screenshot above.

New Flyover locations include:

  • Almería, Spain
  • Braga, Portugal
  • Jerez de la Frontera, Spain
  • Karlsruhe, Germany
  • Kiel, Germany
  • Kingston upon Hull, Englad
  • San Juan, Puerto Rico

Flyover was initially introduced as a standout Maps feature when Apple first moved away from Google Maps in iOS 6. Flyover combines high-resolution imagery and three-dimensional modeling technology to provide users with 3D visualizations of structures, major landmarks and points of interest.

Aside from platform-exclusive features, Apple is looking to catch up to more mature mapping services by introducing transit directions in iOS 9 and potential image-based navigation assets similar to Google Street View. Earlier this month, the company officially announced that so-called "mystery vans" spotted driving around the U.S. and Europe are indeed part of an initiative "to improve Apple Maps."

Apple last updated its rolling list of Flyover-capable cities in February with additions from Europe and the Americas.