With a little-known feature of Apple Maps for your iPhone, you can access big cities like Godzilla and The Actually, if you know the secret.
Although the introduction of Apple Maps is already available in iOS 6, the built-in "flyover" feature is still relatively unknown, mainly due to the limitations of the past. When it was first made available, it was possible to get realistic bird's eye views and 3D views of buildings and landmarks in and around the metropolises of the big city, but that was all it was then.
In iOS 8, Apple added "City" to "tours" that automatically fly you through cities, displaying all the highlights you want to see when they actually travel there on vacation.
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Using ARKit for Next-Reality Developers, You Can Drive Around Go around with your iPhone and navigate the city with virtual reality. As you can imagine, a VR headset will make the experience even more intense. The flyover map displays the names of cities, major monuments, and buildings, and you can zoom in and out to get to different parts of the city.
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Even though Apple has been working on flyover since 2012, you can not use it anywhere. However, there are about 353 cities, just over 100 of these cities, parks or territories in the US. So there is much to discover. You can see the Coliseum in Rome, Italy; Visit the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France; or just look at the Hollywood Sign in Los Angeles, California. For a complete list of supported high-flying cities, see on the Apple Web site.
If you've selected a city to explore, find it in Apple Maps on your iPhone, and then tap the top result for the city. On the next screen, a flyover button appears in the lower information area. Just tap on it and you can start exploring your chosen destination.
Alternatively, as shown in the GIF below, you can also swipe and zoom in on a destination on the map itself, then tap the small "3D" button to display the option, do not zoom too far, otherwise If you zoom out to get a full picture of the environment, other "3D" buttons are displayed, a quick visual display that lets you explore these cities or areas.
After activating, jump immediately into the flyover view where You can navigate around with your iPhone in front of you, just be careful not to block your iPhone's camera, because Flyover must help guide you precisely during the move, and when it's blocked, Maps will show the Low Detail warning "V Also, try not to drive too fast, otherwise the warning "Excessive movement" will be displayed.
If you do not really want to get up and move around (which is an easy way to knock things over when you are not you can navigate the city by following the movements You still have to turn around to see different views and look back and forth, but you do not really have to get up and walk around.
Although there is no option to fly over, many smaller cities (mostly in the USA) are actually viewed in 3D, the GIF below. To view them, tap the Info (i) button and select "Satellite." If you change the map view, it turns to the top right s a new option "3D" is displayed. Tap this option to display the 3D map.
If you want to get to know the city you want to get to know better, take the "City Tour". You can access the Start City Tour button either directly in flyover mode, or by tapping the screen to display the information bar below. You can press Pause Pause if you want to pause, or press X to exit flyover mode altogether.
The flyover mode is not completely new, but it is much more useful with the new virtual reality features. It's also much more fun to explore cities around the world, especially if you have a VR headset.
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