iOS 8 Beta Reveals Flyover City Tours Coming to New Maps App


In 2013, Apple launched the Flyover feature for iOS 6. Armchair travelers could zoom in to see photorealistic 3-D virtual buildings in specific iconic locations, like Versailles, The Eiffel Tower, and more. You can pan, tilt, and rotate around a city and its landmarks for a bird’s eye view of the landscape.

Recently, app developer Pierre Blazquez uncovered a hidden feature in Apple Maps that shows a pre-defined tour of major points of interest that allow users to simply sit back and enjoy the ride.

The video made in collaboration with Blazquez and Mac4Ever shows the city of Paris with automatic zoom and pan action through iconic landmarks like the Pantheon and the Notre Dame cathedral. From the smooth transition between locations, it appears possible that individual city tours might be pre-cashed for faster load times.

From Blazquez’ information, the city tour feature has already been created for Paris, Barcelona, Rome, Stockholm, New York, Glasgow, Cape Town, Perth, Brodeaux, and Sand Francisco. There is no official information as to what other locations Apple might add in the future.

I hope Apple adds some additional iconic locations to the city tours feature.I’d love to take a tour of Disneyland

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