Apple activates 'Nearby' Maps search results in 4 countries, expands Flyover support

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in iPhone edited October 2015
Apple on Monday improved its in-house Maps offering by activating Nearby search functionality in Australia, Canada, France and Germany, while at the same time adding Flyover locations across Europe, Asia and North America.


Flyover view of Kyoto, Japan.


According to Apple's Maps Feature Availability webpage, the company's new Nearby local search feature has been extended beyond initial offerings in the U.S. and China to Australia, Canada, France and Germany.

Nearby was introduced in Maps for iOS 9 as a proximity-based local search function that surfaces commonly queried points of interest like restaurants, bars, gas stations and more. Instead of typing in specific terms, users are presented a list of close-by businesses and attractions, split into categories including Food, Health, Services and Shopping, among others.

In addition to Nearby enhancements, Apple added 15 new locations to its constantly expanding 3D Flyover roster, including popular tourist destinations in Japan, Europe and the U.S.
  • Basel, Switzerland
  • Bielefeld, Germany
  • Gorge Du Verdon, France
  • Hawaii (Big Island), US
  • Hiroshima, Japan
  • Kyoto, Japan
  • Lassen Volcanic National Park, CA
  • Leon, Spain
  • Nagoya, Japan
  • Okayama, Japan
  • Osaka, Japan
  • Porto, Portugal
  • Prague, Czech Republic
  • Sendai, Japan
  • Tulum, Mexico
Flyover, with its photorealistic bird's-eye view of select locations worldwide, is touted by Apple as a tentpole Maps feature. The service has been extended to include Flyover city tours for major cities like London, Paris and New York, though support for smaller cities has been slow going.

Aside from its current feature lineup, Apple is thought to be developing a street-level mapping solution to rival Google Street View. A number of Apple Maps Vans are on the road collecting imaging and positioning data in England, France, Ireland, Italy, Sweden and across the U.S.

Apple last updated Flyover in September with additional support for locations in France, Germany and Japan.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 9
    Nearby was already available in Paris, France, last week.
    (and it was not when iOS 9 was released).

    So it was not activated this Monday, but at some point before that :-)
  • Reply 2 of 9
    Prague! Finally!
  • Reply 3 of 9
    clemynxclemynx Posts: 1,509member
    Been waiting for Kyoto from the very beginning. Happy!
  • Reply 4 of 9
    technotechno Posts: 694member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by jeromec View Post



    Nearby was already available in Paris, France, last week.

    (and it was not when iOS 9 was released).



    So it was not activated this Monday, but at some point before that :-)



    Yea, I am confused. I have had this feature in Montreal, Canada for several weeks now.

  • Reply 5 of 9
    ahmlcoahmlco Posts: 432member
    Apple maps seems to get confused as to what's nearby constantly. I was in Moline IL this weekend (don't ask) and did a Map search for "waterfront".

    Maps promptly showed me a map pin for "waterfront" placed in... Cape Town, Africa.
  • Reply 6 of 9
    jony0jony0 Posts: 269member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by techno View Post

     
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by jeromec View Post



    Nearby was already available in Paris, France, last week.

    (and it was not when iOS 9 was released).



    So it was not activated this Monday, but at some point before that :-)



    Yea, I am confused. I have had this feature in Montreal, Canada for several weeks now.




    Montreal was available from the very beginning of Flyover. I always assumed it had something to do with Poly9.

  • Reply 7 of 9
    elijahgelijahg Posts: 756member
    Seems to randomly appear and disappear in Canterbury, UK. Why it needs "activating" for particular cities seems a bit odd to me, surely it can automatically pull data from Maps and isn't manually curated?
  • Reply 8 of 9
    technotechno Posts: 694member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Jony0 View Post

     



    Montreal was available from the very beginning of Flyover. I always assumed it had something to do with Poly9.




    True, but I am talking about the "Nearby" feature as referenced in the article.

  • Reply 9 of 9
    jony0jony0 Posts: 269member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by techno View Post

     
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Jony0 View Post

     

    Montreal was available from the very beginning of Flyover. I always assumed it had something to do with Poly9.




    True, but I am talking about the "Nearby" feature as referenced in the article.




    Sorry, my mistake, as you were also answering the Parisian. My head was still in the second reference of the article.

     

    Back to your topic, I also noticed Nearby a few weeks ago, a welcome feature as I did note it was missing at iOS9 launch, but then again I was still on my 4S at the time, where there is no 'left page search', just top of page, so I was even more confused reading about it. Nearby was still missing when I got my 6S at the end of September. I think Apple may not update the website as soon as they enable the feature in a region, perhaps to allow for initial issues and further field testing before announcing it.

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