One of the most notable features of iOS 6 is that it will feature a new in-house Maps solution by Apple, sans Google. Knowing this, Google has somehow managed to throw a press conference ahead of the iOS announcement, where they announced that they will be releasing a new maps solution featuring a new 3D view. It seems that the search engine giant is really hell-bent on beating Apple to a punch because just now, Google just released an updated Google Earth app to include a new 3D city view.
That's right folks, you will now be able to view cities in 3D. Note that this particular feature has been rolled out on Android back in June. Google Earth is now on version 7.0.0 which includes two new significant updates:
- Tour guide: Explore places you never thought to search for with new tours of your favorite cities, historic landmarks and natural wonders.
- 3D imagery: Take flight above entire cities in 3D. Get started with Los Angeles, Boston, San Francisco, Geneva or Rome and look for new additions in the coming weeks. Available for iPhone 4S and iPad 2 or later.
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But in order for these new goodies to be unlocked, higher horsepower is needed which means that you will need to have a newer iOS device. Specifically it has to be an iPhone 4S, iPad 2 or the New iPad. Users with older devices will still be able to use the other features of the app but they should run at least an iOS 4.2 or later.
Google will keep on adding more 3D cities into its database but as for now it supports 14 regions which include Los Angeles, Boston, the San Francisco Bay Area, and many others. By the end of the year, Google will have provided coverage for 300 million people. If you want to try out the app for yourself, you can download Google Earth app for iOS provided in the link below.