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If you're running iOS 6 on an iPhone 4S or later or on a 5th generation iPod touch, you have access to two brand-new ways to look at Maps. I'm currently looking at a view of Ventura, California in the Standard Map view. Notice next to the Location button is a button labeled 3D. Tapping it shifts the view of the map from looking directly down to this more bird's eye view where we can see into the distance. This can be useful to give you a better sense of the layout of a location you're looking at. By touching two fingers to the screen I can tilt on the axis to see further into the distance.
This actually looks a little bit better in Satellite or Hybrid views. While in 3D view you can also rotate with two fingers to look in different directions and you can drag with one finger to scroll the map around. Tap 3D again to return to the top-down view. Now another new feature that's currently only available for select major cities is called Flyover.
Let's jump over to Times Square, New York. [00:01:088.93] So here again I'm looking at the top-down Hybrid Satellite view. Notice though that the 3D button has been replaced with a buildings icon. When I tap it, suddenly I'm looking at a 3D rendered view of the city. This allows me to zoom in and really see the buildings in 3D detail. I can rotate, I can shift the axis and you can go down to almost street-level in some cases.
This can be really useful to help you get your bearings or to prepare for an upcoming trip. So the Flyover view is only available when looking at the Satellite or Hybrid views. If you're looking at the Standard view, you'll just get the regular 3D button. Also, Apple has continued to add more and more cities with Flyover views. They're working their way through the major cities throughout the U.S., Europe, Australia, and so on. The easiest way to see if a city has Flyover is just to go there in Maps.
If you zoom in and you see the Buildings button instead of the 3D button, Flyover is available. So, that's the new 3D and Flyover views in Maps, which again, are only available on the 5th generation iPod touch and the iPhone 4S and later.
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