Street View: Apple launches Google alternative in Germany

“Look Around”

With a new function, Apple wants to boost the number of users of its own map app: The “Look Around” feature is intended to compete with Google Street View.


Apples Street-View-Alternative
Apple’s Street View alternative “Look Around” is now also starting in Germany.
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With a new version of the map application, which is now available for download via an app update, Apple iPhone users are now also able to have their own Street View function in Germany. This was already presented in June 2021 at the WWDC developer conference, but could only be used in the USA and Great Britain at the start.

The Street View alternative known as “Look Around” is now also available in Germany, but is limited to image material in Germany for the time being München. Like Google Street View, this makes it possible to take a virtual walk through the city by providing an interactive map.

Apple starts in Germany with a new Maps function

According to company information, Apple worked closely with the development of Look Around Bavarian data protection authority worked together to minimize any data processing and security concerns. In addition, one Apple’s own website provided, on which possible questions and problems should be dealt with. An expansion of the look-around feature is also in the works – the list of cities and when the corresponding images will be captured can be found on the same page.

In addition, Apple Maps has received further improvements with the current update: This is how the new version 3D views of well-known sights in Germany, which is intended to make orientation easier when travelling. The voice instructions should also be easier to understand with the new map app to make navigation on unfamiliar roads more comfortable.

21.4.2022 von Jusuf Hatic

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