Apple is still serious about its Maps and expands Flyovers
Apple is still serious about its Maps. When looking at Apple’s career website, you can see that the company is continuously searching for a fresh blood to its mapping department. It also announced the new partnerships with GasBuddy and GreatSchools in the US which might mean adding data from these start-ups to Maps.
Additionally last week Apple announced that it expands the Flyover feature with 9 new locations. If you never tried it, the Flyovers offer experience similar to Google Earth with 3D buildings. The difference is that the building were not manually created by users but
generated semi-automatically with a Lidar scans. From user perspective the 3D models are available directly from the app, so you don’t have to switch to Google Earth app. The Flyover shows up when you’re ‘above’ the city with have this feature available. When you click on it, the app takes you into a virtual tour around the city. It’s quite awesome but it doesn’t bring any added value to your everyday mapping. Nonetheless it’s worth trying it.
Th list of all supported cities is available here.
Map showing where locals and tourists take pictures in your city
We know Eric Fisher of Mapbox from several cool mapping projects including mapping every geo-tagged tweet in the world or mapping routes of runners and bikers based on RunKeeper data. This time Eric created another awesome map which gives us insight on how locals and tourists take photos in different cities around the world.
He analysed huge amount of Gnip’s archive of geo-tagged tweets from September 2011 through May 2013. “Locals” were identified as people who’d been tweeting for one month or longer from the same city. “Tourists” were those who’d been tweeting in that city for less than a month, and who seem to be “local” in another city. Locals were marked as blue dots and tourists as red dots.
The map, which image you can find below, is fully interactive. When you zoom-in closer you’ll notice that tweet-points are not overlaid on any background map. The world map is actually drew by tweets, which makes a very interesting effect.