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How to explore cities in Apple maps using Look Around



  The Look Around feature of Apple Maps displayed on the iPhone

More than a decade after Google unveiled Street View, Apple has released its own 360-degree 3D maps. In a typical Apple way, it offers a superior user experience compared to browsing through traditional map views. Here's how you can explore cities with Look Around on Apple Maps.

Open the "Maps" app on your iPhone or iPad with iOS 1

3 or iPadOS 13 and later.

In the menu, touch the "Search" field and search for a popular place or city.

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 Use the search bar to search for a location in Apple Maps

Look Around supports many popular cities and destinations across the United States, such as Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York City. Apple continues to add more cities around the world when it's ready to capture them.

To check if a city or location supports Look Around, swipe up from the menu that shows the location. You will find a "Look Around" icon.

 Use the Look Around option from a Location Map

You may also see a "Binoculars" icon in the upper-right corner of the screen as you browse Maps. Touch that icon to open the Look Around view.

 Touch the binoculars icon to open the Look Around view from anywhere

After selecting the Look Around view, you can use two modes. One is a head-up street view mode that shows you both street view and the map. This is the best thing about using Look Around.

In the map view you can move the icon "Binocular" around the streets and see the street view update live. You can then press the "Expand" button to go full screen with the street view.

 Use the binoculars icon to follow around the street view

Here you can swipe to pan around and use the nip gesture to zoom in and out. You can also tap anywhere on the screen to quickly navigate to it. Press "Done" to exit the Look Around view.

 Click Done to leave the Look Around view


Now that you know how to use the Look Around function, you can see where the curiosity takes you. You can use Look Around to take virtual tours of cities and landmarks. And when you come across something interesting, add it as a favorite in Apple Maps.

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