iPhone 5 (white, three-up, Maps)

Apple billed 3D Flyover as one of the headlining features of its Maps app, when it replaced Google Maps in iOS last fall with its own in-house software. Unfortunately, at the time, the feature was only available for a handful of cities.

But the Maps team has been awfully busy in recent months, adding Flyover support to a number of new areas. Earlier this month, it expanded Flyover coverage in Paris, France, and this week it’s bolstered support in greater California…

AppleInsider reports:

“First spotted by AppleInsider reader Mike M., the additions show Apple is actively updating its mapping assets after the much maligned service was introduced in September of last year.

The new support includes San Bernardino, Riverside, Rancho Cucamonga, Ontario and Moreno Valley, among others. With the additions, Maps offers nearly unbroken Flyover coverage of cities from San Bernardino to the Pacific Ocean.”

Sure enough, here’s the Santa Monica Pier in Santa Monica, California:

santa monic

It’s unclear when exactly Apple made the backend update, but it’s believed to have been within the past week. It’s also not clear if California was the only area affected by the update, or if other cities/states/countries received improvements.

As aforementioned, Apple added 3D Flyover support to Paris, France and surrounding areas earlier this month. And just prior to that, it expanded coverage in 12 US cities including Tulsa, Oklahoma, Cleveland, Ohio, and Albany, New York.

Apple has been struggling to rebuild the reputation of its Maps app since it landed on iOS 6 last fall. After several user complaints, CEO Tim Cook issued a public apology, and promised to put the weight of the company behind making things right.

  • mrloko

    can i somehow upgrade from 5.1.1 to 6.1.2 without going to 6.1.3 ?

    • Fahad AlMaamari

      Sadly no

      • If he’s A4 and saved his blobs with tiny umbrella or RedSn0w (or even if Cydia has them) then yes he can!

    • Farbod

      U asked this in the other thread and assuming your not using an a4 device and even if you we’re you wouldn’t have saved the blobs cause you wouldn’t even know the purpose of them ( your question shows it), No

      • mrloko

        Lol i have 6.1 blobs bro..i downgraded to 5.1.1 from 6.1.3 now juat want to know whether i can update to 6.1.2

      • Farbod

        Well if you have 6.1.0 blobs you can only upgrade to that.

    • from what I’ve read you just download 6.1.2 ROM from internet, launch iTunes, shiftclick restore button and select that rom. I downloaded the file to update my wifes phone, but still waiting for her permission to perform.

      • probably I am misinforming you. I must have read some very doubtful source, cause from googling now, I see only that a5 devices cannot be restored to 6.1.2…

      • Correct. Apple stops “signing” (basically saying yes you can restore to this software) old software when newer software is released. As far as I know the only old iOS that is signed is 4.2.1 as I used to restore my iPhone 3G in iTunes all the time until I broke it. On the bright side though if I didn’t (accidentally) break my 3G I wouldn’t have got my 4S but that’s another story…

    • leart za jmi

      i am still on 5.1.1 on my 4s and i am glad that i dont upgraded to ios 6.
      I dont like ios 6, no google map, no youtube integration, battery life is bad and the jailbreak is not stable like in 5.1.1
      5.1.1 till next iphone 🙂

      • mrloko

        Yaa 5.1.1 is stable for me too..but i just dont want some tweak or app not supported for 5.1.1

      • leart za jmi

        Well, your lucky because with the iphone 4 and blobs you cant try different ios, enjoy it, for this i miss my iphone 4 🙂

  • Farbod

    I didn’t re-read my reply so I could have made it more polite. Thanks for the feedback