Apple Maps 3D Flyover (Aix-en-Provence, France, iPhone screenshot 002)

Apple has already boosted 3D Flyover coverage of its Maps service in the United States, France and a bunch of other key markets around the world and today the company has expanded three-dimensional Flyover views in France, South Africa and Finland.

Customers residing in the cities of Marseille (France), Cape Town (South Africa) and Helsinki (Finland) can now take advantage of 3D Flyover maps, which Apple creates by crunching data obtained by sending a fleet of planes that capture high-resolution terrain imagery at multiple angles…

As noted by iGen.fr, Rasmus Sten and Edward Peinke (and others on Twitter), via 9to5Mac, 3D Flyover maps are now live in Marseille, France; Cape Town, South Africa and Helsinki, Finland.

Apple Maps 3D Flyover (Cape Town, South Africa, iPhone screenshot 001)Apple Maps 3D Flyover (Helsinki, Finland, iPhone screenshot 001)
South Africa’s Capetown (left) and F-Secure’s HQ in Finland, Helsinki (right).

Pictured top of post: a 3D view of Aix-en-Provence in France.

We also know from Apple’s frequent posts on its Jobs site that the Maps team is working on enabling transit data. The iPhone maker has been working to improve Maps following user complaints and media criticism over sometimes grossly inaccurate data.

Since Apple Maps’ debut in 2012, the company has tasked its team of so-called Ground Truth specialists with comparing Maps data to real-life. After the team felt confident that the service’s accuracy had improved substantially, Apple went on to add a native Maps app for the Mac to last October’s OS X Mavericks release.

If this job post is an indication, a secret Maps project is in the works.

And with Apple’s $350 million PrimeSense acquisition, some watchers speculate that the motion-sensing gestural technology will be used strategically to improve Maps accuracy.

And how satisfied have you been thus far with Apple’s Flyover coverage in your area? Do 3D Flyovers exist in your area yet? If so, has the coverage improved in past months?

  • Rowan09

    Just checked and they have Flyover in my neighborhood and I live in the Suburbs. It was done within the last 4-5 months from the picture. Is Google maps the only one that can use Street View?

  • workin

    Sorry, Apple maps still suck.
    Shows my house is 10km away, directions commonly fail and try searching for anything-fail!-and I live in a major North American city with 3d flyover on iPhone 4

  • Laszlo Gaspar

    I live in a rural area in the UK and there is no flyover anywhere near me. I doubt there will be anything for years given my location.

  • jack

    by the pace of the flyover progress I’ll have it in my location in 2075

  • Nada Touma

    I live in Helsinki
    The flyover is really not satisfactory as the images are always crooked.
    Any fixing in the near future?