How to Use Apple Maps AR Flyover Feature with iOS 11 on iPhone

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With iOS 11, Apple added the ability to view Flyover 3D modeling of large cities in Apple Maps. Since it’s an AR (augmented reality) feature, you can move your phone around to view the city in various ways. For example, if I make my phone parallel to the floor, I see a complete bird’s-eye view of the city. We’ll go over all the details of how to use the new AR Flyover feature in Apple Maps below.

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How to Use Apple Maps AR Flyover Feature with iOS 11

  • Open the Maps app.
  • Type in a large city, such as New York.
  • If the city you search for has the Flyover feature option, you’ll see Flyover on the screen. Tap on it.
  • Now you’re in AR Flyover mode! Move your phone around to see the city, just like you would if you were actually there. Try making your phone parallel with the floor for a bird’s-eye view.

  • You can zoom in and out as usual, by using two fingers to pinch or push.
  • If you want to see an overview of the city, tap Start City Tour at the bottom (when available).

Since this is a new feature, we expect Apple to add more cities and features in the future. For now, check out the available cities and let us know what you think of the feature in the comments below.

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