Look Around, the Apple Maps feature that offers 360-degree views of ground-floor locations, is starting to expand outside of the US. Unusually for Apple, it’s coming to Japan earlier than ever and is now live in four cities: Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya and Kyoto. The update was noticed by From a distance.
Look Around is essentially Apple’s answer to Google’s Street View. You can display it in supported areas by tapping the binoculars icon, which initially displays the Look Around view in an expandable pop-up window. The transitions between photos are smoother than in Street View, making it feel like you’re actually exploring the area.
Still, Apple is very slow with the rollout. Look Around first came to the U.S. last year as part of iOS 13, but it’s still only available in eight major locations, including Boston, San Francisco and New York City.
Apple also brought the updated map data to Japan nationwide. The company previously announced that the UK, Ireland and Canada would receive new maps this year as part of iOS 14.