The iPhone 8 & iPhone X, with iOS 11, has a brand new feature called Augmented Reality. Using Apple’s new ARKit framework, app developers can create 3D experiences that appear to take place in the real world. It’s a major challenger to Virtual Reality, which has failed to catch on in a mainstream way so far.
This new feature for the iPhone 8 looks to be intertwined with Flyover, a software that replaces satellite imagery with three-dimensional buildings, landmarks and other points of interest.
If you want to try it out for yourself, then the following instructions will show you how.
How to open enable Augmented Reality in Apple Maps
- Open the Maps app
- After that, tap the “3D” toggle to switch on 3D mode
- Then use the search field at the bottom to find a place that has Flyover
- On the place card, tap the Flyover button and move the device around to turn the view
If that doesn’t tickle your fancy, you can actually move forward, backward or side ward to explore the map in VR in real time.
With this tool, you can now tour particular cities just by walking and spinning around the room with your iPhone 8. How awesome is that?