Apple expands Maps 3D flyover coverage in France

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Good news, folks. Apple has expanded 3D flyover coverage in its Maps app for France. Specifically, Paris, Versailles, Aulnay-sous-Bois, Disneyland Paris, and to L’Hay-les-Roses have gotten the 3D treatment. Before this update, only Lyon had 3D flyover coverage.

“Flyover” means you can view a photograph-quality, interactive view of a city. Zoom in our out, pan around and explore an area in fine detail. I found the Eiffel Tower earlier on my phone, was able  to zoom in on the tower itself and trace the route I walked along the sidewalk back to my hotel.

Apple’s Maps app was dramatically revamped when iOS 6 was introduced, and the result fell flat for a huge number of users. Apparently, the folks on the Maps team are working hard to make the application a viable choice for users once again.

The Louvre adopts 5,000 Nintendo 3DSs for audio tours

The Louvre museum in Paris is preparing to let visitors use the Nintendo 3Ds as an electronic guide to its vast collection. The devices will be loaded up with audio tours and specially designed itineraries. Nintendo also says that it’s developed additional special content for the museum, though details were unavailable at the time of this writing.

I think it’s a great idea. When I visited the Louvre three years ago, I had Musée du Louvre on my iPhone. While it provided a map and details on most of the major works, it really didn’t offer anything that wasn’t included on the free brochure. I’d like to see the special content developed just for the 3Ds, and hope it goes beyond maps, photos and simple descriptions.

[Via TechCrunch]