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Developer: Apple quietly added VR “Godzilla” mode to Maps in iOS 11

Apple already had “Flyover” for Maps, which added some pre-scripted animations to the experience, but a new VR mode uses the iPhone cameras and sensors to change the view of the map based on the user’s movements. That’s according to Montreal-based developer Felix Lapalme (he defends his thesis in the comments of the below post). Lapalme … Continue reading “Developer: Apple quietly added VR “Godzilla” mode to Maps in iOS 11″

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Apple already had “Flyover” for Maps, which added some pre-scripted animations to the experience, but a new VR mode uses the iPhone cameras and sensors to change the view of the map based on the user’s movements. That’s according to Montreal-based developer Felix Lapalme (he defends his thesis in the comments of the below post). Lapalme says the new mode is powered by Apple’s augmented reality development tools, called ARKit.

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I asked Apple for comment on this, but have yet to hear back. I’ll update with any new information.

[Photo: Bandai Namco Entertainment America via Wikimedia Commons]

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