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Mapping company UpNext has released a new iPad app with its 3D mapping technology. The app shows uses points of interest and friends Foursquare check-ins to help users navigate on a 3D representation of close to 50 cities. TechCrunch, writing about the app, says:

I am seriously impressed. The resolution is great and the onscreen update speed is amazing. It offers the best of services like Google Maps alongside real city imagery, allowing you to use the map to orient yourself in 3D space. A blinking dot on a 2D street-scape works, but a 3D dot in a 3D city works even better.


The app boasts what UpNext calls "enhanced 3D" for 22 cities, with rich building and road detail:

Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Honolulu, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, St. Paul, Washington DC

UpNext HD Maps for iPad is available free on the App Store. [Direct Link]

Top Rated Comments

Laika37 Avatar
135 months ago
...and some people still say the iPad is just a big iPod touch. Can't do that on an iPod touch.

You could if it was bigger
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Digitalclips Avatar
135 months ago
Good effort and quite fun, if obviously very beta. When Apple release their own 3D mapping system based on the SAAB technology this sort of application will be doomed, I would not want to be an investor that's for sure.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
pointlessly Avatar
135 months ago
Pretty. Cute. Pointless.

When you have applications that show you actual street photographs, how is a 3D map any better, especially when the buildings don't really look like the actual buildings? They try, sure, but don't come close. So it's another "gee whiz" app that's redundant. And then there's the advertisement at the bottom of the map that bears no relation to my interests. If you want turn-by-turn on your iPhone and iPad go with waze. :cool:
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nagromme Avatar
135 months ago
Just to be clear:

The app in question is "UpNext HD Maps,” not “UpNext 3D Cities,” which is older and only has half a dozen or so cities right now—but which does support iPhone.

(It also seems to take up more space on your device, pre-downloading your chosen citi(es); compared to this newer app which streams as near as I can tell—but may therefore depend on an Internet connection all the time? I haven’t checked what else differs between the two.)
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Pigumon Avatar
135 months ago
You could if it was bigger

It's not JUST a bigger iPod Touch, it's FINALLY a bigger iPod Touch. :)

Useful screen space was all the Touch was lacking.



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Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
thekeyring Avatar
135 months ago
...and some people still say the iPad is just a big iPod touch. Can't do that on an iPod touch.
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