Cook—along with Macworld—suggested that users stymied by missing features (or landmarks) in the Maps app in iOS 6 turn to providers like Google instead. The Google Maps mobile site works reasonably well on the iPhone. But until this week, that mobile app lacked access to Street View, which shows photographs for many street addresses around the world. Now, you simply tap the Street View icon—a blue person on a gray background—to launch Street View for the address you’re looking at, and the website opens a new mobile browser tab with the photograph you’re after. As you’d expect, you can swipe around the Street View with your finger, and it works in both portrait and landscape modes. Street View looks particularly good if you access iOS 6’s new full-screen Safari mode in landscape.
iOS 6’s Maps include a feature called Flyover, which offers pseudo-3D overhead views of major cities. Apple won’t be able to offer a service that rivals Google’s Street View unless it decides to send out its own fleet of cars to photograph the world’s roads.