Garmin adds Street View, public transit to its other iOS apps

The navigation software maker adds a few features Apple stripped out to its own apps in an effort to grab new iOS users.

Garmin's U.S.A. app on iOS.
Garmin's U.S.A. app on iOS. Garmin

Navigation company Garmin is continuing to capitalize on users who are in search of an alternative to Apple's new maps platform.

As part of an update to four of its iPhone apps today, the company added support for the iPhone 5 and iOS 6, as well as public transit features and Google's Street View -- two things that were removed in the big overhaul of Apple's own maps application.

Users can also add on a 3D panorama view that adds three-dimensional elevation views that Garmin says are sourced from data from NASA.

Not all of the features are free. While the addition of Street View is a freebie, users need to pay extra for the public transit data ($2.99) and 3D panorama view ($9.99) using in-app purchase.

The new features are available on Garmin's U.S.A. app, its North America app, its U.K. and Ireland app, and its Western Europe app.

The updates are the latest from Garmin in recent days. Last week the company updated Navigon and StreetPilot Onboard with public transit data and dropped the prices of its apps.

(via 9to5Mac)

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