Where To? 11 adds Augmented Reality, place collections and much more, now free to download
The new Augmented Reality (AR) view visualizes nearby locations in the live camera view, on top of reality. Users can point their iPhone at the street scene and view nearby shops and services without having to read a map or list. AR in Where To? works worldwide and is not restricted to a few supported cities as in the Apple Maps app.
Favorite places can now be organized in collections, for example for an upcoming trip. Collections can be imported from KML, KMZ or GPX and can be shared with friends.
Navigating to a selected place is easier than ever with Where To? 11: Along with the option to get directions from more than 60 supported third party apps, the integrated wayfinder is more prominent and now also offers public transport directions, in addition to the existing car, bike and pedestrian routing.
Being a first class citizen on iOS, Where To? 11 supports dark mode, adds context menus in various places, and improves its Siri integration by letting the users install a “Search nearby” Siri shortcut. When speaking the activation phrase, Siri refines the question by asking for the category the user wants to search for.
Where To? 11 also offers configurable home screen widgets in various types and sizes. They can show selected or the last viewed places or categories.
Also new in version 11 is the share sheet extension “Open Location in Where To?”. It detects addresses in text or websites but also opens places from other apps. As an example, the user can open places from travel apps such as Booking.com, OpenTable or Foursquare and save them in a collection. The Maps apps from Apple, Google, and others, many websites with place information, and text selections with addresses are supported, too.
On the content level, Where To? 11 adds price ranges, home delivery options for restaurants, increases the number of locations with menus and reservation options and supports photos in reviews.
New business model
Where To? is now free to download and the standard feature set is free. A Where To? PRO subscription is available at $2.99/year with a one week free trial being available. The subscription is required for the following premium features: AR, directions, favorites & collections and location reminders. Existing users who purchased the app receive a free, lifetime Where To? PRO subscription.
“By going free, we lower the barrier to download the app”, says Ortwin Gentz, FutureTap CEO. “We encourage everyone to try out Where To? as an alternative for their location finding needs.“ Where To? puts a strong focus on user privacy and doesn’t create any user tracking profiles. “We’re not in the business to sell our users’ data“, Gentz adds.
Where To? 11 improvements in a nutshell:
• Augmented Reality
• Place collections with import & export
• Directions with public transport support
• Dark mode
• Context menus
• Improved “Add to Siri”
• “Open Location in Where To?” for the share sheet
• Home delivery services, more dinner menus and reservation options
• Photos in reviews
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Contact: Ortwin Gentz, CEO, email@example.com, Twitter: @ortwingentz
FutureTap is an iPhone app developer since day zero of the App Store. "Where To?" was one of the first 500 apps when the App Store launched in July 2008 and has been sold more than 600.000 times since then. Ortwin Gentz, its founder and lead developer, is a longtime Mac and iPhone developer and received two Apple Design Awards.
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