The well-known US real estate website Zillow revealed an update to its iOS app on Monday, further integrating it with Apple services. Now, iPhone and iPad users can use Apple Maps’ Look Around function to explore a neighborhood’s surroundings straight within the Zillow app.
With Apple Maps’ Look Around feature, users can explore streets using 360-degree 3D photos. The iPhone and iPad’s built-in Maps app allows users to access this feature. Look Around is now available in the iOS app for Zillow thanks to the Apple Maps API.
Availability of Look Around in the Zillow app
The new experience, according to Zillow, gives buyers a “smoother and more intuitive way to explore houses, neighborhoods, and nearby points of interest.” When searching for a house or apartment in Zillow’s App, you can now easily look around the neighborhood using Apple’s 3D images without leaving the app.
Zillow’s Chief Technology Officer, David Beitel said that with the Look Around, shoppers can act faster and more confidently, whether they’re searching in their own neighborhood or hundreds or thousands of miles away. He further said that they are pushing the limits of what home buyers and renters can expect when searching for a home online. This isn’t the first time Zillow’s iPhone and iPad apps have been updated to take advantage of iOS APIs.
Last year, the platform added SharePlay support, allowing users to browse available houses and apartments with others via FaceTime. Support for iOS 16’s “Shared with You” feature is also included in today’s update.
The Zillow app is free to download from the App Store. It requires iOS 14 or later on an iPhone or iPad. It should be noted that Apple Maps’ Look Around feature is only available in certain regions.