For a magnetometer-equipped Apple iPhone (please see related article below), the first killer app may be “Google Maps Street View in Compass Mode,” Philip Elmer-DeWitt reports for Fortune.
Street View “allows you to scroll through thousands of 360-degree panoramic street-level photographs of locations in the United States, Europe, Australia and Japan,” Elmer-DeWitt reports.
But an Apple iPhone with a built-in magnetometer would take “Street View one step further. Rather than having to drag or click to navigate the images of a particular street corner, you could just swing the phone up, down, left or right,” Elmer-DeWitt reports. “The image on the screen shifts as the phone does, creating an effect not unlike the one you would get through a built-in camera if you were actually standing on that street corner, rather than just visiting it in cyberspace.”
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Google Street View in Compass Mode demo with a magnetometer-equipped device (HTC’s G1):
It’ll certainly make for a great iPhone TV commercial that’ll be so much more widely-run and well-placed than anything from T-Mobile that… well, you get the point.