Google Earth 3.0 for iPhone released; includes native support for iPad

Google Earth’s iPhone application has just been updated to version 3.0. The changes in the iPhone version are fairly minor (road layers finally available), but the big news is a native version for the iPad. Rather than having to stretch the iPhone view to see it on the larger screen, you now get a beautiful version that looks stunning on your iPad.
As ReadWriteWeb puts it, “it’s almost as if Google Earth was originally designed for the iPad“.


If you’ve used Google Earth on the iPhone, you’ll find the iPad version to be quite similar in terms of features and controls. It’s a beautiful way to use Google Earth, and it’s a must-have for all iPad users.
Neither version supports the “tracks” and “elevation profiles” that were unveiled yesterday with Google Earth 5.2, but they’re expected to be added in a future release.
You can download it from the iTunes Store here.
(via Ogle Earth)

About Mickey Mellen

Mickey has been using Google Earth since it was released in 2005, and has created a variety of geo-related sites including Google Earth Hacks. He runs a web design firm in Marietta, GA, where he lives with his wife and two kids.


  1. Vítor Araújo says:

    Now if you could update the Android version to support FroYo’s App2SD, that would be great.
    We can’t have it using 22 MB of internal storage.

  2. I absolutely love the ipad and I love Google Earth, so this rocks!!!

  3. Cheng Chai Fung says:

    I very love the Google Earth with my iPod. However, why you can’t release the software for Hong Kong user??? I can’t find it from the apps store with my Hong Kong ac… TT

  4. It badly needs the ability to overlay custom KML! Or am I missing something?

  5. I guess double clicking a KML file on the Ipad I got the wife is not going to work, and I’m not ready to blow away all the brownie points I got getting it for her just yet trying it.

  6. I think they already added “elevation profiles” in, if I am not mistaken. This is a great app, and I use it every time I need to go to previously unseen meeting location. I look up how the buildings look like, and which side of the road the parking will be. When I get there, I feel much more calm – even with a lot of traffic.
    The best invention ever.

  7. Alex Prodan says:

    Unfortunately it’s not available to download from the appstore from Romania…

  8. What’s completely iirritates me is you still can’t get google earth in Hong Kong, due to restrictions imposed by china yet you can install ios6 use apples native map software!

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