After well over a year of not receiving an update of any sort, National Geographic World Atlas has finally received a major update.
As stated in the app’s new App Store description: “National Geographic has taken its award-winning World Atlas and updated it completely for 2013 with a new look, improved functionality, and brand new features.”
Check out the list below for the key changes delivered by the update, which bumps the app to version 3.0:
- Completely redesigned!
- Updated country information!
- Brand new, seamless, high-resolution world map layers!
- Store pins in the cloud and share them across devices
- Add and customize collections of map pins
- Get up-to-the-minute weather for countries and capital cities
- Currency Calculator lets you check the latest currency conversion rates
- Latitude and Longitude indication included throughout
Quite a nice set of features, right? Apparently, though, not a few users have been up in arms about an unexpected omission brought about by the update.
One of the most popular features of National Geographic World Atlas, or at least its prior versions, is the option to download and store maps for offline use. Well, for some reason, that option is nowhere to be found in National Geographic World Atlas 3.0.
In response to complaints concerning the matter, the National Geographic Society has issued a note informing users that the option will be restored in the app’s next update. Until then, though, you might want to skip this one.
Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad running iOS 5.0 or later, National Geographic World Atlas 3.0 is available now as a free update or as a new $1.99 download.