Beat this, Apple! Google conquers El Capitan (on Street View)
Thanks to iOS and Android, Apple and Google have been locked in a battle with each other for years now.
Which is why it’s all the more ironic that Google would choose to unveil its latest Street View feature by letting users scale Yosemite’s “El Capitan” — the vertical rock formation which just so happens to also be the name of Apple’s next OS X iteration.
Google partnered with renowned climbers Lynn Hill, Alex Honnold and Tony Caldwell to get hold of the vertigo-inducing pictures — allowing users the experience of “climbing” up to El Capitan’s nose 3,000 feet above ground level.
You can check out the finished images here, or a behind-the-scenes video below. Given the amount of work it takes to map one cliff face, I can’t see this being a feature Google rolls out everywhere in a hurry, but it’s certainly a neat one.
And while the OS X crossover could just be coincidence, it definitely serves as a pretty neat “top this!” to Apple at a time when it’s strongly rumored to be launching its own Street View rival.