Tony, this is true, but we only get the benefit of seeing our point cloud or model atop the map within the synth viewer.
When you guys first released geo-alignment, it was absolutely fascinating for me to watch the frustum of light for each photo shine its way over the map. Something about filling in the holes in the point cloud with the map tiles was very attractive.
Although I have enjoyed the return of the thumbnail panel along the lower edge of the viewer from the CTP days, I really loved having that little mini synth viewer in the right margin of the synth editor from the early weeks of geo-alignment, so that if I chose to navigate via the [.] and [,] keys to step through the photos in chronological order so that I could watch my shooting path traced on the map. With the thumnnail panel, the navigation keys other than spacebar become useless.
I too am still hoping that end users can view any synth at their own leisure, using map tiles for the ground plane.