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Features of the iPhone Maps App

The iPhone Maps app offers some really cool features and capabilities. With the Maps app, you can find your current location; find a person, place, or thing; check out places from four different views; and use Contacts with your Maps app to pinpoint someone's location.

1

Find your current location with Maps.

Tap the Maps icon and then tap the show current location button, the little gray arrowhead shown in the margin and found in the lower-left corner of your screen.

A pulsating blue marker indicates your current location on the map when the phone’s GPS is used to find your location. In addition, the Location Services indicator, an arrowhead, appears to the left of the battery indicator in the status bar.

If GPS is not being used because you’re out of the satellite’s sight line, a somewhat larger pale blue circle shows your approximate location. Either way, when you move around, the iPhone updates your location and adjusts the map so that the location indicator stays in the middle of the screen.

2

Find a person, place, or thing with Maps.

To find a person, place, or thing with Maps, tap the search field at the top of the screen to make the keyboard appear. Now type what you’re looking for. You can search for addresses, zip codes, intersections, towns, landmarks, and businesses by category and by name, or combinations.

If the letters you type match names in your Contacts list, the matching contacts appear in a list below the search field. Tap a name to see a map of that contact’s location. The Maps app is smart about it, too, displaying only the names of contacts that have a street address.

When you finish typing, tap Search. After a few seconds, a map appears. If you searched for a single location, it’s marked with a single pushpin. If you searched for a category (Pizza 60645, for example), you see multiple pushpins, one for each matching location (pizza joints in or close to the 60645 zip code).

3

Change to any one of four views in Maps.

Four views are available at any time: standard (map), satellite, hybrid, and list. Select a view by first tapping the curling page in the lower-right corner of the screen. The map then curls back and reveals several buttons.

4

Check out Satellite view.

In standard (map), satellite, or hybrid view, you can zoom to see either more or less of the map — or scroll (pan) to see what’s above, below, or to the left or right of what’s on the screen.

5

Use Maps with Contacts.

Maps and contacts go together like peanut butter and jelly. For example, if you want to see a map of a contact’s street address, tap the little bookmarks icon to the right of the search field, tap the Contacts button at the bottom of the screen, and then tap the contact’s name.

Or type the first few letters of the contact’s name in the search field, and then tap the name in the list that automatically appears below the search field.

After you find a location by typing an address in Maps, you can add that location to one of your contacts. Or you can create a new contact with a location you’ve found. To do either, tap the location’s pushpin on the map, and then tap the little > in a blue circle to the right of the location’s name or description to display its Info screen.

Now tap the Add to Contacts button on the Info screen. You’ll probably have to scroll to the bottom of the Info screen to see this button.

 
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