View, Zoom, and Pan with the iPad's Improved Maps App
Here’s a look at some ways that you can use the Maps app on your iPad — switching among views, zooming in and out, and panning. First, find out how to work with what you see on the screen.
Three views are available in the Maps app at any time: Standard, Hybrid, and Satellite. Select one view by tapping the curling page in the lower-right corner of the screen. The map then curls back and reveals the view buttons.
In Standard, Hybrid, or Satellite 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:
Zoom out: Pinch the map or tap using two fingers. To zoom out even more, pinch or tap using two fingers again.
This may be a new concept to you. To tap with two fingers, merely tap with two fingers touching the screen simultaneously (rather than the usual one finger).
Zoom in: Unpinch the map (some people refer to this as a spread) or double-tap (the usual way — with just one finger) the spot you want to zoom in on. Unpinch or double-tap with one finger again to zoom in even more.
An unpinch is the opposite of a pinch. Start with your thumb and a finger together and then spread them apart.
You can also unpinch with two fingers or two thumbs, one from each hand, but you’ll probably find that a single-handed pinch and unpinch are handier.
Scroll: Flick or drag up, down, left, or right.
On a third-generation iPad, you can tap the 3D button in the lower-left corner to see the map from a three-dimensional bird’s eye view.