Smart Map Tricks for Your iPad

By Edward C. Baig, Bob LeVitus

The Maps app on your iPad has some tricks up its sleeve. You may as well make use of every little secret (or not so secret) function that you can. Here are a few nifty features that you may find useful.

Getting traffic info in real time

You can find out the traffic conditions for the map you’re viewing by tapping the little i-in-a-circle in the lower-right corner of the map and then tapping Show Traffic. If it says Hide Traffic, don’t tap — the option is already on.

Major roadways are color-coded to inform you of the current traffic speed. Here’s the key: Orange dots show slowdowns, and red dashes show stop-and-go traffic.

Lower Manhattan at 10:21 on a weekday morning has more traffic than most other cities at the peak o

Lower Manhattan at 10:21 on a weekday morning has more traffic than most other cities at the peak of rush hour.

To report an incident, tap the little i-in-a-circle, then tap Report a Problem. To see an incident report, tap a marker on the map.

Traffic info doesn’t work in every location. The only way to find out is to give it a try and see whether color codes appear. And because Maps works only when you have a network connection, you won’t see traffic info if you’re not connected.

Getting more info about a location

If a location has a little right arrow to the right of its name or description, you can tap it to see additional information about that location.

You can get directions to or from that location, add the location to your favorites or contacts, or create a contact from it. With some locations, you can do two more things from the location’s info screen:

  • Tap the location’s email address to launch the Mail app and send an email to the location.

  • Tap the location’s URL to launch Safari and view the location’s website.