View, Zoom, and Pan with the iPad's Improved Maps App - dummies

View, Zoom, and Pan with the iPad’s Improved Maps App

To use what you find out from the Maps app on your iPad, you first need to find out how to work with what you see on the screen. Three views are available at any time: Standard, Hybrid, and Satellite.

Select a view by tapping the little i-in-a-circle in the lower-right corner of the screen; an overlay appears with the view buttons and several other options.


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 gesture 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 to pan your view of the map.

Tap the 3D button at the bottom of the screen to see the map from a three-dimensional bird’s-eye view.