iPhone-Maps

by HSG on Oct 27, 2012 in DYK iPhone

One of the most recent updates to the iPhone, and more specifically the operating system that is packaged with the iPhone, iOS, brought one of the most fantastic and phenomenal updates ever: an update to Maps. Maps has been used as an application that provides an easy way to find routes, and (obviously) maps about certain areas, businesses in the local vicinity, and also leaving pins on favorited locations, or pins where you have explored, and for many other reasons. However, although Maps has always been a great way to travel with, it has always been redundant to travel with, also. When you used Maps a while ago, you had to route your map, and then manually click each next button as you reached each turn or freeway exit, and the like. So, if you had to turn left on a certain street, you had to tell your phone you had done so, so it would give you the next directions. As a result, it could become very dangerous to always have your phone out, looking at it, while you are on a high-speed freeway. But, the newest update solved that, and brought a great amount of new features.

Using Maps GPS

Using Maps is as easy as it gets. Most of the time, when you are using Maps, you are using it to search for a location, and finding a way to get there. To start off, let’s search for the nearest mall, and routes to get there. Simply search a nearby mall you know about, or search the general word “mall” by tapping on the top text box, and typing in mall, and searching. Pins will drop down on the screen, and locating the mall by zooming into certain streets and locations will help you find the mall you want. Once you find the mall you desire to go to, click on the blue arrow, and scroll down, and tap on the button that says “Directions To Here.”

 

As a result of tapping on that particular button, a new window should show up asking where your starting location is. On default, this location is your current location; if it is anything else, simply type in the starting location into the top address bar, such as your house. Once you are ready to go, tap on route, and you should be ready to go. Well, not exactly. One of the best features that has been implemented in the new system is suggested routes, and alternative routes. If you don’t like to drive on certain streets, or roads, the system provides you with different methods to get to your destination, which may avoid a road you don’t feel like driving on that certain day, or time, or you simply don’t want to take the freeway. It’s all okay, as Maps provides you with many different routes to take. Once you find the route you want (by tapping on the certain route’s outline), click start, and you should be ready to go. Make sure you turn up your volume so you can hear the directions!

Maps for Alternative Transportation

Recently, Maps has added the feature to make routes to your destinations by providing alternative means of transportation. Most of the time, if you are Living in a bigger city that has means of alternative transportation that is effective, and more effective than simply driving yourself to your destination, Maps usually will have bus routes that will provide to your needs, and if not, you should be able to get routes from a certain selection of transit maps that are either free or cost money.

 

Do not worry, however, many of the free applications provide ample enough information to get you to your destination all in one piece, without having to jump the hurdle of paying dollars upon dollars just to take the bus routes to get to your destination. However, once you do find an application, you will be able to enter in your route, and find bus times and bus routes that will suit your method of transportation, and you will be well on your way with Maps, and alternative means of transportation.

 

However, using buses are not always an option people want to take. Using your legs for what they are made for is always a great way to get to your destination, and Maps accommodates for such. Maps helps find sidewalk ready, or pedestrian friendly streets to assist you in finding a route to your destination through walking. Not only that, this feature is especially useful in allowing you to find running routes to destinations if you want to run on safe roads with pedestrian friendly traffic.

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