iOS 7 Tips & Tricks: Maps

Our iPhones and iPads are capable of amazing things, but most of us only use a small percentage of their abilities. In this weekly column I share tips and tricks for beginners, or anyone who wants to harness the full power of their iDevice. This week, I'm going to give you some tips for Maps in iOS 7.

1. Recently Visited Areas

If you want to get a look into your routines, Maps now lets you view your most recently visited areas. Go to Settings > Privacy > Location Services > System Services > Frequent Locations. 

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When this is on, you can view your location history on a map. Opt to use frequent locations to improve Apple Maps and it will learn your location patterns to better predict how long it will take you to get to your next meeting.

2. Walking Routes

The Quick Route button now gives you an estimated travel time indication, along with an info button to the right of the destination. Tap Quick Route and Maps will provide not only choices for driving routes, but walking directions if the location is within walking distance. In Settings, you can now choose whether you prefer driving or walking as the default for directions.

3. Tilt and rotate your view

As you’re looking at a map, use two fingers to tilt or rotate the view. Maps now keeps the names of the streets and places where they belong. 

4. Share a pin

In Maps, drop a pin on a location you want to share, tap the pin and select Share. Now you can share the location via AirDrop, Messages, Mail, Twitter, or Facebook.

5. Flyover Landmarks

Tap the 3D icon to switch to Flyover view and explore certain cities from the air. You can zoom, pan, and rotate around landmarks, such as the Golden Gate Bridge.

Another change you will notice in iOS 7 Maps is a new Night Mode that is automatically enabled after the sun sets. The feature in the turn-by-turn navigation window displays a dark gray background in place of the bright white shown during the day. 

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Paula is a freelance media broadcaster and journalist. She enjoys life at home with her husband, two kids, two dogs, two cats and a parrot. Her iPhone is never more than two feet away from her and she can't imagine life without it.