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iPad™ Portable Genius by Paul McFedries

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Chapter 12. How Do I Use iPad to Navigate My World?

How Do I Use iPad to Navigate My World?

Dedicated GPS (Global Positioning System) devices have become gasp-inducingly popular over the past few years because it's not easy finding your way around in a strange city or an unfamiliar part of town. The old way — hastily scribbled directions or scratching your head over a possibly out-of-date map — was just too hard and error-prone, so having a device tell you where to go (so to speak) was a no-brainer. However, dedicated devices, whether they're music players, eBook readers, or GPS receivers, are going the way of the Dodo. They're being replaced by multifunction devices that can play music, read books, and display maps. In this chapter, you take advantage of your iPad's own multifunction prowess to learn about two navigation tools: the Maps app and the Compass.

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Finding Your Way with Maps and GPS

When you're out in the real world trying to navigate your way between the proverbial points A and B, the questions often come thick and fast. "Where am I now?" "Which turn do I take?" "What's the traffic like on the highway?" "Can I even get there from here?" Fortunately, the answers to those and similar questions are now just a few finger taps away. That's because your iPad comes loaded not only with a way-cool Maps app brought to you by the good folks at Google, but it also ...

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