Chapter 11 How Do I Use My iPhone to Navigate My World?

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Dedicated GPS 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 The old way — deciphering hastily scribbled directions or scratching your head over a possibly out-of-date map — was just too hard and error prone, so having a device tell you where to go (so to speak) was a no-brainer.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, e-book 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 the multifunction prowess of your iPhone to learn about the amazingly useful Maps app.

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 iPhone comes loaded not only with a way-cool Maps app but also a GPS receiver. Now your iPhone knows exactly where it is (and so, by extension, do you) and it can help you get where you want ...

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