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iPhone and iPod touch iOS 6 Essential Training
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Getting your location with Maps


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iPhone and iPod touch iOS 6 Essential Training

with Garrick Chow

Video: Getting your location with Maps

The Maps application is one of the most useful built-in apps on the iPhone, at least for me. From figuring out where you are in a strange city to locating nearby restaurants and services, to seeing what the local traffic conditions are like, all of these capabilities and lots more are built into the Maps app. Let's tap Maps to open it up. If you see a message saying that Maps would like to use your current location, tap OK. That's just to confirm that you know that your iPhone is going to try to figure out where you are and you'll see this message for any app that tries to access your location information.
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  1. 1m 21s
    1. Welcome
      1m 21s
  2. 45m 36s
    1. A tour around the iPhone and iPod touch
      6m 33s
    2. The Home screen and Home button
      2m 49s
    3. Organizing apps on the Home screen with folders
      1m 10s
    4. Running apps and multitasking
      3m 59s
    5. Choosing and controlling your sounds
      4m 36s
    6. Learning finger gestures
      3m 36s
    7. Connecting to wi-fi networks
      3m 12s
    8. Using the Notification Center
      3m 48s
    9. Using Twitter and Facebook
      4m 37s
    10. Charging the iPhone or iPod touch
      3m 31s
    11. Setting up an Apple ID account on an iPhone or iPod touch
      3m 18s
    12. Printing from an iPhone using AirPrint
      2m 11s
    13. Displaying the iPhone screen on a TV
      2m 16s
  3. 19m 19s
    1. Understanding the keyless keyboard
      3m 10s
    2. Fixing typos and trusting autocorrection
      6m 59s
    3. Exploring Select, Cut, Copy, and Paste
      2m 12s
    4. Hidden shortcuts
      1m 28s
    5. Syncing a Bluetooth keyboard
      2m 9s
    6. Adding international and emoji keyboards
      3m 21s
  4. 37m 35s
    1. Getting the latest version of iTunes
      1m 49s
    2. Connecting your iPhone to your Mac or PC
      4m 27s
    3. Syncing music, movies, and ringtones
      7m 5s
    4. Syncing photos from a Mac
      5m 2s
    5. Syncing photos from a PC
      2m 59s
    6. Syncing contacts and calendars from a Mac
      3m 7s
    7. Syncing contacts and calendars from a PC
      3m 9s
    8. Backup options
      3m 25s
    9. Wireless syncing
      2m 33s
    10. Using iTunes Match
      3m 59s
  5. 1h 2m
    1. Basic phone activities
      2m 56s
    2. Adding and managing favorites
      3m 0s
    3. Accessing voicemail
      3m 59s
    4. Receiving calls
      5m 31s
    5. Using the iPhone during a call
      5m 21s
    6. Using FaceTime
      4m 49s
    7. Making conference calls
      2m 52s
    8. Adding recent calls to your contacts
      1m 46s
    9. Sharing contacts
      2m 46s
    10. Assigning specific photos and ringtones to your contacts
      3m 20s
    11. Using the included headset
      2m 42s
    12. Using a Bluetooth headset
      3m 33s
    13. Forwarding calls
      1m 47s
    14. Turning Call Waiting on and off
      1m 13s
    15. Turning Caller ID on and off
      1m 19s
    16. Creating custom ringtones with iTunes
      5m 53s
    17. Texting and using iMessages
      9m 52s
  6. 36m 25s
    1. Importing email accounts from your computer
      2m 0s
    2. Setting up Exchange, iCloud, Gmail, Yahoo!, Hotmail, or AOL email accounts
      3m 36s
    3. Setting up other types of email accounts
      2m 10s
    4. Keeping your iPhone or iPod touch email synced with your computer
      5m 4s
    5. Composing email
      4m 6s
    6. Receiving and reading email
      7m 4s
    7. Assigning VIPs
      2m 41s
    8. Searching your mailboxes
      2m 56s
    9. Setting mail options
      6m 48s
  7. 31m 42s
    1. Web browsing with Safari
      7m 28s
    2. Saving bookmarks and viewing the History list
      5m 15s
    3. Saving images
      2m 41s
    4. Filling out forms and using AutoFill
      4m 4s
    5. Creating web clips
      2m 30s
    6. Using Reader and the Reading List
      2m 37s
    7. Creating a personal hotspot
      3m 59s
    8. Using iCloud tabs
      3m 8s
  8. 28m 3s
    1. Browsing your library
      2m 43s
    2. Playing and controlling music
      6m 20s
    3. Playing and controlling video
      3m 34s
    4. Using the included earbud controls
      3m 36s
    5. Adjusting your iPod settings
      5m 0s
    6. Browsing and buying with the iTunes app
      3m 37s
    7. Using AirPlay to stream content wirelessly from an iPhone to an Apple TV or AirPort Express
      3m 13s
  9. 50m 59s
    1. Shooting still photos with your iPhone
      8m 0s
    2. Improving your photos using HDR and gridlines
      3m 19s
    3. Shooting panoramas
      2m 54s
    4. Viewing and editing still images
      7m 29s
    5. Customizing your wallpaper
      2m 44s
    6. Shooting video
      3m 5s
    7. Viewing and editing video
      2m 52s
    8. Taking screenshots
      1m 19s
    9. Sharing photos and video
      5m 50s
    10. Geotagging your photos
      4m 45s
    11. Creating albums
      2m 16s
    12. Creating a Shared Photo Stream
      6m 26s
  10. 22m 39s
    1. Getting your location with Maps
      4m 20s
    2. Finding addresses and nearby businesses
      3m 11s
    3. Bookmarking locations
      3m 3s
    4. Getting directions
      4m 35s
    5. Showing traffic and alternate maps
      2m 46s
    6. Using 3D and Flyover views
      2m 31s
    7. Using the Compass app
      2m 13s
  11. 19m 26s
    1. Adding events to your calendar
      5m 35s
    2. Subscribing to calendars
      2m 3s
    3. Setting Time Zone Support
      2m 23s
    4. Using the Clock app
      6m 7s
    5. Setting reminders
      3m 18s
  12. 8m 42s
    1. Using the Notes app
      4m 12s
    2. Using the Voice Memos app
      4m 30s
  13. 12m 29s
    1. Passbook
      6m 35s
    2. Stocks
      3m 6s
    3. Calculator
      44s
    4. Weather
      2m 4s
  14. 17m 8s
    1. Browsing the App Store through iTunes
      4m 50s
    2. Browsing the App Store on the iPhone or iPod touch
      5m 9s
    3. Purchasing apps
      6m 24s
    4. Finding app settings
      45s
  15. 22m 41s
    1. Airplane mode
      1m 42s
    2. Wi-Fi
      3m 1s
    3. Do Not Disturb
      3m 16s
    4. About
      2m 32s
    5. Usage
      3m 52s
    6. Date & Time settings
      1m 30s
    7. Restrictions
      3m 25s
    8. Privacy
      3m 23s
  16. 12m 9s
    1. Using Auto-Lock
      1m 15s
    2. Exploring Passcode Lock
      5m 16s
    3. Using Find My iPhone
      5m 38s
  17. 20m 38s
    1. Introducing Siri
      7m 25s
    2. Listening and responding to messages
      2m 37s
    3. Setting reminders
      2m 48s
    4. Dictating in apps
      1m 40s
    5. Voice control for non-Siri-capable iPhones
      6m 8s
  18. 16m 41s
    1. Begin by restarting
      1m 29s
    2. Force-quitting apps
      1m 16s
    3. Rebooting
      45s
    4. Resetting
      1m 47s
    5. Erasing and restoring
      5m 12s
    6. Checking for updates
      1m 27s
    7. Extending battery life
      4m 45s
  19. 32s
    1. Goodbye
      32s

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iPhone and iPod touch iOS 6 Essential Training
7h 46m Appropriate for all Dec 21, 2012

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Discover how to get the most out of your iPhone or iPod touch, from making calls, browsing the web, managing your time, and getting around town to taking notes, shooting photos, and listening to music. In this course, author Garrick Chow shows how to perform all of these tasks and more, and introduces the enhancements built into iOS 6, including enhanced language support and commands for Siri, shared photo streams, and the new Reply with Message feature for handling incoming calls. The course also includes hands-on demonstrations on how to accurately type and efficiently use finger gestures, and offers tips for personalizing the setup of the iPhone and iPod touch. An extensive section on troubleshooting helps when the occasional glitch happen.

Topics include:
  • Organizing and purchasing apps
  • Controlling sounds
  • Using Twitter and Facebook
  • Selecting, cutting, copying, and pasting text
  • Syncing music, movies, photos, contacts, and calendars with your computer
  • Making video calls with FaceTime
  • Forwarding calls
  • Setting up email accounts from Gmail, iCloud, and other services
  • Browsing the web
  • Playing music
  • Shooting photos and video
  • Setting up events, reminders, and alarms
  • Protecting your iPhone or iPod
Subjects:
Business Productivity Home + Small Office iPhone, iPod, iPad
Software:
iOS iPhone
Author:
Garrick Chow

Getting your location with Maps

The Maps application is one of the most useful built-in apps on the iPhone, at least for me. From figuring out where you are in a strange city to locating nearby restaurants and services, to seeing what the local traffic conditions are like, all of these capabilities and lots more are built into the Maps app. Let's tap Maps to open it up. If you see a message saying that Maps would like to use your current location, tap OK. That's just to confirm that you know that your iPhone is going to try to figure out where you are and you'll see this message for any app that tries to access your location information.

Most of the time when you're using Maps you'll want to start off by figuring out where you currently are. Unless you were previously using another function like getting directions or searching for a business, Maps should automatically hone in on and display your approximate location. If it doesn't, just tap the Locate button in the bottom left-hand corner. After a moment, a blue dot will appear giving you your location. Depending on where you are, which iPhone you're using, or whether you're using an iPod touch, the accuracy of your location will vary. If you're on an iPhone which contains an internal compass, tapping the Locate button again rotates the map to orient it with the direction you're facing, which can be a big help especially in cities like New York where emerging from the subway can be disorienting.

If you face a different direction you'll see the map rotate along with you. Tap the Locate button a third time to leave Compass mode. After leaving Compass mode you might find that your map is no longer oriented with north at the top of the screen. You can manually rotate the orientation with two fingers or you can tap the compass icon in the upper right hand corner to reorient the map. Compass mode is only available on the iPhone 3GS or later. If you're using an earlier iPod touch or any iPhone released before the iPhone 3GS, the Locate button just toggles between on and off.

Another advantage of having the Locate button is that you can also bring the map back to your current location. So if you're browsing some other section of the map, just tap Locate to scroll back to your current location. Now when you tap the Locate button at first, you'll probably see a large circle encompassing a pretty wide area on the map around your general location. This is Maps' first guess at where you are. After a couple of moments the map should zoom in and a blue dot inside a lighter blue circle will appear. This should be a more accurate representation of your location.

If you're using an iPod touch, this is probably the extent of how well Maps is going to find you. If you're on an iPhone 3G or later, after another moment, a pulsing circle around the blue dot should appear. This is ideally what you want to see because it indicates that the iPhone is actively tracking your location and the dot will move along the map as you drive or walk around. So how does Maps accomplish this? Well it depends on the device you're using. Every iPhone since the iPhone 3G contains actual GPS chips similar to the ones found in portable GPS devices you can get for your car.

So if you're outdoors with a clear view of the sky, your phone should be able to get a pretty accurate read on your location. But if you're indoors or in a city with lots of tall buildings, the GPS chip won't work as well or not at all. Fortunately all iPhone models as well as the iPod touch can still find your location using two other methods. The first is by referencing a database containing information about Wi-Fi networks found all over the world. Wi-Fi networks are so prevalent these days that Apple has collected data, mostly in large urban areas, figuring out that by determining which Wi-Fi networks are overlapping with each other, you can determine your approximate location.

Now this doesn't mean you have to connect to any strange Wi-Fi networks. Your iPhone or iPod touch has the ability to detect nearby Wi-Fi networks and using that information it can figure out where you are. Of course this means that you have to have Wi-Fi turned on and it won't work in locations where there isn't a heavy volume of Wi-Fi networks. The third method, which is available to all iPhones but not to the iPod touch is to use signals from nearby cellular towers to triangulate your location. This method works similarly to the Wi-Fi system, but instead uses signals from cell towers to figure out your general location.

If this is the only available information to your iPhone, your location display won't be as accurate, but it should pinpoint your general area within a couple of blocks which is still close enough for you to find a local restaurant or business. So those are the methods the iPhones and the iPod touch use to find your location. And once you have your location, you can search for all kinds of things. We'll explore more in the upcoming movies.

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