Using the Compass app


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Using the Compass app

As mentioned earlier in this chapter, with the iPhone 3GS and later, Apple included a built-in digital compass. This compass is what allows the iPhone to, among other things, show you which way you're currently facing in the Maps app but it also powers the included Compass app. As you can see, the Compass app is designed to look and act like a real compass, and it acts like a real compass because it is a real compass running off a real magnetometer. So as you rotate the iPhone around, the compass continues to point North while also displaying the current heading as well as the current longitude and latitude position.

Now if you're familiar with using compasses you know there's a difference between True north and Magnetic North. Magnetic North is where traditional compasses point towards, which happens to be about 11 degrees shy of True North, which is where the most northern point of the Earth axis lies. If you have a strong preference one way or the other, tap the Info bu...

Using the Compass app
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Using the Compass app provides you with in-depth training on Business. Taught by Garrick Chow as part of the iPhone and iPod touch iOS 6 Essential Training

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