Join Garrick Chow for an in-depth discussion in this video Getting your location with Maps, part of iOS 5: iPhone and iPod touch Essential Training.
To me, the Maps application is one of the most useful built-in apps on the iPhone. From figuring out where you are in this 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 your iPhone is going to try to figure out where you are and you will see this message for any app that tries to access your location information. Most of the time when you are using Maps, you 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 where you are, which iPhone you are using, or whether you are using an iPod touch the accuracy of your location will vary. If you are on an iPhone 3GS or later, all of which contain an internal compass, tapping the Locate button again rotates the map to orient it with the direction you are facing. That can be a big help especially in cities like New York where emerging from a subway can be disorienting.
The two lines coming out of the blue dot indicate your general direction and the closer those two lines are together the more accurate your compass heading. And if you face a different direction, you will see the map rotate along with you. Tap the Locate button a third time to leave Compass Mode. Again, Compass Mode is only available on the iPhone 3GS or later, if you are using an iPod touch or any iPhone released before the 3GS, the locate button will just toggle between on and off. Another advantage of the Locate button is that you can also bring the map back to your current location. So if you are browsing some other section of the map, just tap Locate to jump back to your current location.
Now, when you tap the Locate button at first you will probably see a large circle encompassing a pretty wide area on your map around your general location. This is Maps' first guess of 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 are using an iPod touch, this is probably the extent of how well Maps is going to find you. If you are 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 those are the methods the iPhone and the iPod touch use to find your location. And once you have your location, you can search for all kinds of things. We will explore more in the upcoming movies.
- Exploring the touchscreen interface
- Setting up iPhone and iPod touch preferences
- Synching with a Mac or PC
- Typing with the intelligent keyboard
- Making phone calls and retrieving voicemail
- Finding a location with Maps
- Downloading and playing music and video
- Shooting and editing photos and video
- Using accessibility features
- Tweeting on the iPhone
- Locating a lost iPhone with Find My iPhone
- Sending free text messages with iMessage
- Finding and purchasing applications from the App Store
Skill Level Beginner
1. The Basics
2. The Essentials of Typing
3. Syncing with a Computer
4. The Phone Part of the iPhone
6. Surfing the Web
7. The iPod Part of the iPhone
8. Shooting Photos and Video and Managing the Photo Library
9. Getting Around
10. Managing Your Time
11. Taking Notes
12. The Other Included Apps
13. The App Store
14. Important Settings
15. Protecting Your iPhone
16. Using Siri and Voice Control
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