A few months ago I went to a sporting event with a friend of mine. We ended up having to park about the half mile from the venue in a grassy field. With this event ending late at night and thousands of cars around us, how would we ever get back to our car? If you have an iPhone with iOS 7, then this predicament would not be a predicament at all.


Your Maps App looks like a section of map inside of a square. You will give a quick tap to open it just like you would any other app. Now that you have Maps open, here are a few tips and tricks to help make you an expert in using it.

  • On the lower right hand side of the screen you will see the i button (looks like a lower case i inside a circle). From here you can switch map views (Standard, Hybrid and Satellite), show traffic, drop a pin and report a problem. While the other options are pretty self explanatory, Drop a pin is probably the most important feature when it comes to the visually impaired.
  • Drop a Pin lets you drop a Purple Pin on your map at any location. From the Pin you have the option of getting directions to the pin (or from the pin), or even sharing your location from an e-mail, text or a Tweet. The Drop Pin featured was very helpful in finding our car at the sporting event mentioned above.

Apple Maps also can be very handy as a navigation device.

  • You can plan a route by pressing either the right turn icon or the search bar at the top of the screen.
  • You can now enter your Start and End addresses. You can also choose the default Use Current Location if you want the direction to start from where you are currently positioned. Maps automatically provide you driving directions, but you can also select Walking or Public Transit directions.
  • You will now choose the rout you would like to take. Maps will offer several different routes, and will give the estimated length of time for each.
  • You will now press the desired route that you would like. You will then press Start to begin your rout. You will now see the distance to your next direction at the top of the screen. Below that is the next direction icon, and to the right of that you will see the road that you take for the next direction. At the top right hand corner of the screen maps shows the estimated length of the trip in hours, distance. Your expected arrival time will be shown at the top left hand corner of the screen.
  • You can also view a list of the directions by pressing the three bars at the bottom of the screen if you would like.

With Apple Maps there is never a time that you should not know where you are. It also gives you the ability to know how to get to any location that you can think of with a click of a few buttons.
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