iPhone Maps: Turn'em any which way...

My lovely wife pointed this one out last weekend, as we were using her iPhone (3G) to navigate to a friend's birthday party: she's happy that the maps application doesn't switch between portrait and landscape modes, because she can hold the phone so the map is oriented to the real world without worrying about it switching around on her. I hope this is a design decision, not just dumb luck on Apple's part! And to be honest, I don't know if things are different on the 3GS or 4 with their built-in compasses. But one way or another, well done, Apple!

2 comments:

trhaynes said...

Yeah, there is no landscape mode for Maps. On iPhones with compasses you can click the "find me" button twice to make the map rotate so it's facing the same direction as you. But the chrome stays put.

Mark Whybird said...

It would be even nicer if the words truned themselves right way up without rotating the map itself :)