We used to travel to Europe twice a year before our son was born, and within North America when he was younger. I collected maps for every city!
I had no idea this would not only be obsolete, but now that he is a teenager, we could all three communicate and curate activities for our trips with our phones. Wow. My son, spouse, and I can all create and share our preferences for restaurants, sites to visit, and especially shopping! This will be perfect for our trip to Italy! And it is so easy, just follow this roadmap: Maps > New Collection > Select Location > Tap the “Add to” button. Slide left to show the option to share with your contacts, and you are ready to go. For adding new stops, scroll down to the “+” sign.
Next month I am flying to Washington, D. C. and my flight is later then I normally fly. I try to book early enough to beat rush hour, and since I am not for this trip, I am opting to take NYC transit to the airport. The Apple Maps app is hugely helpful for two reasons. One, I have to switch to the A train, and there are two destinations when I switch, the app reminds me to choose the far Rockaway A train, not the other! The app also shows me when each train is expected to arrive at my station, so I know if I have time to buy a snack.
We have also had a recent change in my family, we got rid of our car. The $800/month to keep a car in NYC was no longer worth it since our teen no longer lets us drag him around every weekend! My parents live with my brother in Rockland County and the best way to reach them is by taking a train to Tarrytown, NY. The problem is, from there, we need them to drive over a bridge to pick us up! With my Apple maps App I can share with them what train I am on so they know how to schedule their ride to pick us up. This is incredibly useful!
If you are driving, you can set up “Share ETA” within the Map App so that anyone from your contacts can follow your route and see when you are set to arrive! Especially the crabby teenage son in the back seat who keeps asking, “Are we there yet?” Look at the app kid, your phone is surgically connected to your hand anyway: Maps > Directions > Go > Share ETA!
Lastly, you can use indoor maps for indoor maps of an airport and the mall. I have some priority lounge passes, this helps me navigate my way to them while at the airport. Twice a year we go outlet shopping, and I never know where my favorite stores have relocated to, so I use this app! Woodbury Commons, here we come!
Check out Apple.com for more info!