Want to check out that fancy new restaurant your colleague recommended? Traveling and want to check out an awesome store a friend recommended to you but don't know where it's at? Regardless what you need to find, the Maps app and Siri can help you find whatever you need faster than ever!
No matter where you are, you can almost always find one thing, and that's movie theaters. Perhaps you're traveling or on vacation and decide you want to catch a movie. Once you find one you like, you'll probably need to figure out how to get to the theater. Luckily, Siri can not only help you find a movie, but find the theater it's playing at as well.
The Maps app that comes built-in to every iPhone and iPad can show incredibly detailed 3D maps that you can interact with through a feature called Flyover. Like many other Maps features, you can also access Flyover without ever even launching the Maps app itself by just asking Siri.
While a plain old Google or Yelp search from your iPhone or iPad can always help you find a place to eat or a store to buy something you need, using Siri in conjunction with the built-in Maps app is not only faster, it gives you the best of both worlds.
Apple Maps has a cool feature called Flyover that lets you get 3D views of a selected area. While it doesn't serve much purpose in a navigational sense, it's still a cool feature to play around with and has some practical use if you're trying to scope out certain areas before visiting them. Here's how to use it on your Mac:
Siri can help you do all kinds of things, including help you get transit directions, even if Apple Maps doesn't support them. If you've got Google Maps or another transit direction app installed, Siri is smart enough to integrate with it in most instances. Here's how:
If you juggle your appointments, meetings, and events using the Calendar app on your Mac, you've probably run into a time or two where knowing the estimated travel time would have been helpful. Luckily, this is now a default feature of the stock Calendar app as long as you're running OS X Mavericks. Here's how to access it:
The Local Search feature in Maps is a great way to find local places by general category, without needing to know a specific place or name. Whether you're in an area you aren't familiar with or you just want to try something new and out of the ordinary in your home area, the Local Search feature in Maps can help. Here's how to use it:
Maps is new to OS X Mavericks but shares a lot of the same DNA as the iOS Maps app. That includes being able to obtain real time traffic information so you know what to expect once you're on the road. It can also help you decide what route to take. Here's how: