Zooming in and out of map areas in Apple Maps is fairly easy, but not if you use the fingers on the same hand holding the iPhone. Yes, it’s still possible to use the two-finger pinch gestures to zoom in and out, but if you’re not that handy, there’s a hidden trick that lets you zoom in both directions with just one finger.
By now you are probably familiar with the standard zoom gestures. First, you can spread two fingers apart to zoom in or pinch two fingers together to zoom out. Second, you can tap with two fingers to zoom out at set intervals. Third, you can double-tap with one finger to zoom in on a map at set intervals. The latter uses only one finger, making it ideal for one-handed use, but there is a better way.
The hidden zoom gesture has been around since iOS 1
There’s no true horizontal swipe gesture to zoom in, but when you do, it looks like you’re zooming in or out just a little bit. That’s because you can’t stay on a perfectly horizontal path perpendicular to the sides of the iPhone while swiping, so you’ll always go up or down a bit. But swiping up or down and sideways gives you more granular control over the zoom speed.
Now when you’re walking around looking at Maps in one hand and holding a cup of coffee in the other, you can zoom in and out on the screen without thinking twice. It may not be the greatest feature in the world, but sometimes it’s the smallest things that can really improve the iPhone experience.
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