Reorient Maps to Run North & South Again in iOS
Apple’s new Maps app includes a really handy feature that lets you rotate the direction of maps on screen by swiveling your fingers, making it easier to follow directions and roads. While the maps are rotating, the compass will keep telling you where North is, as you’ll find when using the turn-by-turn navigation.
If you ever want to reorient Maps back to north/south though all you need to do is tap the compass icon in the upper right corner. This causes Maps to immediate situate back to North being at the top of the screen, which was also the consistent setting in Maps prior to iOS 6.
If you find ever yourself lost or disorientated somewhere, use this in conjunction with the compass tap to figure out exactly which way you’re facing.