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Old Sep 25, 2012, 05:11 PM   #1
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Another missing maps feature: Night Nav Mode

With any decent nav program I've used, either factory OEM on cars, or purchased in the app store, ALL of them have a Night Mode (dark graphics) to make it easier on your eyes when using navigation at night. I was using Maps to navigate last night and it never went into night mode. Let's add this to the fix list for Apple.
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Old Sep 25, 2012, 05:32 PM   #2
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Wonder if Auto Brightness being on or off would make a difference?
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Old Sep 25, 2012, 08:14 PM   #3
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I had auto brightness on and it did nothing.
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Old Sep 25, 2012, 08:31 PM   #4
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With any decent nav program I've used, either factory OEM on cars, or purchased in the app store, ALL of them have a Night Mode (dark graphics) to make it easier on your eyes when using navigation at night. I was using Maps to navigate last night and it never went into night mode. Let's add this to the fix list for Apple.
Good call on that. That's one of those features you don't even think about till you're being blinded at night by the screen.
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Old Sep 25, 2012, 08:44 PM   #5
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Good call on that. That's one of those features you don't even think about till you're being blinded at night by the screen.
Perhaps if they were the first ones to build or develop a Nav, but, considering that nearly all nav systems released in the past 10 years automatically switch at sundown, it's a pretty big omission... but, then again, they omitted entire cities so I guess it's par for course.
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Old Sep 25, 2012, 10:31 PM   #6
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great call OP +1
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Old Sep 25, 2012, 11:33 PM   #7
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Have you tried adjusting the brightness on the phone? I bet that would solve your problem.
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Old Sep 25, 2012, 11:42 PM   #8
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Have you tried adjusting the brightness on the phone? I bet that would solve your problem.
Yes I would prefer making screen brighter instead of night nav mode.
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Old Sep 25, 2012, 11:48 PM   #9
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Good catch OP. How could Apple overlook that?
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Old Sep 25, 2012, 11:58 PM   #10
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I agree. They added a "night mode" to iBooks so hopefully they will in Maps.
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Old Sep 26, 2012, 12:27 AM   #11
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Good catch.....When I first got the NAV in my car it was on the daylight mode and it was way to bright. Turned it to auto night mode problem solved.

This should be an easy fix.
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Old Sep 26, 2012, 12:31 AM   #12
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Triple click the home button. It will invert the colors.
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Old Sep 26, 2012, 12:39 AM   #13
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They omitted it so they could add it later and call it innovative.
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Old Sep 26, 2012, 12:41 AM   #14
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They omitted it so they could add it later and call it innovative.
Not innovative. MAGICAL.
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Old Sep 26, 2012, 05:33 AM   #15
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Good shout, OP.

Sure it will come with time, though. As will accurate roads and locations. Eventually!
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Old Sep 26, 2012, 06:31 AM   #16
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Triple click the home button. It will invert the colors.
As he said, there is an option on the phone to invert the colors. If it isn't already assigned to the triple click button you can turn it on in the accessibility settings.
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Old Sep 26, 2012, 08:15 AM   #17
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As he said, there is an option on the phone to invert the colors. If it isn't already assigned to the triple click button you can turn it on in the accessibility settings.
This does work and it looks pretty good but the road names a hot pink, pretty ugly IMO.
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Old Sep 26, 2012, 08:39 AM   #18
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Noticed this last night. The screen was blinding and lighting up the whole car. Here in Canada it's illegal to use any handheld device while driving and I'm sure I would have got pull over if a cop had seen my car lit up like that. +1 for night mode.
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It'll be the next "One More Thing..."
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Old Dec 5, 2012, 12:55 PM   #20
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As he said, there is an option on the phone to invert the colors. If it isn't already assigned to the triple click button you can turn it on in the accessibility settings.
Thanks for that tip! It's not a great solution, but it works for Maps. I would also love a night mode for the entire phone, mainly Music as well. I just went to see what it would look like there and it was on an album with a mostly black cover. It looked like a spotlight app. Well, at least I have a solution for when I use Maps.
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Old Dec 5, 2012, 01:00 PM   #21
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Perhaps if they were the first ones to build or develop a Nav, but, considering that nearly all nav systems released in the past 10 years automatically switch at sundown, it's a pretty big omission... but, then again, they omitted entire cities so I guess it's par for course.
My very expensive navigation system in my BMW doesn't automatically switch. It has night mode but not automatic. It has been a topic on BMW forums.
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Old Dec 5, 2012, 01:41 PM   #22
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Maps isn't really made to be an in-car GPS replacement at this point. Both it and Google Maps suck at routing and rarely send you the fastest way to a destination. If you want something for in-car GPS, stick with TomTom, Garmin, or one of the other apps.

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My very expensive navigation system in my BMW doesn't automatically switch. It has night mode but not automatic. It has been a topic on BMW forums.
Thats strange. My older Acrua does automatically when the headlights are turned on although I have it set to always be at daytime brightness.
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Old Dec 5, 2012, 02:08 PM   #23
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They should have added that in 6.1.
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I didn't even think about that until a few nights ago when I was driving home from college. I hadn't tested Apple navigation on a long trip yet, so I set up my Garmin and my iPhone 5 on my dash. At first I was impressed and actually preferred the navigation over my Garmin, that is until the sun went down. My Garmin switched in to "Night Mode," which even for me feels a little too bright. However, the iPhone practically lit up my car, I turned the brightness down as much as possible, eventually I stopped navigation and took it down. Huge problem in my opinion, this feature has been around since the first GPS I owned, automatic or manual.
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Old Dec 5, 2012, 03:57 PM   #25
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Maps isn't really made to be an in-car GPS replacement at this point.
Ummm...that's exactly what it is for.

And it has worked incredibly well (at least in the US) for me on all my travels....I prefer it over my Garmin from both a visual and speed standpoint.

Night mode was a big miss and I can't believe it isn't being worked on as we speak.
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