We’ve reported in the past that Apple is looking to update the Maps app in iOS. Outside of turn-by-turn directions and Street View, the application is fairly limited in its current form. This has allowed other companies like Navigon and TomTom to compete in the App Store with their GPS applications, derived from years of navigation experience.

If Apple is looking to compete with the heavyweights, they really need to beef up the Maps app’s feature set. Obviously we all hope to see spoken turn-by-turn directions added, but what other functions would you want in an iOS navigation app?

Personally, I wouldn’t mind Apple improving the bookmarking option. Over the last few weeks I have been apartment hunting. In a larger city, trying to find a place to live amongst hundreds of different places can be a daunting task. Not only are you looking to stay in a certain price range, you usually have other criteria that you try to meet.

Throughout my hunt, I found myself using the native iOS Maps application. While it got me from place to place, it did little to help me keep track of the different properties I had visited. The bookmark feature in the stock Maps application leaves a lot to be desired.

That’s where GPS Bookmarker comes in. It allows you to save locations along with pictures, notes, and voice recordings. You can even file different locations into categories. For example, if you frequent multiple locations for work, you can place them in a ‘Work’ category.

This application would be particularly helpful in a mission to find a new place to live. You could photograph each property, make a note about the price of each one, and even record voice notes of particular things you liked about the different places. You could even use GPS Bookmarker to keep track of where you left your car. Just use the voice note option to remember which section and row you parked in.

GPS Bookmarker will run you $2.99 in the App Store. I think I’d rather see this implemented as a feature in the native Maps app than use it as a standalone 3rd party app. Hopefully we will see something like this when Apple updates their Maps software, possibly in iOS 5.

Have you tried GPS BookMarker? Do you have a favorite app that bookmarks locations?


  • Young Money

    How do you use street view in the default map app? I’ve never seen it. Also they should let you drop more than one pin at a time

    • XepptizZ

      Drop a pin, tap on it and click the little icon on the left of the textbubble.

      • Young Money

        Still not seeing it. I’m on iPhone 4 4.2.1

      • XepptizZ

        So am i :p, but if you tap on a pin you should get a little black textbubble with on the left a small icon of a portrait, pressing that gets you into streetview for that spot.

        If streetview is not available for that location it wont show ofcourse.

  • Aaronieru

    “Allows You to Save Locations on Your iPhone”? Isn’t this already a feature? Lol!

    • Pierre Aguilar

      I installed GPS Bookmarker and it works fine. To anwer your question, the iPhone default GPS allows you to save a location but does not allow you to save a picture or a note or a voice memo along with it. That’s how this app can be useful to me… often times I pass by a place that I want to save with some additional info (other than just Lat/Lon !!). Anyway, definitely recommend it for this price.

  • Shawn

    Sounded like a good idea..
    Dropped $3 on this app, it crashes every time I open it..

  • Xd

    Have you tried Evernote? It can do the same thing with lots of more features, and free!

  • Carl

    Same here – crashes every time I try to use it. Ratings in App Store indicate everyone else has the same problem. Damn shame the development on this is so poor.

  • Mark

    Mine crashed as well, but thanks Xd – had forgotten Evernote does it anyway (and doesn’t crash. Ever).