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Anchor Pointer app

Detailed smartphone maps are great when you’re traveling and have a cellular connection, but if you get off the beaten path, they’re essentially useless.

That’s where an iPhone app called Anchor Pointer can be a real help.

Since the GPS on your phone can work without cell service, the app essentially turns your phone into a sophisticated compass.

You can create anchors in the app, which are waypoints for the GPS to use for navigation.

For instance, if you’re going on a hike, you can create an anchor where you parked your car or if you’re staying in a remote area, you can create an anchor where your countryside B&B is located.

Using GPS coordinates, the Anchor Pointer app can provide direction and distance to any of your anchors without having to reference a map.

If you’re traveling with a group, you can use the ‘meet a friend’ feature to coordinate gatherings or meetups.

Anchor Pointer costs $1.99 and is available in the Apple AppStore.