Apple long dreamed of giving it’s users a better maps experience. They also wanted to remove Google as much as possible from the stock App experience. So with iOS 6 they ditched the old Maps application with data supplied by Google, and moved to their own in house Maps application. Users would finally get that much anticipated voice guided turn by turn, but at what cost?

Soon after millions of iOS users started upgrading their devices to the latest operating system from Apple, people noticed maps was not nearly as accurate as Google Maps had been previously. They also noticed the lack of native support for public transit options, a must have for many big city dwellers.

Some of the mistakes are comical 3D interpretations of the world from the new “Flyover” feature like this trippy version of Las Vegas

Some are just weird directions that should be a lot easier like this extremely long detour when a simple left would suffice:

Some mistakes would be dangerous if you couldnt see the actual world!

Plenty more mistakes are just bad information on locations, or searches results not being relevant to the original search.

Apple posted this letter about the current Maps situation, and goes so far as to suggest other mapping solutions in the mean time.

To our customers,

At Apple, we strive to make world-class products that deliver the best experience possible to our customers. With the launch of our new Maps last week, we fell short on this commitment. We are extremely sorry for the frustration this has caused our customers and we are doing everything we can to make Maps better.

We launched Maps initially with the first version of iOS. As time progressed, we wanted to provide our customers with even better Maps including features such as turn-by-turn directions, voice integration, Flyover and vector-based maps. In order to do this, we had to create a new version of Maps from the ground up.

There are already more than 100 million iOS devices using the new Apple Maps, with more and more joining us every day. In just over a week, iOS users with the new Maps have already searched for nearly half a billion locations. The more our customers use our Maps the better it will get and we greatly appreciate all of the feedback we have received from you.

While we’re improving Maps, you can try alternatives by downloading map apps from the App Store like Bing, MapQuest and Waze, or use Google or Nokia maps by going to their websites and creating an icon on your home screen to their web app.

Everything we do at Apple is aimed at making our products the best in the world. We know that you expect that from us, and we will keep working non-stop until Maps lives up to the same incredibly high standard.

Tim Cook
Apple’s CEO

What are you iOS 6 users using for maps? Sticking out the new Apple Maps or something else?

Source: Apple, Images from Tumblr “The Amazing iOS 6 Maps”


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