Apple's New iOS 6 Maps App Drawing Significant Criticism

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    One of the largest changes in iOS 6 is Apple's decision to replace its Google-powered Maps app with its own solution powered by a combination of its own work and data licensed from other companies such as TomTom. Throughout the developer beta testing process, numerous users reported on the relatively poor quality of Apple's new maps in many regards, while expressing hope that content would improve heading into the public launch.

    Despite some improvements over the past few months, Apple's new Maps app has still been one of the most highly criticized aspects of iOS 6 following its debut yesterday. Users have pointed to inaccuracies in Apple's mapping data, errors in locating points of interest, a lack of transit information, and sometimes-bizarre 3D mapping imagery as major issues with the app.


    Apple's 3D modeling of the Brooklyn Bridge (Source: @fromedome)
    BBC News takes a look at the reception Apple's Maps app is receiving in the United Kingdom, documenting a few of the specific problems reported by its readers:
    In one high-visibility case from Ireland, Apple has categorized Dublin's Airfield Park as an actual airport, sparking government officials to contact the company in hopes of addressing the issue.


    Dublin's Airfield Park categorized as an airport
    While Apple has been working on its in-house mapping efforts for a number of years as evidenced by a series of acquisitions of small companies working in the market, Google's mapping services have been live for over seven years, allowing the company to build up massive amounts of data and expertise. Consequently, it should come as no surprise that Apple's mapping solutions are not as refined as Google's in many cases, but users have generally been hoping for more from Apple's public launch.

    Article Link: Apple's New iOS 6 Maps App Drawing Significant Criticism
  2. Feed Me, Sep 20, 2012
    Last edited: Sep 20, 2012

    Feed Me macrumors 6502a

    Feed Me

    Jan 7, 2012
    Location Location
    At least it'll get better.

    I hope.
    After reporting several misspelt place names to Apple months ago during the betas and getting completely ignored, my hopes aren't high for fast fixes.

    EDIT: Two links you may find worth perusing. Apple's aren't the only maps with er... imperfections.
  3. Nathan20 macrumors regular

    Jul 19, 2012
    Wow. Everyone is criticising an app they didn't use much before iOS 6...
  4. LastLine macrumors 65816

    Aug 24, 2005
    Apparently I live in Duncaster. I object to the lack of spell checking. The satellite map quality is...poor, but I can understand that. Spelling a town's name wrong is just sloppy.

    In fairness it can't get much worse can it? ;-)

    Passbook? Totally - the connection issues are probably excess demand. INaccurate mapping is a totally different issue though.
  5. charlituna macrumors G3


    Jun 11, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    everyone and their uncle bogs up the systems yesterday trying to get iOS 6 on the first day, then turns around and tries out Passbook, Maps etc and wonders why things are messed up. couldn't possibly be due to the vastly increased traffic. nope, no way
  6. jackhdev macrumors 6502

    Apr 9, 2011
    Bismarck, North Dakota
  7. peabo macrumors regular

    Feb 14, 2008
    I agree that the new maps app kinda sucks. It couldn't even find my local hospital.
  8. Andy-V macrumors 6502

    Oct 1, 2007
    But it will definitely take a while. I'm just waiting for a Google maps app to come out to be honest, Apple is unlikely ever going to catch up.
  9. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    Apple should just leave some things to Google.
  10. Caliber26 macrumors 68000


    Sep 25, 2009
    Orlando, FL
    I love all of my Apple products and services. I really do. But taking Google Maps away from us (ESPECIALLY MY STREET VIEW!!!), was a big, big mistake since they are obviously not ready for prime time.

    And those 3D/Flyover images are ****** scary. It's like I took a good dose of mescaline and now I'm having horrible hacullinations.
  11. iSamurai macrumors 65816


    Nov 9, 2007
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  12. Roller macrumors 68020

    Jun 25, 2003
    I was hoping for more, too. Apple should have the resources to provide high-quality maps on its mobile devices, especially for places that aren't out of the way. Unfortunately, this isn't a matter of correcting s/w bugs - it's all about the mapping data they're using.
  13. BMcCoy macrumors 68000


    Jun 24, 2010
  14. applefanDrew macrumors 65816

    Jul 17, 2010
    I sympathize with those having problems, but Apple Maps have been great for me! I can't tell a difference between them and GMaps. Except Apple Maps is better looking! (again for ME and MY situation).
  15. basesloaded190 macrumors 68030


    Oct 16, 2007
    It's a shame they went ahead with introducing this when it clearly isn't ready. Too stubborn to stick with Google any longer than they wanted to.
  16. rydewnd2 macrumors regular

    Apr 3, 2007
    New York City
    As soon as native Google maps is available I'll be happy Apple is throwing their hat into the maps game. But for now I can't rely upon an app that can't find east 12th street in freaking Manhattan...
  17. gmanist1000 macrumors 68030


    Sep 22, 2009
    Apple has over 100 billion dollars. Why don't they just buy Google Maps and overlay their UI on top of it? Why buy mapping data that is years old?
  18. Andy-V macrumors 6502

    Oct 1, 2007
    The maps issues have nothing at all to do with too many people trying to use them.
  19. Jibbajabba macrumors 65816

    Aug 13, 2011
    I used it a lot in Geocaching but now it is useless - my hometown has even the cathedral missing ...
  20. HarryKeogh macrumors 6502a

    Jun 25, 2008
    My house isn't even listed. How will I ever get home? :(
  21. Mundty macrumors member

    May 7, 2012
    I haven't had any issues with this app, but I'm sure Maps is one of those things that can be a great experience for one person, and a buggy nightmare for another. The logistics of mapping the world and all the data that's required for turn-by-turn GPS, I'm not surprised the service isn't perfect. We expect polished products from Apple, but I'm guessing this one is just going to take time given the scale and variables related to the project.
  22. finnns2000 macrumors regular

    Jun 29, 2006
    Pineapple under the sea
    That pic looks like viewing the bridge on shrooms. Awful.
  23. anotherarunan macrumors 6502

    Sep 18, 2007
    London, United Kingdom (UK)
    And you know that how?

    I love Apple as much as most people on here - but this is extremely poor by them.
  24. section215 macrumors member


    Mar 13, 2011
    It is truly appalling and damages the brand. Not that it will particularly make any difference to sales, but it's just not the quality that I think most have to expect from an Apple product.
  25. basesloaded190 macrumors 68030


    Oct 16, 2007
    Because Google Maps isn't for sale?

    Posts like this make me shake my head.

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