iOS Maps App


macrumors 68020
Original poster
Mar 25, 2013
Is anyone out there using iOS Maps App on a consistant basis (over Google Maps)? Just wondering how much it has improved since it's intial release last fall which was a complete embarassment for Apple. Anyone have any feedback, positive or negative!


macrumors 68030
Jul 7, 2009
I only use iOS maps, it wasn't bad when it first came out and is very decent now. But that being said, I live in an area that has a high population and thus very few defects in the area. In fact when it first came out I went to a site that listed tons of defects and most of them were simple, "flat bridges over water." Very few on missed locations.

That all being said, I did run into a section last weekend where it took me down a dead end road. I switched over to Waze and it was fine. BUT that road was just closed off a few weeks ago, and I did not report it to Apple although I should have. Waze is much more proactive on the reports.


macrumors 601
Mar 30, 2004
POI search (points of interest) is still very lacking. As a navigation app (when street address is known), however, I personally find the experience to be superior to what I had used in the past, Google Maps, NAVIGON, and Waze.


macrumors 604
Jul 4, 2008
Silicon Valley
Better than Google Maps. UI mess on Android, iOS version miles better. iOS Maps is easier to use (based on asking Moms, Dads, Grandparents, etc. of various friends and family). POI database (at least in number) is greater than Google Maps (although this database is always changing).

It was never an embarrassment for Apple. Map tiles were from TomTom (I think). POI database was gathered from various sources (which also feed Google Maps POI database). The only thing that wasn't "good" were a few errors and certain Flyover locations. It's impossible to not have errors (big or small) in any maps app. The world is constantly changing and human errors exist. Flyover is like Google Street View, it takes time to physical take pictures of the entire world.

I use it over Google Maps because a) Siri integration b) better UI c) better turn-by-turn directions. For me.