iOS6 Maps win!

Discussion in 'iOS 6' started by mikkker007, Sep 21, 2012.

  1. mikkker007 macrumors member

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    So, while im waiting for my iP5 to turn up ( 1 week, doh )I installed iOS6 as a complete restore on my iP4. Anyway, I work in the middle of Town where there is currently about 3-4 big Road works in progress. There is At least 4 major road closure's and detour's set in place.... So I thought Id compare iOS maps and Googles ( installed as a shortcut on my home screen ) Not only did App Maps re-route, where google did not, it came back noticably faster than google's offering...... I've read a lot of bad press re: App maps..... lets not forget, it is in it's infancy..... Google has 7 year head start......BTW..... Wasnt it google and their streetview cars sniffing out and collecting People's WIFI data etc " Accidently " ? myself, I remember having to by Map directories every year for like $40 and pull over to the side every 20 min to check I was goin in the right direction. Oh, how we forget.:rolleyes::rolleyes :D
     
  2. macsrcool1234 macrumors 65816

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    No idea what you are trying to say here. Clean up this post.
     
  3. 840quadra Moderator

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    I too find the Apple maps to be quite accurate. Actually Guides me around problems quite efficiently and it's easy to follow. The biggest downside is the lack of choice for default map alternatives for people living in areas that apple didn't do their homework as well.

    Having mapquest and maps.google.com as backups is great. Just like the old paper map days, having multiple options is never a bad thing. I have had plenty of times that google maps, or mapquest has sent me down a wrong road too.

    One thing I really liked was the business listings that apple maps shows in comparison to google maps. I found a couple of restaurants I didn't even know existed this week.

    It is a bit hard to read, but speaking as a Moderator, the post is fine.
     
  4. cynics macrumors G3

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    I found the navigation OK. I used it today a long side my Garmin Nuvi.

    Things I like:

    1. Very smooth scrolling
    2. Looked clean

    Things I don't like:

    1. Featureless, avoid tolls, avoid highways, navigate with satellite view
    2. Vastly over estimates ETA in typical Tom Tom fashion.
    3. Severe lack of POI. This is fine for me driving but not for when I'm actually looking for specific places.
    4. Address accuracy are hit and miss.
    5. Maps are obviously outdated, at least in my area.

    Here is an example, I know this round about here. It's been there for quite a while and Google has had it for a while.

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    Not on Apples

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    If I wasn't familiar with the area it would send me up a dead end road.

    In PA, it uses old logging trails as roads!! Talk about dangerous for someone, it goes from dirt roads to 2 foot deep mud holes on roads Apple maps will route you.

    Here is a "thru" road.

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    Actually it should look like this.

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    One, because Cedar hollow and hemlock hollow don't exist but more importantly is the large creek you would need to ford to make this a thru road.

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    You can make it but you need a large 4x4, nothing stock that's for sure.

    .........

    I'd suggest to anyone have really good luck with the new maps to post some pics to back it up.
     
  5. Sabs- macrumors newbie

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    So far I'm seeing a little batter routing with Apple Maps than Google Maps as well.
     
  6. davelanger macrumors 6502a

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    I agree, I take back roads from my house to work, and I put in my work address to test out the turn by turn and to my surprise the first route the apple maps pick was the way I go to work. Google and mapquest take me the high way to get to work which is actually out of the way and a round about way of going.

    I think the maps is pretty decent for their first try at it, its only going to get better.
     
  7. From A Buick 8 macrumors 68040

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    im not sure the new maps app is working on my 4 the way it should. the directions do not change unless i swipe the screen.
     
  8. Irock619 macrumors 68000

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    I thought I read somewhere that the iP4 would not have voice turn by turn directions or flyover.
     
  9. From A Buick 8 macrumors 68040

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    Yes, you are correct no voice turn by turn I was not expecting that. I thought it might still progress through the route as I drove the route, without me touching the screen.

    Honestly i do not see why everyone thought the old map app was all that great because it made you "step" through the directions, i found it quite useless as a navigation app.
     
  10. matrix07 macrumors 68040

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  11. alex1711 macrumors newbie

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    I like the new Maps, actually. Haven't used it much, but the few times I have, I like it. And as said above, for a first go, it can only get better.
     

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