Is there anything we, (the community) can do to help Apple maps?

Discussion in 'iOS 6' started by kappaknight, Sep 25, 2012.

  1. kappaknight macrumors 68000


    Mar 5, 2009
    Apple was in an unenviable spot and had to make a decision. They could either renew their license with Google and live with a lackluster Maps app that they couldn’t control, or they could run with a lackluster Maps app of their own creation that they could control.

    What would be lackluster about a Google Maps app? For one, it would suck in comparison to Google Maps on Android, (no turn-by-turn). It would also have ads.

    So Apple chose a mapping solution that they could control, a solution they could improve. Is it better than Google Maps right now? Definitely not, and it probably won’t be on that level for a while. But it was the logical choice considering Apple’s situation.

    So instead of just shouting "it sucks" is there anything we can do to help improve it? Apple said it'll get better as more people use it; how? I'm willing to help if there are some instructions on how we can make it better.
  2. jtsarby macrumors newbie

    Aug 4, 2010
    For a company as profitable as Apple there is no excuse for putting out a product that does not meet the expectations touted in their advertising. I did help them in giving my $300 to purchase the phone. Millions of others did the same.
  3. Patriot24 macrumors 68030


    Dec 29, 2010
    If Apple had a tool like Google Map Maker, they could have easily spun this into a collaborative effort and had fans all over the world help them create amazingly detailed maps (with proper oversight). There is the "Report a Problem" feature in the app today, but I'm not sure that is enough to really get people to help.
  4. sakau2007 macrumors 6502

    Oct 12, 2011
    +1 to reporting problems with a mapmaker type service.

    i could make dozens, if not hundreds, of corrections in my micropolitan area of about 100,000 people.
  5. Razeus macrumors 603

    Jul 11, 2008
    Even if Google released Maps for iOS 6, Apple refuses to let its users to choose their own default apps, so it's pointless, especially when tapping links. This is a disaster and Apple should have swallowed its pride about this.
  6. Mercennarius macrumors member

    Sep 17, 2012
    Just keep reporting problems...the more people that report the problems that faster you can expect an update. (hopefully).
  7. OMGbrandon macrumors 6502


    Jun 29, 2010
    Miami, FL
    Look around your area, and look for thing out of place and report them.
  8. Mad Mac Maniac macrumors 601

    Mad Mac Maniac

    Oct 4, 2007
    A little bit of here and a little bit of there.
    like many have said, the best thing to do is report the problem

    But we don't really know how much that really helps. I was thinking the other day about how I wish Apple would mention how to best help build their maps. I'm sure every business owner who isn't included on Apple maps would jump through every hoop to get themselves included.

    I mean there are iOS users in nearly every company, city, and street across the world. If everybody just said "Ok here's my business/home/city" it would be great.
  9. Krazy Bill macrumors 68030

    Krazy Bill

    Dec 21, 2011
    Nothing "lackluster" about the old Google Maps.

    I can't recall how many times S Jobs proudly boasted about how Apple really knows how to partner with other suppliers. Seems not. :( And these guys want to enter the Television Market? LOL.

    Admit you can't be all things to all people, work with Google and get on with it.
  10. justcheckin1977 macrumors newbie

    Sep 25, 2012
    Not sure but its definitely something I need bad and am a little upset about
  11. ReValveiT macrumors regular

    Sep 20, 2012
    Yeah, lets all help the richest company in the world clean up their terrible half-assed mapping system...

    ..For free.

    Sounds fair.
  12. Mad Mac Maniac macrumors 601

    Mad Mac Maniac

    Oct 4, 2007
    A little bit of here and a little bit of there.
    It does to me. It's for our benefit. Why would a company want to add their location (or correct it) on Apple maps? Why would a person want their house location to be correct on Apple maps? This is just common sense stuff. We all want our homes and our businesses to be there. We all want to be able to find other peoples homes and businesses. The fastest way to make that happen is to simply add my home/business. I'll help myself and everybody else. Sure it helps Apple as well, but so what? That's like saying you aren't going to add your business to google because it'll help their business (they should track you down and add it themselves). Or that you aren't going to post your favorite movies to facebook, because that will serve their data gathering/ad serving needs. These are all free communal things that help ourselves, our friends, and the company. It's not like Apple's requiring you to do anything, but I would like it to be better, instead of sitting around whining about it.
  13. andybno1 macrumors 68040


    Nov 6, 2007
    Liverpool, UK
    ^^^^^ this
  14. ThisIsNotMe Suspended

    Aug 11, 2008
    People don't seem to have a problem helping Google with their mapping product when they first bought a mapping company and released Google Maps.
  15. jtsarby macrumors newbie

    Aug 4, 2010
    I agree.
  16. TJ61 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 16, 2011
    Yeah, people used to sing about buying the world a coke and living in harmony.

    [All the 50-somethings in the crowd say "Hey - yo!"]

    I think now that the issue is being characterized as a pi$$ing match between two giants, some innocent bystanders are feeling a little less generous.

  17. nikomakhos macrumors member

    Sep 23, 2012
    I don't have time to clean up Apple's own mess for free. I bought an iPhone so I would not have to worry about these sort of things. If I remember correctly, Apple's devices are supposed to "just work".
  18. KeepCalmPeople macrumors 65816


    Sep 5, 2012
    San Francisco Bay Area, California
    Google Maps was a free program and website. It was not a part of an operating system that you implicitly purchased with a piece of hardware. It was also the first of it's kind, and there was nothing to compare it to.
    You cannot introduce an inferior product to a marketplace unless you are planning on being a price/value leader. Apple is certainly not that.
  19. ReValveiT macrumors regular

    Sep 20, 2012
    Sure. It's all well and good joining an effort to make something new, or bettering something that we'll all use.

    Fact is we ALREADY HAD a fine mapping app in Google Maps. Now Apple have taken away that functionality and replaced it with a far inferior product.

    So WHY SHOULD we help them clean up their mess? This will be yet another money-spinning product for Apple once it's sorted. I'll be ********* if I'm going to work for them for free, without even so much as a thanks I may add.


  20. pdqgp macrumors 68020


    Mar 23, 2010
    So we even know for certain the decision was all Apples? I mean where is Google in all this? For all we know Google pushed for too much and Apple in return could have just said they are out and forced everyone to just use the app store and rolled back any true integration and perhaps pushed it off to the mapping companies to integrate into contacts and what not.

    Just curious as I've not seen why they did it.
  21. BaldiMac macrumors 604


    Jan 24, 2008
    Google Maps is ad supported, requires hardware to access it, and was not the first of it's kind. There was several services to compare it to, including MapQuest. Google Maps didn't come out until 2005 or so.

    Why not? 100s of millions of people seem to think the iPhone is the value leader.
  22. sdm1 macrumors newbie

    Sep 25, 2012
    In Aberdeen, Scotland, lists about 7 petrol stations within a mile of each other, corrected 5 of them, then just got bored. Nearly all of them were oil company offices apart from one which was a bakery. When the information is so wildly inaccurate, it just feels like fighting against the tide.
  23. ReValveiT macrumors regular

    Sep 20, 2012
    I feel our efforts would be far better placed in demanding back what we had. What we PAID FOR when we bought our devices.

    No one else feeling a little ripped off?
  24. johngordon macrumors 68000

    Apr 19, 2004
    I've been correcting a few. I only just noticed today that you can reposition pins, which is good.

    If Apple expect people to make corrections on masse, it would maybe be a good idea for them to create a part of the website that was a map community, where people making corrections could get some feedback from Apple on progress, and be able to have some dialogue with people at Apple.

    I suppose the downside is that they would be swamped, but the upside would be that people didn't feel like problems they report were disappearing down a big hole.

    If people report problems, but don't see problems being fixed, or at least be able to see some kind of general feedback about issues generally, then people won't be encouraged to carry on.
  25. BaldiMac macrumors 604


    Jan 24, 2008

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