Apple's own Maps app in iOS 6, meant as a replacement for the one by Google which existed in previous versions of iOS, has been receiving a good deal of criticism for its flaws, especially in the U.K
Apples "Maps" application has been one of the most anticipated features of iOS 6, since it was announced. The new feature, ousting Google's own application which was present in previous versions of iOS, was meant to be a comparable (and presumable better) alternative, including some impressive 3D imagery by data provided by Apple's recently acquired C3 technologies.
But despite the anticipation and excitement surrounding its existence, the application's life has thus far been an unhappy one, drawing heavy criticism with its bugs, glitches, and other less than impressive performance.
So far, this includes:
- Inaccurate mapping data
- Errors locating points of interest
- A lack on transit information
- Bizarre 3D locational renderings
Below is one such instance of Apple's 3D Map shenanigans.
The Brooklyn Bridge, as told by Apple. (pic by @fromedome)
Among the user complaints regarding Apple's maps sent to the BBC were:
– Some towns appear to be missing, such as Stratford-upon-Avon and Solihull.
– Others, like Uckfield in East Sussex, are in the wrong location.
– Satellite images of various locations, particularly in Scotland, are obscured by cloud.
– A search for Manchester United Football Club directs users to Sale United Football Club, a community team for ages five and above.
– Users also reported missing local places, such as schools, or strange locations. Another screenshot showed a furniture museum that was apparently located in a river.
To be fair to Apple, Google has been in this game for seven years now*, longer than the iPhone's existence. So it has quite a bit of experience, knowledge, and imagery under its belt. Also, since the application is a brand new one, it necessarily stands in stark contrast to the aged and thoroughly groomed offering of apps that have come stock with iOS for a number of years.
Bugs are only to expected – but unfortunately, they are difficult to overlook when, firstly, such a great deal of hype has led up to the application's release and secondly, when you are depending on the application to get you where you need to go.
*Google introduced Maps for Mobile in 2006 for Java-based mobile platforms.