Uh oh, new maps in iOS 6 making everyone miss Google
iOS 6 has been around for one day now, and the noise about the new maps feature is so far not in Apple’s favor. If you’ve spent any time actually trying to get somewhere or locate an establishment, chances are you’re ready to join in the uproar and lament the passing of Google from Apple’s mobile operating system.
What’s so bad about the new system? It works like $*%^. As someone who’s been running iOS 6 since it first became available to developers (mistake), I’ve been dealing with sub par Maps performance for months—just hoping that Apple was holding back some kind of database update that would magically restore Maps to the kind of tool it was before Google got the boot. That didn’t happen, and I’ll be honest, I feel somewhat vindicated in finding out that everyone else’s experience with Apple’s new Maps has been as poor as mine.
Along with an inability to locate most businesses by name alone, the new Maps app has shown a propensity to misplace airfields or jump continents when you search for an address… When dealing with something as brass-tacks as navigation, this just isn’t the sort of glitch users can deal with.
So, then, what can Apple do to remedy this before the situation gets worse? I have no idea, but let’s hope they’re working on SOMETHING. Otherwise, all of the great stuff about iOS 6 will surely get overshadowed by the fact that we can’t rely on our iPhones to help us get around as we once did.
Any horror stories to share from your first day with the new Maps app?