Apple’s Maps for iOS 6: A Work in Progress

Maps for iOS 6

Source: Maps for iOS 6 | Apple Official Website

After receiving complaints about its new Maps app for iOS 6, Apple issued a statement that it is a work in progress. The company also stated that the application will get better with time.

Despite the complaints, the Cupertino-based company said that it appreciates customer feedback. As stated by Trudy Miller, Apple spokesperson, on All Things D:

Customers around the world are upgrading to iOS 6 with over 200 new features including Apple Maps, our first map services … We are excited to offer this service with innovative new features like Flyover, turn-by-turn navigation, and Siri integration. We launched this new map service knowing it is a major initiative and that we are just getting started with it. Maps is a cloud-based solution and the more people use it, the better it will get. We appreciate all of the customer feedback and are working hard to make the customer experience even better.

Limited and Inaccurate Features on Maps for iOS 6

Apple designed the Maps application for iOS, ditching that Google Maps service that it has been using since 2007 when the original iPhone was launched.

A number of iPhone 5 reviews, which were posted last Tuesday, pointed out that the application is commendable. However, users stated that it is not as functional as Google Maps. The iOS application doesn’t support transit routes, while its flyover feature is impressive, yet limited.

Users of iOS 6 also reported inaccuracies with the new app. This includes misrepresented locations, place names that are decades old, as well as incorrect business tagging. There were also incomplete mapping data, Flyover rendering bugs, and scarce building data.

In relation to this, AppleInsider did a side-by-side comparison image of the Google Maps and Maps for iOS. The photo shows that Apple’s mapping feature still lack building data and other information compared to Google.

However, these shortcomings are already expected from a fledgling mobile app. Google Maps already underwent a series of tweaks and upgrades for almost a decade now, something that Apple is yet to do for its Maps application.

That said, All Things D reported that the company will be keeping its Maps team “under lockdown.” They will be fixing some of the large errors seen in the new app, although significant changes are yet to be made in the near future. This only means that iOS 6 users must be patient as improvements are yet to come to the app.

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