Apple’s Maps Slammed

Apple and Google used to be very close, with YouTube and Google Maps given pride of place on every iPhone, iPad and iPod. But since the launch of Android, which saw Google become a rival force in the mobile market, they have been increasingly at odds.

Now Apple’s new mobile operating system iOS6 has arrived without a YouTube app and, far more controversially, a new mapping system.

In June Apple announced it would stop using Google Maps in favour of its own system, created using data from navigation firm TomTom and others.

Apple is yet to comment on the complaints about the software, which comes already installed on the new iPhone.

TomTom said it provided only data and was not responsible for how it worked.

The software is packaged with iOS6, the latest version of Apple’s operating system, which runs on the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

Previously, the system had an app running mapping software from Google.

There is not currently a Google Maps app available in Apple’s App Store, although Google’s system is still accessible via the phone’s web browser.

Apple is proud of Maps, with its turn-by-turn navigation and its 3D flyover view allowing you to swoop over the landscape. But users are now forced to use Apple’s new maps once they upgrade or buy the latest iPhone – which goes on sale on Friday.

Eearly users seem far from convinced that this is an upgrade from Google Maps. Amongst their complaints, the lack of Streetview (now a popular Google feature), little detail of the road system in the UK, and poorer satellite images – including the fact that much of Scotland appears covered in cloud.

More seriously, some places seem to have moved or been lost altogether. Search for Luton, for instance, and you will find it has been relocated to the Devon coast. Manchester United Football Club appears to have relocated to Sale, where it is sharing grounds with a community football club.

The new maps aren’t bad for a first try – and that it has taken Google years to perfect their product. But that does not sound like much of an excuse for a company that prides itself on not releasing any product until it is perfect.

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One Response to “Apple’s Maps Slammed”

  1. Andy D.

    Oct 24. 2012

    I think in time Apple will come out with the better product, but as of now I trust Google has a far superior system in place.

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