One of the biggest, and most criticized changes in iOS 6, is Apple’s decision to drop Google’s extensive maps for their own map solution in their Maps app. Apple’s solution is powered by a combination of its own work and data licensed from companies such as TomTom.
It’s already become a habit for users to point out errors in points of interest, lack of transit information, and weird 3D mapping imagery, as seen above with the Brooklyn Bridge.
BBC News took a look at the reception of Apple Maps in the UK, and problems that users are reporting:
- 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.
You don’t build a map database overnight folks, and Apple has been working on this for a couple years, as backed by the number of acquisitions of small companies in the market. For comparison, Google’s mapping services have been out for seven years, letting them build up massive amounts of data. It’s not that Apple’s maps are bad, it’s just that Google’s maps are better.
We’ll have a story up tomorrow on how jailbreak community is planning on bringing back Google Maps. We’ll see you then!