Is Apple's Maps application in iOS 6 as bad as everybody says? Let's find out?
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We've just got our hands on Apple's new iPhone 5. While most experts have showered the phone with positive reviews, many have been highly critical of Apple's Maps application.
iOS 6, released in Australia yesterday morning, replaces the default Google Maps application with Apple's own Maps offering.
According to Apple, the Maps app was designed "from the ground up". It includes features like interactive 3D views, and a Flyover feature that shows selected, major metropolitan areas from the air with 3D views.
Earlier today, Apple issued a statement about Maps after complaints from consumers.
"We launched this new map service knowing that it is a major initiative and we are just getting started with it," said Trudy Muller, an Apple spokeswoman. "We are continuously improving it, and as Maps is a cloud-based solution, the more people use it, the better it will get."
"We’re also working with developers to integrate some of the amazing transit apps in the App Store into iOS Maps. We appreciate all of the customer feedback and are working hard to make the customer experience even better."
We've had a look into Maps around Australia, so let's check out some of the issues with the app.
The Apple Store on George Street, Sydney. You can see the Apple logo on the right denoting the store, but the Maps app pins the location across the road.
Confirmation of the wrong location of the store in the standard view.
Sydney University doesn't show up as a location on Maps.
This is Sydney's Anzac Bridge. You can see the shadow of the bridge on the on water, but the 3D rendering only shows the road.
450 George Street is the address of Samsung's new Experience Store in Sydney. Maps directed us to George Street in Blacktown, in western Sydney.
Maps doesn't know what Sydney's M4 motorway is.
Sydney's Harbour Bridge is located correctly, but the 3D render is rather hollow.
The SCG, otherwise known as the Sydney Cricket Ground. No dice.
Maps identifies and locates Sydney Airport, but there's no distinction between the International and Domestic terminals.
However, Maps says Sydney Airport is located at Third Street in Botany Bay. No such street exists in that location.
Campbelltown Stadium, home of rugby league side the Wests Tigers, doesn't show up on Maps. You do get Campbelltown Basketball Stadium, though.
Allianz Stadium, otherwise known as the Sydney Football Stadium. The latter shows up in a search but the correct name doesn't.
Sydney's tourist hotspot Darling Harbour is located, but what is with that sunken boat?
Another sunken boat, this time in Circular Quay?
Does Apple's response satisfy you? Did you expect less issues with the Maps app? Would this app put you off buying an iPhone, or are you satisfied regardless? Let us know in the comments below.
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