London Underground attempts to solve iOS 6 Maps issue

Posted on Sep 21 2012 - 3:25pm by Phalgun Shenoy

With the launch of iPhone 5, Apple also introduced the sequel of its mobile operating system, the iOS 6. The update brings plethora of new features, and with this update, Apple has replaced the default mapping app from Google Maps to its own mapping service.

Basically, users are forced to switch the app they use, though users can still access Google Maps via browser. Anyways, the Apple Maps have been subject to a lot of criticism lately. It’s brand new, so obviously there are numerous imperfections. The service is still in its infancy and Apple has responded to the criticism saying that the app will be developed off the back of customer feedback.

This is what Apple had to say:
“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.”

The main criticism is the missing reliable information on transportation, and that could be a major problem for people who rely heavily on public transportation like the subway. One such city is London where people rely heavily on the tube in order to navigate around the city, and the information that Apple Maps has to offer isn’t accurate and has lost its credibility anyways. The London Underground, however, has a great solution for this. Below is the picture tweeted by Twitter user Ben Mathis.

The amusing photo instructs iOS 6 users to get local area map from the booking office. The main problem is that Apple went out and teamed up with a mapping player that is equipped with weak data set, and with that kind of data, they want to compete with Google, and all of us know that Google is equipped with highest data set. It’s not just normal users who are upset with Apple’s new mapping service, but even developers who are looking to integrate this into their apps are disappointed with this. Apple’s decision to replace Google Maps comes after Apple’s agreement with Google regarding Maps came to an end.

Users are reporting problems such as popping buildings in rivers. Some users reported The Guardian that Paddington station had vanished, London had been relocated to Ontario, the Sears Tower in Chicago had shrunk, and Helsinki railway station had been turned into a park.

London Underground’s temporary fix may not be deliver turn-by-turn navigation, but at least the information will be credible and more reliable than what Apple Maps has to offer. As said earlier, users can still access web version of Google Maps on their iDevices, but it’s going to be a bit slow. Also, Android phones are receiving great updates for Google Maps in the meantime. The outcome of Apple Maps has been pretty embarrassing for Apple, and we hope the company will fix all the issues in the next update. What are your thoughts on this? Let us know using the comment form below.

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