The new Apple Maps: What’s all the fuss about?
The iPhone 5 has finally been released, and many lucky Snugg blog readers have now picked up their new smartphone or received it in the post. Overall, feedback about the new iPhone has been positive, with users noting just how much lighter and sleeker the new phone is compared to the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4s.
However, when iOS 6 was released, there was a wave of criticism from Apple users who said the Maps app simply wasn’t up to scratch. You might have seen some of the discussion on Twitter.
Here’s why things have changed on iOS 6.
Up until now, mapping on iOS has been provided by Google. However, the licence for the app expired and was not renewed. Apple have since come up with their own Maps app. The new app includes data from TomTom, Waze, Yelp and even NASA.
The problem is that Apple’s maps are newer, and appear to have a few teething problems. For example, Dublin Airport is not in the right place, and the Yorkshire town of Doncaster is spelled ‘Duncaster’. The maps in the new app are attractive, but sometimes less detailed than they were on iOS 5.
On the positive site, Apple’s Maps integrate with Siri, so you can now ask the personal assistant for directions or get it to show you where something is. In addition, Flyover tilts the map or satellite view and – on the iPhone 4s, iPhone 5 and new iPad – some cities are rendered in impressive 3D shapes. If you have a new iPhone 5, take a look at the London Eye or the Golden Gate Bridge to see the new 3D rendering in action.
As for the mapping, Trudy Muller, an Apple spokesperson, told the AllThingsD blog that Apple’s version of Maps is a new product that would mature. That means that many of the errors we’re seeing now should be fixed with future updates, and other elements of the app – such as the aerial satellite views – should also improve with time. Anyone using iOS who isn’t satisfied with the Maps app can still use the mobile version of Google Maps via their browser.