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New Maps On iOS 6 Have Big Problems

Submitted by on September 20, 2012 – 1:24 pmNo Comment

Issues with Apples new Maps app are overshadowing the otherwise positive debut of iOS 6 and the iPhone 5, as the new program mislabels or omits major features all over the world. The problem is so bad, even many Apple fans are resisting the upgrade until the problems are addressed.

Just minutes after iOS 6 launched, complaints began rolling in about Apple’s new default Maps apps. Most notably, the entire city of Berlin was renamed “Schoeneiche.” (Schoeneiche-bei-Berlin is apparently a small municipality just outside the German capital.) Similarly, searches for London sent users first to a town in Ontario.

In Dublin, a large open area called the Airfield was mistakenly labeled an actual airport; and in Helsinki, a railway station was labeled a park. Similar complaints have come in everywhere from San Francisco to Israel to India, with public transport being virtually unrepresented, roads missing, and neighborhoods mislabeled.

In an op-ed at Mashable, Chris Taylor, a self-described Apple fan, described the app as almost “unusably bad.”

Apple ditched longtime field leader Google Maps in this latest update, after working on their own map service with Yelp and GPS navigation company TomTom for years.

Also according to the Mashable article, Google is planning to create its own map app for iOS 6, “though it doesn’t seem to be in a hurry to release it.”

Have you tried the new Apple Maps? What do you think?

[via TechCrunch]

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