A selection of Aussie iOS 6 Map stuff ups

Is Apple's Maps application in iOS 6 as bad as everybody says? Let's find out?

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.

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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.

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Confirmation of the wrong location of the store in the standard view.

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Sydney University doesn't show up as a location on Maps.

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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.

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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.

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Maps doesn't know what Sydney's M4 motorway is.

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Sydney's Harbour Bridge is located correctly, but the 3D render is rather hollow.

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The SCG, otherwise known as the Sydney Cricket Ground. No dice.

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Maps identifies and locates Sydney Airport, but there's no distinction between the International and Domestic terminals.

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However, Maps says Sydney Airport is located at Third Street in Botany Bay. No such street exists in that location.

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Campbelltown Stadium, home of rugby league side the Wests Tigers, doesn't show up on Maps. You do get Campbelltown Basketball Stadium, though.

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Allianz Stadium, otherwise known as the Sydney Football Stadium. The latter shows up in a search but the correct name doesn't.

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Sydney's tourist hotspot Darling Harbour is located, but what is with that sunken boat?

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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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3 Comments

Chollins

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I looked for the WA town of Eucla - I know it is 12km fro the SA border. According to Apple maps it's well inside WA.
Map apps are one of those things that are critical to get right. You can beta test this sort of app on an unwitting public when there are dozens of better and cheaper solutions - including the one you took off in your "update".

Previous Apple User

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Understand that they have built this from ground up however why not fully test the application before releasing this in IOS 6. Understand the application sits in the cloud and the more people use it the better it gets, maybe that the excuse we can all use in IT for saying we messed up and we want more time but also your revenue to pay for the fix ( not that they don’t have the revenue already ). To me its a quick cop out to say we haven't got it right and won’t go on hands and knees back to Google in a hurry for their MAP software however over time ( even thought its quite useless at the moment ) we will fix the issue. This is a good lesson in poor execution and discipline what a shame Apple isn't as perfect as they say they are. My advice - support Android any day.

Peed off

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Steve Jobs wold not have permitted the release of any application so badly flawed as the Apple Maps app. Clearly it was never even Alpha tested by the company. Shame on Apple for such an amateurish blunder! The word "F...wits" springs to mind.

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