Apple rolls out more updates for Maps app

Apple Maps didn't launch as well as Apple had hoped, with some large areas being removed, distorted or just plain wrong. Many criticised Apple for ditching Google for their own option, and Apple has been under intense pressure to update their Maps app. 

The Loop is reporting that Apple has been working on "quite significant" updates, especially in areas such as Japan and the U.S. Their update in Japan brought new toll road notifications, updated icons and labels for freeways, 3D buildings in major Japanese cities and more. Apple has also added Flyover support in a range of new places, including: 

  • Baltimore, MD
  • Providence, RH
  • Portland, ME
  • Cleveland, OH
  • Green Bay, WI
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • Albany, NY
  • Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Cologne, Germany
  • Glasgow, Scotland
  • Buffalo, NY
  • Vancouver, BC
  • Tulsa, OK
  • Hoover Dam
  • Modesto, CA
  • Stockton, CA

Flyover coverage has also been improved in places such as Houston, London, Rome, Barcelona, Madrid and Stockholm. 3D buildings and landmarks have also been updated in major cities around the world, including Dublin, London, Munich, Rome and Berlin. 

The Loop notes that Apple has also been working hard to improve Maps in China, one of Apple's fastest growing markets for iOS devices. Apple has also updated satellite imagery for some other countries, hopefully removing the cloud covering from some areas. 

Tim Cook was apologetic about Apple Maps, while Richard Williamson, the Apple Maps head, was fired after the saga. Google eventually released their own Maps application for iOS, which was unsurprisingly downloaded over 10 million times within 48 hours. 

Apple Maps isn't perfect, and Apple is definitely working hard on improving it, but the damage may already be done

Source: The Loop Image via Mashable

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Never mind fancy features like 3D buildings and flyovers ... can it tell me accurately where I am and what is around me, and give me directions ...

bushbrother said,
Never mind fancy features like 3D buildings and flyovers ... can it tell me accurately where I am and what is around me, and give me directions ...

I hate the fact that Apple Maps services are incredibly basic in the Netherlands (Amsterdam still hasn't gotten back its many train stations per example), but in all honesty I haven't had a single issue with getting directions.

It will get there soon enough, was just released too early.
Feel sorry for Richard Williamson, he was the scape goat.

barteh said,
It will get there soon enough, was just released too early.
Feel sorry for Richard Williamson, he was the scape goat.

Not really. Maps was a disaster for Apple, to the point that people didn't upgrade to iOS 6.

I used it the other day in Milton Keynes and it was atrocious. I then used google maps and it got me precisely where I wanted to be.

Sort it, Apple.

I see a huge problem... I fully support the notion of competition and believe it presses companies to develop better tools faster.

On the other hand, when you have something as, while not perfectly, very well tuned as Google or Google Maps, and you invest a lot in making Bing or Apple Maps... or Silverlight to compete with Flash... you really have to bring not just something that can compete, but can bring something *new* to challenge the ubiquitous leaders in that field. I don't get why Apple would throw that much money and resources into something that doesn't even begin to compare to Google Maps, much less offer anything of its own. In short, it just (tries to) duplicate what already exists. That is pointless.

Fair enough, Bing does offer some very nice things. And Google had to rise up at one point itself - but Google did so by making something better, not just a competitor.

Apple was to eager to ditch Google and thier Maps program should of never been released in its current for. Jobs must be rolling in his grave since I am 100 percent positive that if he was alive still, that the Maps program would of never been released until it was fully ready.

I have some issues with this article...

A) Why did the writer use one of those corrupted FlyOver images? That's no longer the case, and I can't stand how the media keeps putting negative spins on something that isn't the case anymore!

B) For a fledgling maps application, iOS Maps was actually quite good in the grand scheme of things (look at BB OS 10's maps app), and I use it routinely here where I am (Vancouver, BC) <- one of the cities which just got added to FO and it's freaking AWESOME!

The media spinned the Maps debacle so negatively that people blindly believed it and anyone I asked they said "Apple Maps sucks!" When I asked them, "Did you try it?" the usual response was "I didn't even bother". Stop believing the hyperbole and actually try it for yourself before you mindlessly spew out stupid comments like some zombie!

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