Apple seeking new developers to improve the accepted failure that is iOS Maps

Think back to May this year. Rumours started to surface that Apple was preparing to drop Google Maps from the next version of iOS and implement their own native mapping app. Two days before the launch of the iPhone 5, iOS 6 went public and brought with it what could be the biggest headache Apple has suffered since, well ever!


Imagine the commute!

The mapping functionality has been much maligned. When the announcement was made that Google Maps was being dropped there was an outcry from users citing what Apple would provide wouldn’t equal Google’s polished and already established app. How right those users turned out to be. You only need to Google the term “Apple Maps feedback” to see words like debacle, disappointing, problems, bad, and suck to know it has not been received well at all.


Burger King or Church?

Incorrect directions, graphical glitches, inaccurate maps and a lack of Street View-like feature aren’t too be taken lightly by Apple. Apple has stated:

We appreciate all of the customer feedback and are working hard to make the customer experience even better.

What does working harder mean? Recruiting new developers it would seem. Check out the recruitment section on Apple’s corporate webpage and you’ll see multiple job postings in the hunt for software engineers specifically for improving the overall mapping functionality (do a search for maps and sort by date). These aren't new postings either, being posted on September 11th. You just have to wonder how long Apple have been aware that the additional developers were needed.


Paper maps worked for pirates, why not iOS Maps users!

While the application does work, the issues (some of which have already been listed) aren’t going to go away anytime soon. Apple should be praised for taking the risk in releasing a native mapping application. What they should be, and are being, criticised for is the launch of an application with just so many clear mistakes.

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"Apple should be praised for taking the risk in releasing a native mapping application. "

um no, they shouldn't if it's so riddled with flaws and bugs. if any other company (beholden to shareholders) released a product so crappy, no one would say "well, at least they tried". can't give them a pass on this....

Apple's already bought three companies in an attempt to get their iOS Maps app up to snuff. If they need more help than they're doing something wrong.

Apple maps should have been an optional download for the past year, in a beta form. Then they could have had lots of user feedback before they pushed it into the OS.

scooterman said,
Apple maps should have been an optional download for the past year, in a beta form. Then they could have had lots of user feedback before they pushed it into the OS.

This. Their secrecy and underwraps way of operating is really starting to hurt them.

funny thing is that I've seen google maps do the SAME thing. that is simply texture roads over mountains and make them look like slides as well as label churches as restaurants.

neonspark said,
funny thing is that I've seen google maps do the SAME thing. that is simply texture roads over mountains and make them look like slides as well as label churches as restaurants.
I've seen a few hiccups on their 3D maps but nothing this bad. And I've never seen a church labeled as a restaurant. Care to point that one out?

Since antennagate, people were "holding it wrong" and now, do people require special corrective lens to view the map.
Worst map ever from the worlds biggest company. It's pathetic.

msfan said,
Since antennagate, people were "holding it wrong" and now, do people require special corrective lens to view the map.
Worst map ever from the worlds biggest company. It's pathetic.
It's Apples new innovative 3D technology. You have to buy the iGoggles separately. Better hurry they're almost sold out. $950 on Ebay. Oh and don't forget the new connection adapter. $200 only through the Apple store.

Teebor said,
I kniow nothing about mapping or programming on iOS - I should apply
Too late. I just read that the "new and improved" iMonkeys just came out of of the maturation pods. The job listing is gone.

apple doesn't offer any choices. I guess is time for a big law suit like microsoft had with the browser choice to make a difference.

adiaga said,
apple doesn't offer any choices. I guess is time for a big law suit like microsoft had with the browser choice to make a difference.

I think if you checked there might be more than a few map alternatives. Not to mention that MS used their Windows monopoly to gain market share for their browser and to kill of netscape. Apple is not in a monopoly situation and it's google that has not attempted to release their own maps app(they're busy cashing in on the bad press coverage for apple).

bobbba said,

I think if you checked there might be more than a few map alternatives. Not to mention that MS used their Windows monopoly to gain market share for their browser and to kill of netscape. Apple is not in a monopoly situation and it's google that has not attempted to release their own maps app(they're busy cashing in on the bad press coverage for apple).


Apple is definitely the sole victim in this planned conspiracy of Google's. I hope Apple will sue Google soon for ruining the whole user experience.

hin123 said,

Apple is definitely the sole victim in this planned conspiracy of Google's. I hope Apple will sue Google soon for ruining the whole user experience.

What? It was Apple who pulled Google Maps to use their own. What the heck are you talking about.
Please learn to read.

TechieXP said,

What? It was Apple who pulled Google Maps to use their own. What the heck are you talking about.
Please learn to read.

Sarcasm is not your strongest point is it

Where are these job listings? The link posted goes to a page that says "No results found" Probably because a link that uses session ids was mistakingly posted instead of a link with search terms.

Rosyna said,
Where are these job listings? The link posted goes to a page that says "No results found" Probably because a link that uses session ids was mistakingly posted instead of a link with search terms.

You're right, missed that one. Changed and edited slightly. Thanks for the heads up!

MsftGaurav said,
Well here is an example of a company that is at least listening after the backlash.

What rubbish - here is an example of a company in complete denial.

".....working hard to make the customer experience even better...."

Even better than what? Nothing at all???

Because google maps was an overnight success without any hiccups along the way

It took google 9 years to update the satellite photo of where I live with one that actually showed our house exists so it's taken a long long time for the grass to grow green on that side of the fence.

bobbba said,
Because google maps was an overnight success without any hiccups along the way

It took google 9 years to update the satellite photo of where I live with one that actually showed our house exists so it's taken a long long time for the grass to grow green on that side of the fence.

and because Apple had to release its maps right now in the state it's in since everyone wanted it right?

bobbba said,
Because google maps was an overnight success without any hiccups along the way

It took google 9 years to update the satellite photo of where I live with one that actually showed our house exists so it's taken a long long time for the grass to grow green on that side of the fence.

Google Maps STILL thinks I live in a field and my house has been there since 2009...

bobbba said,
Because google maps was an overnight success without any hiccups along the way

It took google 9 years to update the satellite photo of where I live with one that actually showed our house exists so it's taken a long long time for the grass to grow green on that side of the fence.

Yes, but that's not exactly the same. Its not like Google Maps beta decided to replace a very tried and true existing maps solution that worked for 10s of millions of people.

I agree that yes it takes time, and I see no reason that Apple should go at it on their own. However, taking a very good app and replacing it with an absolute mess is a retarded idea, and that's what Apple has done. No excuses!

bobbba said,
Because google maps was an overnight success without any hiccups along the way

It took google 9 years to update the satellite photo of where I live with one that actually showed our house exists so it's taken a long long time for the grass to grow green on that side of the fence.

Apple developed this for 5 years too?

bobbba said,
Because google maps was an overnight success without any hiccups along the way

It took google 9 years to update the satellite photo of where I live with one that actually showed our house exists so it's taken a long long time for the grass to grow green on that side of the fence.

Apple have been working on this for a while too. The fact they have pushed it onto everyone without widespread testing was a complete and utter fail on their part.

Satalite Imaging aside the search options are diabolical. Searching for Luton (one of the major towns in the uk) takes you to a small hamlet of 8 houses in cornwall over 300 miles away.

As amusing as these mistakes are it's a total fail for apple.

Unplugged said,

Apple have been working on this for a while too. The fact they have pushed it onto everyone without widespread testing was a complete and utter fail on their part.

Satalite Imaging aside the search options are diabolical. Searching for Luton (one of the major towns in the uk) takes you to a small hamlet of 8 houses in cornwall over 300 miles away.

As amusing as these mistakes are it's a total fail for apple.

I used to live in Luton... that's pretty funny. I could argue there's also a Luton in Devon... but that's still far from Cornwall :-P

The Teej said,

I used to live in Luton... that's pretty funny. I could argue there's also a Luton in Devon... but that's still far from Cornwall :-P

Could be Devon I always get the three county's down their merged. Either way I would expect a reasonable maps program to firstly place priority to towns near my location and secondly place a massive priority when searching for a major town 35 miles away than a tiny village on the south coast

That could be an embarrassing mistake for anyone without a basic geography of the UK!

I always find things like this totally unacceptable.

From a small company, yes... from one of the biggest companies in the world, who are sitting on billion of dollars of cash, then it's a complete disgrace. Apple should be ashamed of themselves frankly. And Google must be having a damn good laugh at their expense.

Chicane-UK said,
And Google must be having a damn good laugh at their expense.

And Microsoft. And Nokia. Hell, Yahoo probably are too.

lamebo said,
They could put the old google maps app in the app store and let people have a choice

Not without google's permission

bobbba said,

Not without google's permission


Google already have it awaitingapproval.
Apple are misusing their market position as usual to drag their feet and make sure it stays out of the store for as long as possible in the hope that their service will be accepted by the time they are forced to approve it.
Oh but it is Microsoft and Google who are always accused of being anticompetitive and evil.

Try again: "Google Chairman Eric Schmidt on Tuesday confirmed a new version of its popular iOS mapping app has not yet been submitted to Apple"

bobbba said,
Try again: "Google Chairman Eric Schmidt on Tuesday confirmed a new version of its popular iOS mapping app has not yet been submitted to Apple"

apparently thats not what he said anyway.

IronChef75 said,
They don't need developers. They need pixie dust and Sodium Pentothal.

haha... That's what's gonna make the app from craptastic to revolutionOMG-tastic.