When a consumer thinks Apple, they think of quality and ease-of-use. With a brand that’s seen in such a positive light by so many, it’s hard to image a scenario where Apple would launch a product that’s full of holes – risking damage to that brand.
In a new report from CNET, there are now claims that developers were actively complaining (through official and unofficial channels) for months before the launch of the iOS 6.
According to the developers, they were not only unimpressed with the APIs offered, but they raised major concerns over the quality of the data in the maps. The words of one developer clearly echo what the press and public have been saying for weeks now: “What was needed wasn't so much an interface for reporting a single point as incorrect, but for selecting an entire region and saying ‘all of this -- it's wrong.’”
"...wrong". This is the kind of issue developers tried warned Apple about.
The developers argue that it doesn’t matter for them where the data comes from, so long as their customers are still getting a great experience. If their applications are now broken or operating poorly due to issues with Maps in iOS 6, there’s a good chance that their customers will be coming to them for a solution – meaning that they’ll be spending time trying to find solutions to mapping problems instead of working on new features.
One developer claims that an Apple employee responded to their email complaint, stating that the issue was “well understood” internally. Apple declined to comment on the story.
Developers did express that they were pleased with some of the improvements that Apple has made to Maps since iOS 6 first launched, and of course consumers are also beginning to see the light at the end of the long tunnel ahead.
Image courtesy of: The Amazing iOS 6 Maps (Tumblr)