Motorola-Google slam Apple iOS 6 Maps on Facebook

The chorus of slams against Apple for its recently launched iOS 6 Maps has been non-stop since the latest version of Apple's mobile OS was launched earlier this week. Nokia has already taken the time to show how its Nokia Maps software is, in their opinion, superior to both Google Maps and iOS 6 Maps.

Now it's Google's turn, and it's using its Motorola smartphone subsidiary in its own attack against Apple's Map app. In a new post on the official Motorola Facebook page, it posts up an ad for the upcoming Droid Razr M smartphone and compares Google Maps to Apple's app on the iPhone 5.

The ad makes much of the fact that the data contained in Apple's Map app can be highly inaccurate. The Facebook post also contains the message, "Looking for 315 E 15th in Manhattan? Google Maps on DROID RAZR M will get you there & not #iLost in Brooklyn."

Of course, it must be said that Google Maps was the default map app in previous version of iOS and that Apple removed Google Maps for the iOS 6 launch. While there are rumors that Google is preparing its own iOS 6 map app, there's no confirmation and there's also no word if Apple would even allow Google Maps to reappear for iOS 6.

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When companies get to a certain size, the quality of their products decline. Apple is at that size now. Toyota, who used to put out excellent quality and now, they've had a good number of recalls in recent years.

This is disappointing. Really did not expect this from Apple, it does tarnish what has otherwise been a well received product. But they are only human after all. They make mistakes (MobileMe, Ping, Antennagate etc).

I read that they have held their hands up to the problems, so at least we know this will be fixed with time. They really had no other choice though, Google Maps had to go so it was going to happen sooner or later! Fingers crossed that by the time the 5S hits, the maps will be on-par with the detail & accuracy of Google Maps and this will hic-up will be long forgotten. I think they need to look elsewhere for their data...

On a side note. Why is it that Samsung/Moto seem to be taking potshots at the competition at the moment? Are they that desperate for people to pay attention to their products?

Personally, I'm waiting to upgrade to iOS 6 until they have an untethered jailbreak for it on the 4th gen iPod Touch. I just hope Apple Maps is fixed by then...

Google adding their own iOS 6 map would help, but its still not the same due to Apple not letting you set default applications for iOS. Clicking a link in your contacts will always take you to Apples pre-determined app that they want to force you to use.

Apple deserves to be slammed over this.

simplezz said,
#iLost lol. I wonder when Apple users will wake up and smell the coffee?

What does that even mean?

I wonder when people will stop rabbiting out the same old tired lines.

No, iPhone users do not buy iPhones because they have no idea that other phones exist. We have this thing, its called the internet.... They buy them because they want them, its their choice. There is no "waking up". This isn't the matrix.

I really wish these articles would stop grossly misusing the word "slam". They're not "slamming" Apple at all, they're criticizing, or at most, taking the Mickey. "Slamming" something is a whole order of magnitude more than is happening here.

I remember when Google maps 1st came out it was also rubbish, its a publicity spin to make the haters hate.

Yazoo said,
I remember when Google maps 1st came out it was also rubbish, its a publicity spin to make the haters hate.

But if I don't badly remember, Google maps was the first mapping software made freely available worldwide.

Of course people will complain if you change something for the worst, and not for something equal or greater.

Yazoo said,
I remember when Google maps 1st came out it was also rubbish, its a publicity spin to make the haters hate.

When Google released their online maps, they were one of the first ones on the market. As a pioneer you have to figure things out. Apple came in a market with a lot of different solutions already available. They could have learned something from others, this is not 10 years ago anymore.

jasonon said,
there is no way this is as bad as people are saying

Well the one up in the picture there is true. There are a lot of issues, there are also plenty of places where it works just fine but there are still a lot of issues.

Apple is Apple. like with the signal problems in iPhone 4 "you dont hold it right" they have something for this one too. but still people gonna buy it because they are sheeps and like sheeps they gonna be lost all the time with the iLost. ha ha ha

iMaps are the only reason I won't get an iPhone 5. I use Google Maps daily for bus schedules and driving directions, so hopefully Google gets a new app soon on iOS.

You cannot honestly say you have "The world's most advanced mobile operating system." when it is so blatantly obvious to anyone that it's not even close to such a claim.

(at least to anyone not inside the Reality Distortion Field, that is, but every iDevice generates that now in a smaller range and always has so you can't be anywhere near an Apple product or you'll be affected)

But, as noted, a month from now no one will care because Apple always get a pass on such things. As someone that owned an iPhone 4 2 days before it was released (preorder shipped early, was a gift from a family member), and standing on the balcony of my apartment building with line-of-sight to the cell tower I was associated with (about 275 feet away, almost the same height as my balcony actually), and watching the signal go from full strength to no strength to flat out disconnecting me from the cellular network in about 16 seconds as I held the phone exactly as Steve Jobs and the Apple marketing shows (meaning there was no requirement for some mysterious "Death Grip" on the device), that was pretty much it for me and Apple products.

I watched the actual iPhone 4 introduction and couldn't stop laughing as Steve Jobs himself tried not one, not two, but three different iPhone 4 devices in a desperate attempt to get it to function properly and then he had the audacity to blame the issues on the saturated 3G and Wi-Fi setup in that auditorium.

All the while nobody seemed to pay any attention to the fact that the iPhone 3GS never skipped a beat in the same exact environment and performed flawlessly as expected.

Apple. It just works, even in spite of direct visual evidence to the exact contrary.

Go figure.

If this was Microsoft they would have web caned with lawsuits from here to Redmond way!!!! I guess its Apple so let's just sweepmitmunderthe carpet. I use an iPhone but this stupidity has to stop. Whee is mynrightto choose what I want to use!!!!!
I smell Attorneys heading to Cupertino burrowing awaybatbthat wad off cash for we that cannot hoard.

If they gave a **** about their customers, they would provide an update putting Google's software back on there.

Nashy said,
If they gave a **** about their customers, they would provide an update putting Google's software back on there.
The problems are really but it would be so smart of them to just say screw the ridiculous prices Google are asking for and ignore the fact that Google will no doubt release their own app soon enough anyway, now wouldn't it? Even then, I'm sure there are other local map services you can use, specially outside the US, I've always had to have a local map on there to since Google has a tendency to find me very odd route directions and have some very outdated and incomplete POI data.

Leonick said,
The problems are really but it would be so smart of them to just say screw the ridiculous prices Google are asking for and ignore the fact that Google will no doubt release their own app soon enough anyway, now wouldn't it? Even then, I'm sure there are other local map services you can use, specially outside the US, I've always had to have a local map on there to since Google has a tendency to find me very odd route directions and have some very outdated and incomplete POI data.

Can you please quote where Google has asked for an insane amount?(read something that is very diffrent than market). As i remember Apple does not allow an app into its app store that directly competes with its own apps?

Leonick said,
The problems are really but it would be so smart of them to just say screw the ridiculous prices Google are asking for and ignore the fact that Google will no doubt release their own app soon enough anyway, now wouldn't it? Even then, I'm sure there are other local map services you can use, specially outside the US, I've always had to have a local map on there to since Google has a tendency to find me very odd route directions and have some very outdated and incomplete POI data.

Now, here's how regular people actually think.

"This maps thing is ****. I hate this phone. It's a crap phone cause the maps are crap"

Interesting that they intentionally disabled the satellite view on the iPhone to make the Droid look better.

Simon said,
Interesting that they intentionally disabled the satellite view on the iPhone to make the Droid look better.
All they did was a favor to Apple. Believe me, it was not gonna look good.

Simon said,
Interesting that they intentionally disabled the satellite view on the iPhone to make the Droid look better.

Have you seen the apple interface? It's worse than Google maps in every manner. Not sure why they used the satellite view though, it's the least used one and gives off the impression that apple maps is more simple and easier to use.

Simon said,
Interesting that they intentionally disabled the satellite view on the iPhone to make the Droid look better.

It just looks like a TV test pattern with satellite on. That or, the end of the world.

xankazo said,
All they did was a favor to Apple. Believe me, it was not gonna look good.

The clouds that appear over the satellite imagery on Apple maps is just another element of their skeuomorphic design sense.

Simon said,
Interesting that they intentionally disabled the satellite view on the iPhone to make the Droid look better.
Really? As stated before - they did Apple a favor. The satellite view is worse than the standard view. Obviously you missed the melted buildings and roads. Two separate buildings that become one. Roads that look like they were imaged during a 9.0 earthquake. A resolution so low you almost have to try to accomplish something so bad.

They did Apple a favor.

Hey, it's fine that you try to defend Google by saying they're being nice - but it's in no way even remotely factual.

Most of the satellite imagery for Apple Maps is just fine. A lot of the 3D stuff is messed up, yes - but that's an incredibly impressive looking gimmick. One which I'm sure Google also has bugs with - their 3D maps didn't look fantastic last time I gave it a look.

If Apple's satellite imagery is really as bad as you say, it still would've been more genuine to make the phones display the same *kind* of data. Making one display a map and one display satellite is nothing more than a ploy to make people think one is better than the other.

One *is* better than the other, and right about now there's very little doubt that that's Google. They don't need to change any settings to demonstrate that searching for the ice cream store down the street from you on Google Maps is about 500x more likely to net you the correct result than doing the same on Apple Maps.

Totalaero said,
Why is everyone picking on Apple maps that is not even fully stable?
Well, it did just ship on 2 million phones yesterday, not to mention the millions of other phones that have been updated to iOS 6. It's not a beta anymore...

Simon said,
Well, it did just ship on 2 million phones yesterday, not to mention the millions of other phones that have been updated to iOS 6. It's not a beta anymore...
It was either Option A. Delay the iPhone 5 and wait some years in till they get 1 single app working. Option B. Preload the iPhone with Google Maps which contract expired with Apple and would cost Apple a whole lot of money on a new contract. or Option C. Make your own map and just release a update on it once the team gets it stable.

Totalaero said,
Why is everyone picking on Apple maps that is not even fully stable?

Lol - not stable app on a stable release of iOS, good one!

Totalaero said,
Why is everyone picking on Apple maps that is not even fully stable?

They deserved to be picked on for such foolish acts of selfishness.

redman68 said,

They deserved to be picked on for such foolish acts of selfishness.

How are Apple selfish? firstly, nobody is forcing anyone to use their iOS devices, people are doing that with their own free will. There are plenty of alternatives so no excuse to just remain with Apple and bitch and moan. Secondly, you clearly don't understand how Apple operate. Apple's main goal (and philosophy) is end-to-end integration. They want complete control over the entire ecosystem; from software to hardware, from manufacturing to underlying technologies. Why do Apple want this? because they (read as the late Steve Jobs) believe the only way to create a seamless end-to-end solution is to control every aspect of it so it can be fine tuned to precision detail. That is my 2 cents.

Xerxes said,

How are Apple selfish?

Lets see.

Forces you to use their software and hardware exclusively. Particularly useful for keeping complete control of the after market software and hardware. Makes the developers and manufacturers into their own little b!tches.
Charges through the nose for the privilege. Over $1000 after tax where I live for the 64GB version. That'll be because they couldn't possibly offer you the miraculous invention called the microSD slot. Rather charge you hundreds of dollars extra for something you can buy in walmart for a fraction of the cost and use in multiple other manufacturers devices.
Cynically redesigns hardware simply to gouge more money from customers in the form of new cables and adapters
Has developed a penchant for suing just about anyone they can
Every year, deliberately throttles inventory at launch time to falsely create hype around their products.

I could go on.

rippleman said,
I know alot of people are not having much luck with apple maps, but its working for my area perfectly....

Didn't you say just yesterday, after claiming it was perfect in your area and the problems others were seeing was the fault of not being connected to wifi (because not being connected to wifi would show streets in the middle of a lake or buildings being drawn flat) that you found some items were not correct?

nohone said,

Didn't you say just yesterday, after claiming it was perfect in your area and the problems others were seeing was the fault of not being connected to wifi (because not being connected to wifi would show streets in the middle of a lake or buildings being drawn flat) that you found some items were not correct?

In his defence he admitted he misread that comment and his response was based on that. Only MeltedMacaroni has claimed they're perfect with zer5o issues

-T- said,

In his defence he admitted he misread that comment and his response was based on that. Only MeltedMacaroni has claimed they're perfect with zer5o issues

Yes, I did read that he later said there were problems. But in this comment he said they were "working for my area perfectly" which contradicts his comment in that forum comment.

Pathetic, I'm disappointed in Motorola/Google. They seem to forgot when Google Maps was version 1.0 it wasn't that great either. Yeah it has a few issues right now but how many version 1.0 products don't? not many I wager. Give Apple some time to get the kinks ironed out and let it mature abit, then we'll see how it really does.

Xerxes said,
Pathetic, I'm disappointed in Motorola/Google. They seem to forgot when Google Maps was version 1.0 it wasn't that great either. Yeah it has a few issues right now but how many version 1.0 products don't? not many I wager. Give Apple some time to get the kinks ironed out and let it mature abit, then we'll see how it really does.

Irrelevant.

The fact of the matter was that there was a perfectly fine maps app in the iPhone until Apple decided to be clowns and ditch Google (youtube app too) wherever possible. Their own users suffer for this pettiness. Meanwhile they integrate sinking ships (facebook) directly into the OS.

Maybe Apple is looking to emulate Facebooks stunning share price performance..

technikal said,

Irrelevant.

The fact of the matter was that there was a perfectly fine maps app in the iPhone until Apple decided to be clowns and ditch Google (youtube app too) wherever possible. Their own users suffer for this pettiness. Meanwhile they integrate sinking ships (facebook) directly into the OS.

Maybe Apple is looking to emulate Facebooks stunning share price performance..

It wasn't perfectly fine though, Apple didn't control it. Apple cannot handle not being in complete control (blame Jobs for this, he was an uber control freak) and replacing Google Maps has been on the table for a long time now, using it was only ever a stop gap till Apple got their own solution off the ground. Doesn't matter how good Google Maps is, did you really think Apple would let Google make money off them when they are busy waging a war to destroy them? I think not.

I've never seen any mapping product as bad as Apple's. Yes, even when they first launched @ v1.0.
Google's worked very well for me when it first launched.

Sacha said,
I've never seen any mapping product as bad as Apple's. Yes, even when they first launched @ v1.0.
Google's worked very well for me when it first launched.

Guess it all depends where you live. Apple Maps (on my iPod touch 4G) work perfectly fine here in Melbourne, Australia. The only major differences between it and Google Maps I've noticed, are the satellite images are lot less detailed (can't zoom in as far) and the same for the standard view maps, just show basic detail while the Google ones show much higher level of detail.

Xerxes said,

Guess it all depends where you live. Apple Maps (on my iPod touch 4G) work perfectly fine here in Melbourne, Australia. The only major differences between it and Google Maps I've noticed, are the satellite images are lot less detailed (can't zoom in as far) and the same for the standard view maps, just show basic detail while the Google ones show much higher level of detail.

No doubt in most of the world it's probably perfectly accurate.

The issue with maps is they generally work best when they're 99.9%+ accurate. From the look of some of the parody websites we've likely all laughed at in the last few days, they're not near 99.9% accurate on iPhone5.

Apple coming along with "work in progress" type statements doesn't really cut the mustard either. If you replace something that is used by probably millions of your users it has to be of similar quality, or preferably superior, to the app/program you're replacing.

It's a bit of a debacle for Apple. The iphone5 itself underwhelmed most knowledgeable commentators and now an important use of the device is shown to be bordering on the farcical. For the less savvy user who might be unaware and relies on that navigation it could even be costly or dangerous depending on what it throws up on screen. I've seen examples where places are miles from where they are in reality. Seen pictures where it tells you to take toll/transponder routes or go the wrong way down one way streets. Not exactly a flawless user experience.

When pretty much all your major competitors are taking the **** out of you in videos and adverts you know it's getting nasty out there.

technikal said,

No doubt in most of the world it's probably perfectly accurate.


In Japan, one of Apple biggest market after the US, the Apple Maps app is completely broken.

Xerxes said,
Pathetic, I'm disappointed in Motorola/Google. They seem to forgot when Google Maps was version 1.0 it wasn't that great either.

1) Google Maps at version 1.0, back in 2005, was way more accurate than Apple Maps in 2012.
2) Back in 2005, Google Maps was competing against MapQuest and Yahoo! Maps. In 2012, competition is a lot more fierce with Nokia and Microsoft, and you can't launch a new mapping service that's not at least on par with them on basic features.

Xerxes said,

It wasn't perfectly fine though, Apple didn't control it. Apple cannot handle not being in complete control (blame Jobs for this, he was an uber control freak) and replacing Google Maps has been on the table for a long time now, using it was only ever a stop gap till Apple got their own solution off the ground. Doesn't matter how good Google Maps is, did you really think Apple would let Google make money off them when they are busy waging a war to destroy them? I think not.

So for you the business decision that apple took is more important or justified than the overall customer experience?

The customer (not fanboys) could care less about the behind the scenes thinking. All they know is that a good map app was removed and a crappy one added. But guess the customer comes last?

The Gunslinger said,

So for you the business decision that apple took is more important or justified than the overall customer experience?

The customer (not fanboys) could care less about the behind the scenes thinking. All they know is that a good map app was removed and a crappy one added. But guess the customer comes last?

Well considering Apple believe all customers are idiots who don't know what they want, yes it takes more importance to Apple. It also should be noticed, Apple have the highest customer satisfaction rate of any company and the best customer service on the plant. They must be doing something right

Granted alot of customers are frustrated with the new maps app but there doesn't seem to be a huge return rate over it (yet). Most Apple loyal people I've spoken too so far, just accept it's crap and have faith Apple will fix it soon. You can't buy that kind of loyalty.

Edited by Xerxes, Sep 24 2012, 8:31am :

Xerxes said,

Well considering Apple believe all customers are idiots who don't know what they want, yes it takes more importance to Apple.


You're aware that Steve Jobs was directly quoting Henry Ford, right?
“If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.”
That's what Jobs meant when he said that "people don't know what they want until you show it to them."
Granted alot of customers are frustrated with the new maps app but there doesn't seem to be a huge return rate over it (yet). Most Apple loyal people I've spoken too so far, just accept it's crap and have faith Apple will fix it soon. You can't buy that kind of loyalty.

It's way too early to see any impact in the sales figures.
All I know is that I've put off upgrading to iPhone 5 (I was planning on getting the 64GB model) and many of my friends owning an iPhone 4/4S have done the same because of Apple's new Maps app.
A couple of years ago, Jobs admitted himself that "we don't know how to do maps on the back end, so we partner with those companies that do. It's really hard for one company to do everything."
If Apple really wants to try to fix this mess, it will take them years to get back to the level Google Maps is today. It's the reason why I'm not holding my breath for a fix by Apple, and that unless Google release their app for iOS 6 (or someone finds a way to get it back) I'll have to start looking for another phone to replace my iPhone 4.

has already taken the time to show how its Nokia Maps software is, in their opinion, superior to both Google Maps and iOS 6 Maps

To be fair, Nokia wasn't taking a dig at the problems with iOS6's maps. They were comparing their features, functionality, and accuracy to Google and Apple Maps.

The problems with iOS6 are really silly, but even if they were working great, Nokia still provides a better 'free/integrated' solution.

PS How on earth does it get "Marlborough Rd" from "e 15th st", that is funny until you realize there are people that depend on this feature working.

TsarNikky said,
It appears that Apple is picking up Microsoft's bad habits and business practices.

Huh? Isn't launching products long before their finished more of a Google thing? I suppose Google always sticks "beta" on there though.

Good **** them. I used maps on my iPhone 4 ALOT. Now, not so much because nothing shows up like it did. Places I check out, are not where they are or it cannot find it. I typed in the address, and couldnt find it. I still love my iphone and IOS, I just wish they didn't screw up the maps like they did.

Dane said,
Good **** them. I used maps on my iPhone 4 ALOT. Now, not so much because nothing shows up like it did. Places I check out, are not where they are or it cannot find it. I typed in the address, and couldnt find it. I still love my iphone and IOS, I just wish they didn't screw up the maps like they did.

The sad thing is, iphone/ios6 users might never see a Google app. As i remember Apple does not allow an app into its app store that directly competes with its inbuilt apps.

The truth hurts, but as I've stated many times over the past few days, Apple fanatics don't care, they can't see mistakes, they can't see booboos, hell at this point they can't even see the right location for some places they might wish to visit - but none of that matters as Apple can do no wrong in their eyes.

It's pathetic that Apple has chosen to force iOS 6 users into becoming alpha testers for their Maps app, it truly is (there's that truth thing again), but, the herd mentality (read: sheep) means it only requires one Apple iOS 6 user to say "I'm ok with this" and the rest just fall in line.

In a month nobody will care as this becomes "the norm" and it's simply brushed aside, as usual.

br0adband said,
The truth hurts, but as I've stated many times over the past few days, Apple fanatics don't care, they can't see mistakes, they can't see booboos, [...] In a month nobody will care as this becomes "the norm" and it's simply brushed aside, as usual.

What do you expect them to do? Switch to Windows phones en masse over this? In a month, the Google maps app will probably have been released for iOS and I'm guessing many will be switching to that, and of course Apple's solution will improve over time. In any case, it seems to me that Apple fanatics are among the ones crying the loudest about all of this.

CJEric said,

What do you expect them to do? Switch to Windows phones en masse over this? In a month, the Google maps app will probably have been released for iOS and I'm guessing many will be switching to that, and of course Apple's solution will improve over time. In any case, it seems to me that Apple fanatics are among the ones crying the loudest about all of this.

Apple lives on credibility or perceived credibility. It appears they can no longer spin their way back to faux credibility, like they could in the past.

The financial boom of Apple is sadly predictable, with their boom periods in the past having the same formula. They introduce a good product, it does well, they follow up feeding their customer base, and if lucky they get another variation of the product and follow up with their customers before their success dives.

The iPod, iPhone, iPad has been their longest plateau of success, but most analysts are waiting for the drop, as they cannot continue to produce something that changes the market every couple of years, and when the 'new' ends, they drop back to obscurity in the mainstream.

This is where Apple's monopolistic like structure and control of their products comes back around to bite them in long term sustained success. Spike, Plateau, Drop.

If they were more 'involved' and helped to sustain the suppliers and market they helped to create, they would have a long term success, instead they try to keep too much for themselves and it ends up killing off long term partnerships.

iTunes - companies and consumers are chomping for something to replace it and get away from Apple's control. iPhone - as soon as it dips and loses 'credibility' in the market, their suppliers that they have treated like CRAP will be very eager to run.

Do you really think that Samsung will continue to give Apple a good deal on RAM once the iPhone is no longer a large or influential product? With the Android numbers now, it almost to the tipping point. The same is true for LG and other suppliers than provide the components for Apple and can't lose the revenue, but no longer want the relationship.

This is where Microsoft has always done well, even the companies that hate them for various reasons, still work with them, and in turn, Microsoft does the same. Sony still sells Windows PCs, Sony even make Apps for the XBox 360, which is directly in their playground.

The way Microsoft and others that have survived work and have sustained success, and these business models do not depend on a new invention every year to keep the numbers up.

So, no people are not going to dump iPhones, but there is becoming less of a reason to own an iPhone, and 'perceived' failures like this even cause the true believers in Apple to reconsider their faux 'quality' that they sell.


CJEric said,

What do you expect them to do? Switch to Windows phones en masse over this? In a month, the Google maps app will probably have been released for iOS and I'm guessing many will be switching to that, and of course Apple's solution will improve over time. In any case, it seems to me that Apple fanatics are among the ones crying the loudest about all of this.

There have been Apple fans who have been critical, and some who have not been. One Apple fan here on Neowin said that every map he viewed was perfect, so it must be everyone's WiFi connection causing the problems. Another said that maps are hard to do, so we should cut them some slack because Apple tried, and that is what really counts. The Apple fans mock other devices for playing catch-up to iOS devices, and now Apple themselves are playing catch-up, and will for at least another year with features such as NFC, maps, etc. many of their fans blow it off as not important or we can wait. When Apple shipped a beta product before, Siri, at least it was usable. They thought they could ship another beta product without any objection, there are a number of Apple fans who are pushing back, and Apple's own response shows that they really don't care that much.

Most Apple users are also pretty upset about the state of maps. Even the "fanatics."

I'll use the Google Maps website in the meantime. It's not a perfect solution, but it's good enough, and I'm very satisfied with the rest of my iPhone 5.

But to each their own. Android and Windows Phone are great too.

CJEric said,

What do you expect them to do? Switch to Windows phones en masse over this? In a month, the Google maps app will probably have been released for iOS and I'm guessing many will be switching to that, and of course Apple's solution will improve over time. In any case, it seems to me that Apple fanatics are among the ones crying the loudest about all of this.

So it's "acceptable" when people move from other platforms to Apple, but when it's the other way around it becomes inconceivable? Oh, I get it... it's because it's APPLE, right?

br0adband said,
The truth hurts, but as I've stated many times over the past few days, Apple fanatics don't care, they can't see mistakes, they can't see booboos, hell at this point they can't even see the right location for some places they might wish to visit - but none of that matters as Apple can do no wrong in their eyes.

I'm not sure if I qualify as an "Apple fanatic," but I'm a long time Apple user (10+ years) and Apple's atrocious Maps app has made me seriously reconsider getting an iPhone 5 or not.
I haven't updated my iOS devices to iOS 6 because I use the Maps app at least a few times a week and Apple's app is completely unusable.
I know a number of iPhone 4 and 4S owners who updated to iOS 6 not knowing anything about the Maps issue (they're not techies) and are now p#ssed that they can't use the app anymore. They're not happy with the "web app" workaround, they don't know or care about "jailbreaking" and having to install an hypothetical "Google Maps" app in the future to replace the non-working Apple one doesn't make sense to them; Apple products are supposed to "just work" out of the box after all.

xankazo said,

So it's "acceptable" when people move from other platforms to Apple, but when it's the other way around it becomes inconceivable? Oh, I get it... it's because it's APPLE, right?


Most people that uses Apple products expect stuff to work out of the box, and the fact is that for most non-tech people that are used to Apple products, switching to anything else is painful.

thenetavenger said,

Apple lives on credibility or perceived credibility. It appears they can no longer spin their way back to faux credibility, like they could in the past.

Not gonna quote whole thing, but well put.

br0adband said,
It's pathetic that Apple has chosen to force iOS 6 users into becoming alpha testers for their Maps app

Could be worse. They could have made us alpha testers for an entire OS

AngryDenny said,
I guess going "Thermonuclear" on Android means iOS customers get an Alpha app.

Looks like Apple spent too much time on litigation and not enough on testing the iOS Maps App!!!

neo158 said,

Looks like Apple spent too much time on litigation and not enough on testing the iOS Maps App!!!

Bad analogy, but in your defense, it could be reasonable that instead of programmers, they just had extra lawyers code the App.

.fahim said,
it's a fair jibe - game on I say....

Its fair, but I also think people are over playing it. Keep in mind that the Google maps app for iOS hasn't really been updated from the original iPhone, it is very limited and doesn't have GPS guided turn-by-turn directions. Apple's new program is an improvement. It leaves a LOT of room to grow, but all in all, I feel like I have a better program after updating, not worse.

Still, I will admit, I am disappointed. This feels like Apple rushed this program to market and didn't fully vet it out. Even the user interface feels a little awkward, which is supposedly Apple's strength. I have owned Android products too and the Google Maps and Navigation apps on that platform (even from a year ago) are better than Apple's new app.

Tidus4eva said,

I'm from Australia. I search my address and get locations in America


I think Fanboys are just a lab rat for apple .. apple release fanboy suffer...

Lewism said,
My street doesn't even exist!

Hmm, at least the road outside my house exists, it's got no name though and my address can't be found, the weird part is that I know TomTom has all that in their data because my close to ten year old never updated TomTom GPS can find it the address and name the road...