Can’t Get There Or Back Again: A Navigation Tale by Apple Maps

This is for all of you who have been living in a hole for the past few days and haven’t heard about all of the controversy surrounding Apple Maps, the new navigation app that Apple used to replace Google Maps in their latest iOS (it sucks btw).  Or perhaps your in that hole because Apple Maps led you there.  However you ended up in your unfortunate position, this is for you.  Apples foray into the turn by turn business has been nothing short of a failure by today’s standards.  Entire monuments are wrong.  Businesses are missing.  Museums are in rivers. Cities have been wiped from the map.  And these are just surface scratches on the number of things that are wrong with the maps in iOS6.  Keep reading for an insightful video on the matter by Hitler, as well as instructions for iPhone owners on how to print of Google Maps from their computers.

Now, understandably, Maps is going to have some issues.  What is hard to understand is why they didn’t release a Beta of the Maps application in order to lay some ground for their Maps before replacing Googles client completely.  It is unacceptable that local businesses and landmarks are either completely off or missing entirely.  Whole towns either being removed or named incorrectly are other things that can’t happen when you release a new maps app that is supposed to be a full turn by turn navigation app.  A lot of people are trying to defend Apple, stating the Google Maps suffered from the same issues when it was released.  But that was years ago, before they were supposed to act as a full replacement navigation system in a smart phone.  Also, Google Maps employs 7,000+ individuals to work on their app, driving around 5 million miles a year for street view photos and GPS data.  Apple has no where near the employment force for their Maps application.  And, unfortunately for them, in an ever changing world, if you plan to stay current, you need that kind of force driving your maps.  The moral of the story is not to fix what isn’t broken.  Go ahead and release your maps if you must, but don’t forcibly remove Google’s map app and then simply refer people to their mobile site later when your app is insufficient.  Allow them to run side by side until things are smoothed out.  Look below to see a few images from around the web.

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