Defects

Jean-Louis Gassée on Apple Maps:

The ridicule that Apple has suffered following the introduction of the Maps application in iOS 6 is largely self-inflicted. The demo was flawless, 2D and 3D maps, turn-by-turn navigation, spectacular flyovers…but not a word from the stage about the app’s limitations, no self-deprecating wink, no admission that iOS Maps is an infant that needs to learn to crawl before walking, running, and ultimately lapping the frontrunner, Google Maps.

Hard to argue with that.



  • http://totalipad.com/ Christopher

    I used the Apple Maps since beta, mostly the turn-by-turn and I never had 1 problem with wrong directions. Matter of fact it was the best turn-by-turn I have ever used on a phone. I personally never messed with the 2D/3D stuff as it seems gimmicky to me, nor the flyovers. I just want directions. I also don’t use public transportation or walk so I can’t speak to that but the turn-by-turn has been flawless.

  • Eric M.

    I have used the new maps for the last few days and I think it’s great. Google maps are still an option using safari but I am very happy with the new navigation feature and the vector maps. I know everyone’s needs are different but I am the typical iPhone 5 user and I love the new Apple maps. It seems like this is being blown way out of proportion, similar to antennagate. Android phones have so many little annoyances (the lack of timely OS updates for existing hardware alone is super annoying) but they aren’t worth reporting on because no one really cares.

  • Larsson Hugo

    Second largest city in Sweden is missing from Apple maps. It’s pretty bad.

    • http://twitter.com/abdoradus abdoradus

      I guess that would be Gothenburg. That is on Apple’s maps. Just search for it, or zoom in to its position. What’s missing is the name of the city. That’s still a glitch but a minor one.

    • DAW1972

      Really? I am looking at Gullbergs Strandgata now in a nice pseudo 3D (that I can’t do in Google maps).

  • cronked

    Apple never mentions shortcomings when talking about their produts. They always highlight the benefits. This is sales after all.. Perhaps they should have released this as beta as they did with Siri? Maps works great in Portland, Oregon though. The turn by turn has been accurate for me so far.

    • Maxi456

      I think, they could not say its “Beta” because you can not replace a aorking system (Google Maps) with a beta. And apart from the 2D/3D gimmicks it works pretty well… They should have bought better Sat-images but then again, that ist probably something you have to do over time (buying flyover time etc…)

  • VGISoftware

    This is total crap from an EX-Apple (disaffected?) employee.

    Do parents feel obliged to relate their new-born’s limitations? Of course not. They show their child around proudly and BOAST about how wonderful he/she is. It’s obvious that it’s a new-born and on a new growth path, and anyone who cared at all would with it well.

    So why are these fools coming down on the Apple Maps app so hard? Should Apple have waited for a better time to “bear” it? Of course not. Much of its development depends on feedback Apple gets from its being in use in the field.

    This is just more “Apple hate” and most likely paid for or incited by Apple’s enemies.

  • A T Matthews

    Apple’s maps are impressive, given the relatively short time they spent making them. Apple should’ve signed up to Google Maps for a while longer while they perfected their own app.