It was discovered over the past several months that Apple would be transitioning away from Google Maps in an effort to focus on its own mapping solution in iOS 6; yesterday, that plan became a reality when Apple seeded its iOS 6 software update to the public with a brand new Maps application. But first impressions of the new Maps app have been bad. Very bad.
In fact, the new Maps app in iOS 6, despite having flagship features such as Flyover, outright sucks because its core functionality is very poor right now. For instance, the app has been highly criticized for its lack of public transportation information, inaccurate destination and landmark results, and poor cartography in certain areas. The hefty amount of criticism has led to a quick Apple response:
“Customers around the world are upgrading to iOS 6 with over 200 new features including Apple Maps, our first map service,” spokeswoman Trudy Muller told AllThingsD. “We are excited to offer this service with innovative new features like Flyover and Siri integration, and free turn by turn navigation. We launched this new map service knowing that it is a major initiative and we are just getting started with it. We are continuously improving it, and as Maps is a cloud-based solution, the more people use it, the better it will get. We’re also working with developers to integrate some of the amazing transit apps in the App Store into iOS Maps. We appreciate all of the customer feedback and are working hard to make the customer experience even better.”
Apple will surely improve its new Maps app over time, but what do you think of the app as it currently stands?