Customers around the world are upgrading to iOS 6 with over 200 new features including Apple Maps, our first map service. 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.
“To be clear, Maps, which draws some of its data from TomTom, can be quite slick when it works well; the Flyover feature is nice, as is the addition of voice navigation and crowdsourced traffic data,” John Paczkowski reports for AllThingsD.But none of those things matters much if Maps continues to stumble with its core functionality by returning inaccurate mapping data and directions.”
“Now, there’s no question that Apple will improve Maps over time. Sources tell AllThingsD that the team assigned to the app is under lockdown right now working to fix it. But it’s unfortunate that it was ever released in this condition in the first place,” Paczkowski reports. “Mapping applications are awfully hard to do well. Apple certainly knows this. And for a while, at least, it has a rough road ahead.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Our hopes have been realized.
In no way does Apple’s attempt to correct issues dissuade us from believing that this is a FUD-fueled, media-echo-chamber event. It doesn’t matter what the errors were, they were to be found and exploited ASAP.
You can help Apple improve Maps! iMore offers the following instructions:
1. Launch Maps from the Home screen
2. Tap the page curl at the bottom right
3. Tap Report a Problem (above the Print button)
4. Tap the type of problem you want to report:
– Search results are incorrect
– Street or other label is incorrect
– Location is missing
– Problem with directions
– Problem with satellite image
– My problem isn’t listed
5. Tap Next
6. Choose the search result, street label, etc. that’s giving you the problem
7. Tap Next
8. Add any comments, if asked
9. Tap Send.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers "Fred Mertz" and "Lynn Weiler" for the heads up.]
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