Woz ‘disappointed’ over initial Apple Maps version, but issues ‘not severe’ enough to warrant media firestorm

“Reviews of Apple’s Maps have been mixed at best, but problems with the application may not be as bad as they’ve been made out to be, according to Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak,” Spandas Lui reports for ZDNet.

“Wozniak said he was loving the iPhone 5, but admitted he was slightly disappointed with Apple Maps,” Lui reports. “The Apple co-founder is aware of the highly publicised errors with Apple’s Maps, but suspected the severity of the flaws has been exaggerated. ‘I have been reading about the problems, and I don’t know if they are that severe,’ he said.”

Lui reports, “He used the iPhone 4 antenna issue as an example. The phone was proven to lose reception when the antenna band is touched, leading to dropped calls. In normal use, Wozniak never really noticed the problem. ‘Sometimes, there are a lot of complaints about one little thing people spot, but it’s not that hard to deal with in life,’ he said.”

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MacDailyNews Take:

This is no different than “iPod screen scratches,” “Antennagate,” etc. Take a minor issue (or invent one) and then blow it all out of proportion in the media echo chamber in a quixotic attempt to slow down the inevitable record-shattering iPhone 5 sales. These sort of FUD campaigns have been going on after major Apple product releases for years. Antennagate was a two-parter – they actually used it twice! (Nothing smells worse than recycled FUD.)

Just like all the anti-Apple FUD that’s gone before, this won’t work, either.MacDailyNews Take, September 20, 2012


  1. I’ve got an idea! Let’s ask WOZNIAK what he thinks? With all due respect–when was the last time Woz did something that mattered in tech in the last 2 decades? He served an historical role at Apple once upon a time but certainly not in apple’s resurgence since ’96. Quit asking him what he thinks–it’s not relevant.

    1. I think you’re missing the point. To the tech press Woz is an open goal to score a cheap shot at Apple. Badger him enough with leading questions and then select the quotes they want.

      Woz is an extremely talented engineer who built a lot of the Apple ][ in his head. It’s no wonder he doesn’t see a problem with Android’s usability. Fortunately, Steve Jobs knew that for Apple to be a success it had to build devices for the rest of us.

  2. Stop Bashing Woz, without him there would be no apple in the 1st place. He was asked a question and he answered truthfully. i am not impressed with apple maps either, but i understand and respect why apple ditched Google. Apple Maps are beta atm and therefore behind google maps, but in future with updates this will change.

    1. good for you, in my part of the world (UK) the map coverage is not great, apart from major areas like central London. but given time this will improve and we will forget about google maps

  3. The only issue I’ve found with the new Apple Maps is that the nearby stores/places info is a little out of date. So far, the streets are in good shape. The big benefits have been turn-by-turn directions and vector-based maps, and these outweigh the growing pains by a big margin in my case. In a year or two, it shouldn’t even be a trade-off, so I’m thrilled with this change. If you mileage varies, just get one of the other free map apps from the App Store. How is this a “BIG DEAL” exactly?

  4. I passed a tomtom car yesterday mapping our streets, I’m sure they are driving around in more
    Places as well. I have been using navigon for the past 2 years now and will most
    Likely continue to use it for turn by turn navigation. It works really well for me. I may never use apple’s maps. I find it funny how people are freaking out over this, seems
    Nobody knows there are other apps for navigation let alone typing maps.google.com into safari.

  5. I’ve only used the new map app a half-dozen times. So far, it’s been accurate, although I don’t doubt there are problems, since friends have complained about it. Apple should have called it a beta perhaps, but Google Maps repeatedly sent me to the wrong location. The 3D function is miraculous. Touring central London on the app is light years ahead of Google; I could almost look into the windows of the apartment we rented on Tower Hill.

  6. This is going to be typical of all future iPhone updates when FUD’s will come out of their crevices and look for something insignificant to complain about and blow up all over the net. This started with antennagate, Sirigate and now mapsgate.

    There should be a word for these types of useless people.

  7. Not making excuses for Apple here, but it is as if in the tech blog world everyone (particularly “fandroids”) have suddenly forgotten all the times Google’s maps totally screwed them over.

    Whatever mapping software you use (Google maps, Apple’s Maps, map quest, etc.) if you are 100 percent depending on it you are opening yourself up for an inefficient or errant path to your destination. When it really matters that you get there on time, it’s never a bad idea to take a couple of extra minutes before you embark on your journey to compare a couple of the services. That’s what I do and usually between a couple of them you’ll find the “real” way to get there.

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