“iOS 6 Maps. An unmitigated disaster, right?” John Brownlee asks for Cult of Mac.
Apparently not, “a recent poll suggests that most people don’t think Maps has degraded at all in iOS 6,” Brownlee reports. “The survey was conducted by Mike Blumenthal using the Google Consumer Surveys tool. There weren’t a lot of responses — only 168 — but of those polled, over 50 percent thought it was a non-issue, while an additionaly 23% thought it was firmly good enough.””
Brownlee reports, “Of those who responded, women were less likely to find iOS 6 Maps wanting than men.”
MacDailyNews Take: This is likely because women in general don’t use and/or don’t see maps in the same way as men*.
Ever get directions from a woman? It’s all landmarks. “Turn left by the big tree, then go past the new nail salon and, um, when you see the house with the pink shutters…” Get directions from a man and it’s a whole different spatial ballgame: “Turn left on Main Street, in a mile and a half, turn right onto Elm Street and go up the ramp to I-40. Take exit…”
*Before you get your panties in a bunch, don’t blame us, blame evolution. 😉
Brownlee reports, “City dwellers tended to be more happy than users in rural areas (this makes sense, as the data of major cities tends to be in better shape than for obscure country locales). At the end of the day, only 8.8 percent said that iOS 6 Maps had measurably changed their likelihood of buying future Apple products. In my mind, that’s still a pretty alarming number, but it’s certainly not a catastrophic one. People aren’t going to flee the iPhone for Android in droves because of Maps.”
Read more in the full article here.
MacDailyNews Note: Update, 7:30pm EDT: Rewrote first sentence of Take above for the sake of clarity.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Dan K.” and “Judge Bork” for the heads up.]