I like multiple systems too. Actually, the Google Maps app I have on my test Android 2.3 device has a nice feature the discontinued Apple Maps app didn't have. You can use two fingers to rotate the map. I thought that was cool.
Anyway, it's too bad Apple turned its own maps app into such an unusable mess.
As the previous poster said, it is absolutely valid to complain about a feature that has been removed and replaced by an inferior product in a product that we have paid a huge amount if money for.
You say "There are loads of other options in the App Store. Many are free. MapQuest and Waze are just two that are highly recommended."
Firstly MapQuest is not available in App stores outside of the USA and Waze doesn't I believe have satellite imagery.
It is satellite imagery that is one of the big complaints, along with inaccurate mapping data and missing and misplaced roads/towns etc.
Why should we have to resort to finding other third part maps. These don't integrate in the same way as built-in maps, try using 'Find iPhone' in an area of the world that is not mapped correctly! A lot if other mapping product use the built in maps as well, so they don't help either.
In the UK entire towns are missing or misplaced!iPhone 5, iOS 6
In Japan, on the discontinued Apple Maps app, which used Google services, I would frequently use it to find stores and places where I was meeting friends. I would just follow the blue dot. The map details showed all the block numbers, and most of the building and store names.
The new Apple Maps app doesn't even show the block numbers in my neighborhood! Just empty outlines. That's like leaving out the street names in the U.S.!
It's clearly a huge downgrade of what they were providing. It is a legitimate thing to complain about. Things got worse.
Currently Being ModeratedSep 21, 2012 11:09 PM (in response to Doug Lerner2)
As a traveller.. apart from SMS and Calls.. Maps is my most used function.
In a new city? need to find a bus to a hotel/business? just whip out the handy mapps app.
Not sure of the address you're looking for but know roughly where it is and remember a landmark? just have a stroll around in street view.
the new application is TERRIBLE
let me go back to google
This map app have potential to be impressive. But it's not.
The question is wether apple shipped the app to early. Well now it's here and apple have a job to do. Make this app shine! Apple is the only company who dare to create an map app that in a year going to nock the socks out of every one. It's a go Tim. Nock them off!
From a NY Times colum about this:
More to the point, Apple wants to force its customers to use its own products, even when they are not as good as those from rivals. Once companies start acting that way, they become vulnerable to newer, nimbler competitors that are trying to create something new, instead of milking the old. Just ask BlackBerry, which once reigned supreme in the smartphone market but is now roadkill for Apple and Samsung.
Even before Jobs died, Apple was becoming a company whose main goal was to defend its business model. Yes, he would never have allowed his minions to ship such an embarrassing application. But despite his genius, it is unlikely he could have kept Apple from eventually lapsing into the ordinary. It is the nature of capitalism that big companies become defensive, while newer rivals emerge with better, smarter ideas.
“Oh my god,” read one Twitter message I saw. “Apple maps is the worst ever. It is like using MapQuest on a BlackBerry.”
MapQuest and BlackBerry.
Satimages of my hometown in Southtyrol, Brixen, are at best blurry. If you want to find directions from Brixen to the Airport of Verona you are directed right to the former office of the company running the airport in the center of Verona. Maybe Apple wants planes to land and take off in the Arena of Verona.
Maps is really substandard.
I am devastated with the new maps app. My partner has ios5 on her iPhone 4, I am tempted to give her my iPhone 4S with ios6 to trade in just to get rid of the hateful thing! Google please hurry up with an App!!
I am an all Apple user - MacBook Pro , iPad and iPhone. Maps is very important for me and most people I know and Apple maps does not work at all in Asia- very poor data in it - cant find anything, cant route anything.
It is wasting my time, money and is highly irritating. Whenever I am out and want to use maps,mI am stuck with using Google Maps on Safari.
From being proud of my iPhone, now I am telling all my friends what piece of crap the iPhone is.
I want the google maps application back. I don't want this piece of ****.
I wish I had done my research before upgrading because the loss of a working traffic view letting me know which streets were jammed and which were open really helped me whenever i went anywhere. So many things wrong with this app. I'm very disappointed as this has been my most useful and used app thus far since i bought this iphone 4s in February.This new format Apple calls a map is so crappy I won't even be using it anymore. I'll find something better until Apple gets their **** together and gives us all the much needed feautures we just lost.
Come on Apple... enough is enough. These new maps are completely unusable and it impacts the functionality of the entire phone whenever an app makes use of location services. It's going to take you 5+ years before you're anywhere near close to what Google can offer TODAY and in that time, Google will have moved still further ahead. Give it up! Bite the bullet and licence Google Maps.
I hate everything about Apple Maps; the fuzzy, blurry satellite data, the misplaced roads, the missing details, the 3D rendering is awful (even in places where it actually works as planned), the lack of a street-view. There is literally not a single thing I like about Apple Maps, and a standalone Google Maps is NOT the answer because any app that uses location services is going to use the integrated solution (Apple Maps) instead of the standalone Google application.
This is so bad that my next hardware upgrade may well be a completely different platform, and, trust me, I never thought I'd see myself thinking that before this mess crippled iOS.
It's not that simple; the Apple Maps solution is integrated so that when you search for location in a third-party app, you're still going to be using Apple Maps instead of any installed third-party mapping solution.