If people want Google maps running full screen, with the original Google maps icon, have a look at this site:
A minor improvement, but still not the answer.
Google just added Street View to their mobile apps page, and Google is advertising that functionality on the web page is the same as it was in the app. Traffic works better than it did before in the new page and they added a terrain feature. If you try it I think this whole maps issue will be irrelevant. I added the link to my home screen and it works great. I still like Apple Maps better though and will continue to use that, but now everyone has the choice. I would not be surprised if Google Maps went up on the app store for download in the near future. Google Maps is also improving since Apple Maps was released with the addition of construction and accident information like Apple has. Competition is good. They will continue to copy each other as each realeases new features, so I would not worry too much about it. You now have both.
Doesn't seem to work for me on UK locations. ;-(
I agree with posters in the iPad forum that we should collectively mail
Cook and express our disgust at not being able to downgrade to iOS 5
while Apple sort out this ridiculous example of their own incompetence.
(iPhone 4S - Republic of Ireland)
The point is, 1) the maps still aren't good. With no walking directions or transit directions, to me they are completely useless 50% of the time. I was totally dependent on my google maps app in Venice last week; since there are no cars in that city, only walking streets and boat transit lines, driving directions wouldn't have helped me much. Thank God I didn't upgrade until this week.
2) Apple betrayed my trust by deleting apps off my phone without notifying me or asking my permission first. I can reinstall YouTube, but for maps I have to use a bandwidth burning Safari workaround until a company I trust develops a maps app with transit info for iOS6. If Apple had let me know what I would be losing with this upgrade, I could have made an informed decision to wait until I was more comfortable with the changes before doing it. They didn't. If Apple wants to get into a p***ing contest with Google, good for them, but leave my phone out of it. Don't punish your loyal customers when you have a contract dispute. It's no different than when your cable providers cuts off a channel you like during the new Breaking Bad season. Apple should not be taking their customer service cues from Time Warner. I will probably not ever use Apple maps, simply because they acted so arrogantly and with so little regard for their customers by pushing this half-baked mess on us with no notification and no way to undo the mistake.
3) the google safari-based workaround seems to work pretty well for now. It was also gratifying to make a genius spend ten minutes showing the the new features Google added that day.
4) I'm leaving iOS5.1 on the other two iPhones in my house for now. And I won't ever again accept a software update from Apple without calling customer support first and asking them what all the unintended side effects are.
" . . . And I won't ever again accept a software update from Apple without calling customer support first and asking them what all the unintended side effects are . . ."
I don't seriously believe that you would be given any kind of honest
This problem is twofold:
• With the Maps app, Apple are enforcing a new user experience
on their customers. This has interesting parallels with the
Microsoft/Internet Explorer anti-trust verdict of a few years ago.
• In adopting their entrenched position on not permitting even a
temporary time window for users to downgrade back to 5.1.1, Apple
are likely to send users over to Android in their droves.
Already, at the close of Friday's markets, Apple shares have
lost 6% while Google shares have advanced by slightly more than
this. Not only Apple customers, but Apple investors, are viewing
this fiasco as possibly the most serious hiccup in customer
relations since the Newton hit the toilet.
Tim Cook will not retract from his arrogant "wait-and-see" position,
no matter how many emails he gets from disgruntled users. This is
not the "Apple Way". At the heart of the matter is the Apple-Google
feud, with its internecine viciousness increasing by the day.
Cook has less marketing savvy than God gave an ant, and he
seems unwilling/unable to recognise that a simple act of re-signing
the old OS would restore Apple's credibility overnight, and prevent
the haemorrhage of previously loyal Apple users to other platforms.
(iPhone 4S - Republic of Ireland)
A google web app link is an improvement so minor, it would be like cutting off a guys arm and replacing it with a broomstick: the guy could probably still scratch his crotch when its itchy, but the loss of use of opposible thumbs is really the pressing issue.
Apple maps is useless. No improvement here in Australia and is now rendered bottom of the heap. If it was possible to delete it off the phone, it would be deleted by now.
So many people have read your link that the site has collapsed!
"Our servers are over capacity and certain pages may be temporarily unavailable. We're working quickly to resolve the issue."
Thanks for trying to help.
I bought all the previous phones from iPhone 3 upwards. I now have the iPhone 5 on order, but if this is the way Apple will treat its customers in future, it may well be my last.
Steve Jobs is probably spinning in his grave right now. Clearly the soul of Apple died with him.
Yes, I agree. It is the WAY it is being done I have an issue with and the fact that Maps is an inferior product right now that never have been unleashed on the public in this state of unreadiness. I would like to think that he would have understood that quality comes first - if Maps was at least as good or better, this discussion thread wouldn't be here at all.
The fact is, Maps is poor. Apple need to be told this loudly and in as many forums as possible, regardless of how irritating you or others may find it. If I'm paying £599 for a phone, all it's functions need to work well (or I should at least have the option to use the functions I had before).
As Apple don't read these forums (except the forum hosts whose job it is to keep the forums running) you are wasting your time posting about Maps here. Use the Feedback pages Apple provides specifically for getting your comments to the correct department:
However, Apple are quite clearly aware that the new Maps is no good, as they have admitted such in the apology given last week.