Thanks for the replies. The dashes are actually very prominent on my phone but they simply did not show up yesterday in the Portland metro area when there was traffic everywhere. They were there this morning. Perhaps it was just a lag from the iOS6 roll-out. I also miss the green-orange-red system. I can say for certain, at least in my area that the traffic readout is much more inaccurate and incomplete than Google's. I'll still wait for a Google app or hope that Apple incorporates more accurate and complete data. It's definitely beneficial to have an intermediate indication versus the all or none.
Im on an iPhone 5 with ATT.
I agree, ios6 maps traffic is non functional
Im having the same lack of traffic display with Navigon version 1.8.2 (I dont want to update to the garmin version of Navigon, if I can avoid it.)
My solution is to use the free Mapquest App. It does show traffic, and it does give spoken turn by turn directions.
Location Services is required for the phone to know where you are. Google maps does not know where you are unless you tell it, and it does not update your current location as you go. Apple maps, Mapquest, and Navigon, all update your actual location as you move, even if you make a wrong turn, it updates the route from your new location.
Yes, I agree the little red dashed traffic lines are useless on Apple maps. We need the green red yellow traffic indicators back.
Like on the Mapquest App, which is what I use instead, to check traffic..
I did update Navigon, and traffic now works.
With Google Maps, I had a choice. If I turned on Location Services in Settings, I could see my current location and it moved with me. If I turned it off, I still had maps that would show traffic - perfect for my daily commute.
Apple Maps require Location Services to be on just to have the map show traffic. To me, that's another example of over-collecting information.
Before demoting the icon to a back page, I took another look at the new maps this morning, just to make sure I had given them a fair chance. I found that the streets I need to see, the small suburban streets that are handy work-arounds during high-traffic times, have very low contrast with the map background. They're hard to see.
In the end, the new maps are not as good as what they replaced, regardless of who makes them.
Thank you for the info. I had not tried Beat the Traffic.
Beat the Traffic shows all kinds of yellow lines, where Google maps, and Mapquest do not. Also Beat the Traffic keeps recentering the map on my location, forceing me to zoom out over and over again. I will NOT be using Beat the Traffic, because it auto zooms, and because of the ADVERTISEMENTS.
Apple maps displays ZERO of the traffic that shows on the other apps. Apple maps is totally useless for traffic.. even when it does display some, the little red dashes are impossible to see. I dont use Apple Maps.
I do use Mapquest to preview traffic, and I like the Mapquest traffic display better than Google Maps.
I also have WAZE. I do not use it. It is cluttered with useless info, the traffic display is not as good as Mapquest. The one thing WAZE has that is slightly interesting, is the ability to send someone a link to watch your route. But the link dies, if you dont keep Waze in the foreground, which I do not.
So my rating from best to worst, for traffic info is
I rely, heavily, on Navigon. What Navigon does, that none of the other apps do, is display the speed limit. Navigon also displays your current speed, which I find very useful as my cars have different sized tires than stock, so their speedos are innacurate. Navigon will also avoid traffic automatically.
If I pick only my 2 most used, they are Navigon first, Mapquest second.