iOS 6′s Map App Sucks

The general consensus for Apple’s map application that replaces Google Maps from iDevices is that it sucks.

Inaccuracies such as misplaced towns and cities in Apple’s new map software has seen backlash from users. BBC reports:

TomTom said it provided only data and was not responsible for how it worked.

The software is packaged with iOS6, the latest version of Apple’s operating system, which runs on the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

Previously, the system had an app running mapping software from Google.

But users are now forced to use Apple’s new maps once they upgrade or buy the latest iPhone – which goes on sale on Friday.

TomTom, who stressed that its maps provided just a foundation to the new app, said:

The user experience is determined by adding additional features to the map application such as visual imagery,” a spokesman said.

User experience fully depends on the choices these manufacturers make. We are confident about our map quality, as selling 65 million portable navigation devices across the world and more than 1.4m TomTom apps for iPhone in the past two years reaffirms this quality.

Complaints from users includes:

  • Some towns appear to be missing, such as Stratford-upon-Avon and Solihull.
  • Others, like Uckfield in East Sussex, are in the wrong location.
  • Satellite images of various locations, particularly in Scotland, are obscured by cloud.
  • A search for Manchester United Football Club directs users to Sale United Football Club, a community team for ages five and above.
  • Users also reported missing local places, such as schools, or strange locations. Another screenshot showed a furniture museum that was apparently located in a river.

A Denver-based blogger expressed his concern with the app:

This is incredibly different from using Google Maps. It’s a tremendous step backwards and something that cripples iOS for Apple’s customers.

I [searched] ‘iPhone Repair’ and ‘iPad Repair’ since that’s relevant to our business. The results broke my heart.

All of the work I’ve put into our local recognition is completely gone.


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  • Robert

    I agree the new map sucks, I want to go back to the old map program, I loved how it showed live traffic with the green, yellow, red and black lines. Can’t wait for google to come out with their app!

    • http://twitter.com/JMOBILEHITE352 JAN J*MOBILE E. HITE

      Me neither! I don’t HAVE these WOES as iPHONE_5 & iOS_6 HAS, I am @The_androidfanboys_htc_motorola_samsung_@tmosensation PERSON, Myself, I just FOLLOW APPLE.

  • Joncreid

    Keep in mind this is day 2 of iOS maps. Google have been improving their maps for 10 years.
    You say the consensus is iOS maps suck,
    Who would be dumb enough to bet googles will stay better

    • Serg

      I understand your argument, but what makes you think google is going to slow down and wait for apple maps to reach its innovative level?.. By then who knows how much google maps will be. Just saying…

  • Cablejcm

    Don’t make excuses for Apple, they are the big boys in town and it was the dumbest thing to do when they dropped google maps.

    • http://twitter.com/JMOBILEHITE352 JAN J*MOBILE E. HITE

      AGREE-100% @THE_ANDROIDFANBOYS_HTC_MOTOROLA_SAMSUNG_@TMOSENSATION

  • Cablejcm

    Keep in mind that this is coming from a person who has several apple products.

    So, I have to wait 10 years before my apple maps is useful?

    Time for an Android!

    • http://twitter.com/JMOBILEHITE352 JAN J*MOBILE E. HITE

      AMEEN! @The_androidfanboys_htc_motorola_samsung_@tmosensation

  • Christos

    Yes, iOS Maps sucks…..now. As you said, Google have been updating their Maps for 10 years. Apple has been working on this project for less than 2 years and to that matter, I think they have made much more progress than what Google did in their first couple of years. I do give some time credit to fix the maps up. Keep in mind that this is whole world we are talking about.

    I live in a little country called Cyprus where even Google has posted maps with cloud cover in a country with 200+ days of sunshine! Even more Google has only posted good quality satellite images and road maps (some) in the past 3 years. Apple has got it covered to a very good degree….already.
    Also I didn’t like that they “broke up” with Google especially on Maps! I don’t think Apple would add that much value compared to Google for a Maps app but you never know. For their initial progress I guess I am happy but I certainly expect more and soon.

  • Fritzbrilly

    No turn by turn navigation on iPhone 4 what the f**k, maps is a disaster!

  • Apple Forever (NOT)

    I dont want three optional routes, … I wnt one that works and adjusts when I change roads … Thank the world for “WAZE” – my iPhone app doesnt talk and give turn by turn directions or “anything useful”. I tried it going home today and it told me to turn around on a highway and tak a left at a road that doesnt exist … and has no humanly understandable way to tell it “my current location is not my home location or my last destination or my last 5 current locations” I THINK IT IS LOST …..

    Apple, this is your “mia Copa” after Mountain Lion was your “Vista”…

  • JailbreakisMyCrack

    How about the fact that Maps is a cloud based app. It learns, thats why they made it that way. It will develop to become intuitive. Hit up Android if you’d like, but I assure you, it will get better. It’s always the pioneer that goes against the established that sweeps people off their feet. ;)

  • J.

    Love Apple. Getting the “5″ was a no-brianer until this! I used the map app (google) constantly. Wish I’d known not to update to ios6. I’d give anything to downgrade. I have had every version of iPhone, iPad and just bought my first mac. Google maps was the most used and most useful app on my phone…..No “5″ for me. Android, show me what you got!

    • http://twitter.com/JMOBILEHITE352 JAN J*MOBILE E. HITE

      HOORAY! @J.: @The_ANDROIDFANBOYS_HTC_MOTOROLA_SAMSUNG_@TMOSENSATION Appreciates READING this

  • http://twitter.com/boonkchua Boon Chua

    Lots of cloud over my region on the satellite map. It’s like going backwards with this new map app. Google map was much better.

  • Jon

    I feel like I have bricked my ipad. Between maps that look like shit, and no ipad, I now have a $1000 boat anchor. Thanks Apple!

    • Charlie

      I really regret upgrading to ios6

  • keys

    I agree ! The new map sucks ! I wish I never upgraded!

  • Vasco

    Agree completely. Apple’s obsession with controlling the entire user experience has seriously let us down in the case of the new map app. Sucks big time.

  • Fast Walk to Fresno

    Hmmmm… I guess I’m one of the only ones. I haven’t had a chance to explore Apple Maps in the great wide world yet, but Google’s maps let me down many times. In my limited experience so far, Apple’s have been a tremendous upgrade in my area. I have found no inaccuracies yet, the GPS is much more precise, and I LOOOOOVE how you can turn the map around to different angles.

  • http://twitter.com/JMOBILEHITE352 JAN J*MOBILE E. HITE

    GO! GOOGLE! GO! How about BING or YAHOO! ?!

  • Dave

    This new map plainly sucks . Period. Some locations can’t be found but found on Google Map. I use the map everyday and the previous map was perfect . This really sucks. Should have kept the OS5!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/jpaterson Jim Paterson

    Apple has always introduced THEIR versions of hardware and software to the public only after complete and thorough testing to ensure that its better than what’s already available (or at least more user friendly). They have completely missed the boat on the new ios6 map app. Its worse and less user friendly. I hope this isn’t indicative of Apple without S.Jobs. hard not to think that’s the case.

    Please give me the option to reinstall the Google provided map app!!!!?!?!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/ricardo.ramirez.90857 Ricardo Ramirez

    in mexico the map just doesent work at all doesnt recognize any adress it used to work what happened
    who had the brilliant idea to make it worest

  • Samann594

    Apple maps sucks!!!!!!!!!!! I really miss the old app before the upgrade. Even if I couldn’t remember how to spell the road name or block, it’d find it! But not on apple maps..can’t find didly squat!!:/ so frustrating!!!!