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.