Apple is upgrading the majority of their ecosystem to iOS 6 today, and while usually this level of support is a good thing, it seems most iPhone and iPad users are set to have a net loss when Google Maps disappear from their system and replaced by Apple’s own Maps solution.
Outside of the US there is a rising tide of disappointment related to the software.
The BBC recounts a list of issues with the maps in UK, saying:
- 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. AnotherÂ screenshot showed a furniture museumÂ that was apparently located in a river.
OneÂ Denver-based bloggerÂ wrote on 13 SeptemberÂ wrote:
“This is incredibly different from using Google Maps.Â It’s a tremendous step backwards and something that cripples iOS for Apple’s customers.”
While Apple has been hard at work reducing the quality of Maps on their platform, Microsoft has been extending Nokia’s excellent mapping data to all Windows phone users, which should provide a certain advantage were to look for that really obscure place called Stratford-on-Avon.
Thanks OneWordTF for the tip.