• jnffarrell1

    The world is not static and driving inside a sound proofed Lexus is not the same as walking the street with a right sized handheld device. In a couple of years Apple might have a few of its people up to speed (10,000 hours) in field testing and gathering 5 million miles of field data for use in product design and product improvements.

  • http://twitter.com/Greekgeek Greekgeek

    Of course, for everyone with existing ipads and iphones that don’t have Siri, we’re left with an inferior maps app and nothing to fill the gap. Also, I depend upon street view.

    For this reason, I don’t want to upgrade to IOS 6.

  • http://twitter.com/gsterling Greg Sterling

    You can use the web version of Google Maps, especially on the iPad. It will be pretty good. I still believe we’ll see a Google Maps app for iOS. In addition the Google Local app delivers all the data that are available through Google Maps.

  • http://twitter.com/artdriver Oleksi Synelnychenko

    Apple is making their fans really angry with the new maps (including myself)! I am OK with having misspellings for some less known towns/places/restaurants or wrong locations which can be fixed in the upcoming updates; however, they should have at least reviewed the names of the capitals prior to releasing the maps to the public. Ukraine has a population of about 48mil, and, ironically, Apple maps could not even get the Ukraine’s capital right – instead of KYIV or KIEV, they put KYLV (I cannot even pronounce this…..which makes me wonder what genius put that name on the map!) Fix it!

  • http://twitter.com/mblumenthal Mike Blumenthal

    MapQuest has a great turn by turn mapping product as well that works on older iPhones.

  • Chris Travers

    Perhaps there is a West Coast bias with the data! In New York, I see Apple placing the Bell Laboratories Building of little west 12th street in the middle of the WestBeth Arts center on Bank Street, despite having the exact accurate address listed for it. Also, I see no records at all even for locations that are listed on Yelp precisely.
    Did others also see no iPad version available for YouTube. iPhone only?

  • Chris Duffy

    It’s great that the web version is available, but the experience compared to native is appreciably worse, particularly for driving directions. But this is to be expected comparing a web app inside of mobile safari to a native one Apple designed. (It just used Google’s data)

    The Google+ Local app is pretty cool, but when you find what you’re looking for and tap “Directions to here” it takes you out of Google+ local and opens the native iOS Maps app – at least for me in iOS 5.x

    Here’s to hoping for an Apple approved stand alone Google Maps app like we’ve seen with YouTube.

  • airmanchairman

    When it comes to rigorous analysis and review of technologies, bloggers like AnandTech have very few equals, as they really pull out the stops and research their subject, often to boring and complex detail.

    AnandTech lists over 24 different sources whose data is aggregated together into iOS 6 maps, at least in the USA region, by simply looking in the acknowledgements page for the Maps app:

    TomTom, Acxiom, AND, CoreLogic, DigitalGlobe, DMTI, Intermap, Urban Mapping, Waze, Yelp, Flickr, NASA, OpenStreetMap, US Census, US Geological Survey, and the US National Mapping Agency are listed. Apple has also acquired Placebase, Poly9, and C3 Technologies for adding to its own in-house maps team. No wonder few complaints are emanating from that part of the world.

    Just as the ongoing new handset rollout occurs in stages with the latest tranche of 29 countries recently announced, it is to be expected that new software features like Siri, Passbook and Maps will gradually acquire international customisation and commercial partnerships to improve the quality of service iteratively.

    Rome was not built in a day…

  • airmanchairman

    Street Viewer is a surprisingly excellent 3rd party iOS app (free with advertising, 69p/99c without) that has Map, Satellite, Hybrid and Street View (complete with the “JogMan” icon and zooming capability) that I am using quite happily along with iOS6’s spoken turn-by-turn navigation with (Waze-provided) traffic, FlyOver, Yelp etc.

    I am already happily living in Google-free land with my iPhones (4 and 5) and iPad 3. T’was nice knowing you, Cybermen of Mountain view, see ya, won’t wanna be ya!