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"iOS Maps, you're fired!"

To say that Apple Maps for iOS 6 has been a blunder is quite the understatement. Ever since iOS 6 was released to the public a few months ago, complaints began rolling out about the mapping services. Everything from misplaced roads, to wonky directions, to horrible rendering of terrain became fodder for the online media and even mainstream media -- not to mention Apple's customers and Apple's competitors.
 
Things got so bad that Apple CEO Tim Cook even apologized to Apple customers
 
However, even as Apple is looking to improve its native Maps application on a continuing basis, Google is looking to offers users a seasoned alternative -- Google Maps. The refreshed Google Maps app for iOS has all the goodies (and more) that users loved before Apple decided to give the application the boot for its own homegrown solution.
 
Street View, transit directions, walking directions, traffic data, and restaurant reviews (provided by Zagat) are all included. And in case you were wondering, yes, turn-by-turn navigation is front in center in the new Google Maps iOS app.
 
For users of Android smartphones, none of this stuff is really news to you -- you've been enjoying such functionality for years. However, for Apple customers that have complained about Apple's native Maps app, you now can install an alternative that appears to be better in nearly every way.

 

Sources: Google, iTunes



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RE: Interface is pretty slow
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 12/13/2012 2:59:35 AM , Rating: 3
Slow? You're using a 3.5-year old smartphone.


RE: Interface is pretty slow
By othercents on 12/13/12, Rating: 0
RE: Interface is pretty slow
By xti on 12/13/2012 9:49:34 AM , Rating: 2
now when you ask them questions, they will pull out THEIR phone and show you, and it will be 99.9% accurate every time.

and they will look at you funny and offer you beads and a donkey in exchange for your relic phone.


RE: Interface is pretty slow
By RufusM on 12/13/2012 1:45:55 PM , Rating: 1
I agree. My Packard Bell 386SX won't run Windows 8? What a scam.


RE: Interface is pretty slow
By TakinYourPoints on 12/13/2012 3:29:49 PM , Rating: 2
My Commodore 64 won't play Crysis, dammit all to hell


RE: Interface is pretty slow
By inighthawki on 12/13/2012 3:55:23 PM , Rating: 2
If youwant nice new software, you need nice new hardware that can keep up. T software industry isn't going to hold back the potential of their apps to cater to those who still have 20 year old technology.


RE: Interface is pretty slow
By 91TTZ on 12/13/2012 5:21:42 PM , Rating: 2
He's right. The motion when you move the map around isn't as fluid as it was in the native Google Maps app that came with the phone. It does not render as fast. I have a 4S and it's the same way.

I know that some people can't see it though. I used to always have people who said that they couldn't see the 60 hz refresh on a monitor, either. Not everyone's eyes/brain is equally as sensitive.


RE: Interface is pretty slow
By TakinYourPoints on 12/13/2012 5:32:05 PM , Rating: 2
Google's map app animation is slightly choppier than Apple's on the iPhone 5, but we're talking a very subtle difference here. Perhaps the difference in performance seems much greater on older hardware. It also seems like something that can be addressed in future patches.


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