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  • Wozniak Admits Disappointment with Apple Maps


    It certainly isn't the shining star of iOS 6, but Apple Maps isn't that bad. At least that's according to Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, who is opening up about the platform Apple used to replace Google Maps in its most recent mobile operating system refresh.

    While addressing a conference in Sydney, Australia this week, Wozniak candidly admitted that he didn't immediately fall in love with Apple's revamped mapping service.

    "I tried to navigate somewhere, and I couldn't get to where I wanted to by voice," Wozniak said, according to ZDNET. "So, I was a little disappointed, because I love navigation by voice with my Google [Android] phones, actually, since they always get it and are based on a better database."

    All told, Wozniak is just the latest high-profile industry veteran to express some degree of disappointment with Apple Maps. But the Apple co-founder is also quick to point out that Apple didn't botch anything too badly. "I have been reading about the problems, and I don't know if they are that severe," Wozniak added.

    "Sometimes, there are a lot of complaints about one little thing people spot, but it's not that hard to deal with in life," Wozniak concluded. "I don't know yet about Maps I'm a little worried about the navigation, but I've still got it covered with a bunch of other navigation apps."

    Source: ZDNET
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Wozniak Admits Disappointment with Apple Maps started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 29 Comments
    1. TechnoUniversity's Avatar
      TechnoUniversity -
      Quote Originally Posted by NakedFaerie View Post
      Why isn't he in charge of Apple? He sounds like a smart man.
      I've seen a few things he's said and he's down to earth and its not all in his head like jobs was.
      If he was in charge we would all have an awesome iPhone instead of the piece of crap you got now.
      He turned Apple down.
    1. jwil736's Avatar
      jwil736 -
      Quote Originally Posted by LUFT5_THOR View Post
      It should have never been released in its current form is the point. I'm all for apple releasing their own in house products if they measure up, but this was a huge mistake on their part.
      What Apple should have done is release the maps app as beta just like Siri and admit there is still a lot of work to be done. Instead, they acted like it was the best thing since sliced bread in the unveiling. They would not be going through criticism like this if they put out as beta...
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by metaserph View Post
      Woz is an engineer, not a marketing guy. He doesn't care about the propaganda politics and he plays with any geek toy available. But don't be fooled. He's worth almost a billion because of Apple, he ain't no fool.
      Exactly and seems from all the stuff he has always been that way. He wanted to give away the design of the first boards him and Steve made because he wanted to share the work they had done. He is an engineer at heart and wants to check things out himself and he likes people. Ever see the stories of him at the Apple store for launches of big products. He seems to just go to see how people are and talk with people.
    1. thevmax's Avatar
      thevmax -
      Quote Originally Posted by NakedFaerie View Post
      Why isn't he in charge of Apple? He sounds like a smart man.
      I've seen a few things he's said and he's down to earth and its not all in his head like jobs was.
      If he was in charge we would all have an awesome iPhone instead of the piece of crap you got now.
      Do you even own an Iphone 5, or have you used one?
      I do and I have.
      Every year it's the same pundits whining and crying in their beer because Apple didn't do this or didn't include that!
      Since activating it, I have used it for maps, billing programming, music, podcasts, videos, etc. It has not disappointed me.

      The iphone 5 is 3 times the machine that my iphone 4 is! And it isn't even jailbroken yet.
      I will admit that I prefer Google Maps to Apple Maps, but Apple does have turn by turn and you can choose to use
      Siri with maps if you want to. Look at the following 2 tests regarding the Iphone 5 and think again.

      THE DREADED DROP TEST...IPHONE 5 VS SAMSUNG GALAXY S3
      iPhone 5, Galaxy S III In Water Resistance And Other Tests [VIDEO] | Redmond Pie

      APPLE IPHONE 5 DEEMED THE FASTEST SMARTPHONE IN THE LAND:
      http://modmyi.com/content/8854-apple-s-iphone-5-deemed-fastest-smartphone-land.html
    1. TechnoUniversity's Avatar
      TechnoUniversity -
      Quote Originally Posted by thevmax View Post
      Do you even own an Iphone 5, or have you used one?
      I do and I have.
      Every year it's the same pundits whining and crying in their beer because Apple didn't do this or didn't include that!
      Since activating it, I have used it for maps, billing programming, music, podcasts, videos, etc. It has not disappointed me.

      The iphone 5 is 3 times the machine that my iphone 4 is! And it isn't even jailbroken yet.
      I will admit that I prefer Google Maps to Apple Maps, but Apple does have turn by turn and you can choose to use
      Siri with maps if you want to. Look at the following 2 tests regarding the Iphone 5 and think again.

      THE DREADED DROP TEST...IPHONE 5 VS SAMSUNG GALAXY S3
      iPhone 5, Galaxy S III In Water Resistance And Other Tests [VIDEO] | Redmond Pie

      APPLE IPHONE 5 DEEMED THE FASTEST SMARTPHONE IN THE LAND:
      http://modmyi.com/content/8854-apple-s-iphone-5-deemed-fastest-smartphone-land.html
      2 pointless test. You can't even use that power of the iPhone with its limits. And who the heck drops their phones on purpose?
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      For all of you that live in the USA and have no problem with Apple Maps, I am very pleased for you.

      As for everyone else, I believe Apple Maps will be a deciding factor in lots of people choosing an alternate OS on their next phone.

      I'm sure iPhones will still sell well, but the farce that is Apple Maps will be the deciding factor for a lot of undecided people.
    1. jwil736's Avatar
      jwil736 -
      Quote Originally Posted by confucious View Post
      For all of you that live in the USA and have no problem with Apple Maps, I am very pleased for you.

      As for everyone else, I believe Apple Maps will be a deciding factor in lots of people choosing an alternate OS on their next phone.

      I'm sure iPhones will still sell well, but the farce that is Apple Maps will be the deciding factor for a lot of undecided people.
      Do you not realize how quickly this maps app was thrown together? It was a last option for apple and unfortunately they had to do it. If half the people complaining about it each reported 1 issue, it would be the best maps app out there :P mark my words, Apple will not let this be another MobileMe and will be on top of it like a dog on a bone.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Quote Originally Posted by jwil736 View Post
      Do you not realize how quickly this maps app was thrown together? It was a last option for apple and unfortunately they had to do it. If half the people complaining about it each reported 1 issue, it would be the best maps app out there :P mark my words, Apple will not let this be another MobileMe and will be on top of it like a dog on a bone.
      Exactly why it makes the whole Apple Hardware and Software working together in harmony fall to pieces.
      It is not even beta, to call it alpha would be stretching it.

      People do not want to pay a premium to have shoddy software.
    1. domenicp's Avatar
      domenicp -
      This was a bad call on Apple's part.... Too early to release for prime time... If this happened under Jobs' watch, heads would have already rolled.