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  • Apple Maps No Longer "the most beautiful, powerful, mapping service ever"



    Tim Cook did the unexpected and apologized for Apple’s Maps debacle, and Apple changed the Maps product description accordingly.

    Previously Apple’s Maps description included the verbage “the most beautiful, powerful, mapping service ever.” This claim, based in a bizarro reality, is false. Not true. A lie. Apple has changed the description now that people know Apple’s mapping solution, while beautiful, is not nearly as functional and accurate as that previous claim insinuates. “Al in a beautiful vector-based interface that scales and zooms with ease” now takes the previous claims place.

    Apple’s new product description better represents the actually accuracy and functionality of the new mapping application. Until public transportation information, and landmark information becomes more accurate and abundant Google Maps will be the reigning king of native mapping applications.

    Still, kudos to Apple for manning up and admitting their mistakes and not stopping at a simple press release. Apple is actively attempting to help their customers by providing them with recommended mapping solutions outside of their own.

    However, it seems the best move would have been to keep Google Maps for another year, and roll out a more complete and battle tested mapping application after a public beta perhaps.

    Source: 9to5Mac
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Maps No Longer "the most beautiful, powerful, mapping service ever" started by Phillip Swanson View original post
    Comments 33 Comments
    1. Operator20's Avatar
      Operator20 -
      I still have faith that Apple will come through with a successful mapping application. Now that they are being trashed for their app, it should make them strive to make it even better than they had originally planned for and put extra effort into making it phenomenal.
    1. kyphur's Avatar
      kyphur -
      Because a company shouldn't have to actually deliver a good product unless their customers get angry and complain about the quality?
    1. thatboy12345's Avatar
      thatboy12345 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Operator20 View Post
      I still have faith that Apple will come through with a successful mapping application. Now that they are being trashed for their app, it should make them strive to make it even better than they had originally planned for and put extra effort into making it phenomenal.
      I agree
    1. Darkflame's Avatar
      Darkflame -
      Quote Originally Posted by Operator20 View Post
      I still have faith that Apple will come through with a successful mapping application. Now that they are being trashed for their app, it should make them strive to make it even better than they had originally planned for and put extra effort into making it phenomenal.
      I think this reality check is what apple needs to stop litigating and start innovating again.

      Apple is really between a rock and a hard place. You can't spoil your user base just once to gain the upper hand and expect to keep it with mediocre updates.

      Apple was doing a find and dandy job handing out breadcrumbs but their users taste buds are getting too accustomed to it and now it's losing it's flavor.
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      Hahaha
    1. thetoothfairy's Avatar
      thetoothfairy -
      I haven't upgraded none of my iDevices because of the map app. Wish Apple would hurry up!
    1. rockyseay's Avatar
      rockyseay -
      Just get GPS Drive. It's the best map app
    1. carlbgc's Avatar
      carlbgc -
      Quote Originally Posted by Darkflame View Post
      I think this reality check is what apple needs to stop litigating and start innovating again.

      Apple is really between a rock and a hard place. You can't spoil your user base just once to gain the upper hand and expect to keep it with mediocre updates.

      Apple was doing a find and dandy job handing out breadcrumbs but their users taste buds are getting too accustomed to it and now it's losing it's flavor.
      Uhh...iPhone 5 sales are smashing all records.
    1. Awdad724's Avatar
      Awdad724 -
      Blah blah blah. Maps this, maps that.! Since when was maps all that anyone cared about on an I device.?they are not even that bad. Personally I do not buy an iPhone because of its amazing features. I buy it because it well built and has integration with just about everything these days.
    1. RICO_'s Avatar
      RICO_ -
      Quote Originally Posted by Awdad724 View Post
      Blah blah blah. Maps this, maps that.! Since when was maps all that anyone cared about on an I device.?they are not even that bad. Personally I do not buy an iPhone because of its amazing features. I buy it because it well built and has integration with just about everything these days.
      Well what you buy an iPhone for may differ greatly from what others buy it for. Alot of people actually do use the mapping service for numerous reasons and quite frequently....so I would say it IS an important part of any mobile device. Apple screwed up and boasted this Maps app and it turned out to be a joke. Now people are refusing to update their devices SOLELY because of the new Maps app.
    1. Dongiuj's Avatar
      Dongiuj -
      "No longer"?
      It never was.
    1. MgNate's Avatar
      MgNate -
      I use the map app pretty frequently and i have yet to run into any problem. I've used it about 15 times since I've had the phone. Its all about where your at. I love the new map app. Googles maps didn't cover the whole world when it was launched back in 05'. Apple is taking on a huge undertaking, way more than google did when they launched.
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      Quote Originally Posted by MgNate View Post
      I use the map app pretty frequently and i have yet to run into any problem. I've used it about 15 times since I've had the phone. Its all about where your at. I love the new map app. Googles maps didn't cover the whole world when it was launched back in 05'. Apple is taking on a huge undertaking, way more than google did when they launched.
      Um the google maps has been significantly updated since its launch. It's not the same app as it was in '05.
      Apple haven't done a huge undertaking. They took TomToms maps and fu*ked them up. TomTom did all the work but Apple couldn't even implement it correctly
    1. Tperry's Avatar
      Tperry -
      Quote Originally Posted by MgNate View Post
      I use the map app pretty frequently and i have yet to run into any problem. I've used it about 15 times since I've had the phone. Its all about where your at. I love the new map app. Googles maps didn't cover the whole world when it was launched back in 05'. Apple is taking on a huge undertaking, way more than google did when they launched.
      Did the world (Earth) get bigger?
    1. Slimz's Avatar
      Slimz -
      Quote Originally Posted by Darkflame View Post
      I think this reality check is what apple needs to stop litigating and start innovating again.

      Apple is really between a rock and a hard place. You can't spoil your user base just once to gain the upper hand and expect to keep it with mediocre updates.

      Apple was doing a find and dandy job handing out breadcrumbs but their users taste buds are getting too accustomed to it and now it's losing it's flavor.
      Whaddya mean? The iPhone 5 is smashing sales records. Come on, Apple says it's "revolutionary" and "innovative", remember? I really believe thats some sick way of twisting the reality of what it really was - nothing.

      I bought into the hype, I bought a 5, and it's mind boggling to me. Update to iOS 6 on your 4S, and you essentially have the exact same device. Listen, I like the 5. I liked the 4s. I liked the 4, and the 3G and the 3gs and the original. I had them all, but I 100% agree with you.
    1. Glocknine's Avatar
      Glocknine -
      Quote Originally Posted by Operator20 View Post
      I still have faith that Apple will come through with a successful mapping application. Now that they are being trashed for their app, it should make them strive to make it even better than they had originally planned for and put extra effort into making it phenomenal.
      I doubt that would happen, look how they got trashed by galaxy unit and yet they didnt bother to make something that can outshine galaxy s3.
      Current apple management are just good on propaganda to make their rivals bad, if Steve Jobs is still here prolly we could have better iphone than the iphone5 right now
    1. Nickaroni22's Avatar
      Nickaroni22 -
      Apple will get the map app straightened out in do time. Tim Cook admitted it has issues, now Apple will correct them. They have a huge up hill battle to go up against google maps. Google maps is the crown jewel of map apps, so getting close to that point is gonna take time and some failures.
    1. Awdad724's Avatar
      Awdad724 -
      Quote Originally Posted by RICO_ View Post
      Well what you buy an iPhone for may differ greatly from what others buy it for. Alot of people actually do use the mapping service for numerous reasons and quite frequently....so I would say it IS an important part of any mobile device. Apple screwed up and boasted this Maps app and it turned out to be a joke. Now people are refusing to update their devices SOLELY because of the new Maps app.

      Just like apple has advertised if your not happy with the new maps "don't use them" there are plenty of other map apps out there to replace it while they update. People will complain about anything they can find to complain about every year it's something, all I've gotta say is every year there is complaining yet every time apple sells more and more devices. Seems to me that the complainers out there still come back so obviously apples mistakes are not as big as they put them out to be.
    1. rocketApe's Avatar
      rocketApe -
      That's funny stuff, man.
    1. SAND33P's Avatar
      SAND33P -
      Quote Originally Posted by rocketApe View Post
      That's funny stuff, man.
      Thats how i feel about every comment on MMI, i love being a teenager and understanding the posts better than most of these buffoons

      Probably a weird thing but i really like the new map icon, want it as a winterboard theme for ios5 maps!