Google Maps building data on the left compared to Apple's Maps app building data on the right

Apple’s new Maps app introduced with iOS 6 is a hot topic that many people are complaining about. The Cupertino California company issued a statement after numerous complaints stating that its service is a work in progress and that it will get better with time. Apple spokesperson Trudy Miller recently said the following to All Things D:

Customers around the world are upgrading to iOS 6 with over 200 new features including Apple Maps, our first map service ... We are excited to offer this service with innovative new features like Flyover, turn by turn navigation, and Siri integration. We launched this new map service knowing it is a major initiative and that we are just getting started with it. Maps is a cloud-based solution and the more people use it, the better it will get. We appreciate all of the customer feedback and are working hard to make the customer experience even better.
The new Maps app found in iOS 6 replaced Google Maps, the service Apple has been using since the first iPhone’s launch in 2007. Although many review found Apple’s attempt of the mapping service to commendable, it was pointed out that it is not as nearly as functional as the more honed service that Google provides. Examples of issues with the new Maps app include the fact that it doesn’t support transit routes out of the box and the flyover feature, while impressive, is limited.

Many iOS 6 users have been continually reporting inaccuracies with the new service, including misrepresented locations, place names and incorrect business listings. There have been reports of incomplete mapping data, bugs in Flyover rendering and a gross lack of specific building data that iOS users have come to expect from the Google Maps app. These shortfalls are a bit expected from a new product, especially when everyone is comparing it to a well-established service such as Google Maps, which has seen constant upgrades and tweaks for almost a decade at this point.

According to the folks over at All Things D, Apple is keeping the team that works on the Maps app “under lockdown” to fix some of the larger errors that are apparent in the new app. It’s still unlikely that any significant changes will be made in the near future though. We’ll have to see what is fixed and how long it takes by being patient.

Source: All Things D