The Ugly Side Of Apple’s iOS 6 Maps App Fully Exposed [Gallery]

The Ugly Side Of Apple’s iOS 6 Maps App Fully Exposed [Gallery]

It’s no secret that Apple’s new iOS Maps app has been a pretty big letdown so far. Surely Apple is working on perfecting the app and correcting a lot of erroneous data, but if you’ve already updated to iOS 6 you’re stuck with maps that have a tendency to glitch out on you, especially if you live outside the U.S.

The Amazing iOs 6 Maps is a new Tumblr account dedicated to the uglier side of Apple’s new maps app. They’ve compiled a ton of screenshots of iOS 6 Maps doing terrible things. Here’s some of the best/worst ones so far:

The Ugly Side Of Apple’s iOS 6 Maps App Fully Exposed [Gallery]

The Ugly Side Of Apple’s iOS 6 Maps App Fully Exposed [Gallery]The Ugly Side Of Apple’s iOS 6 Maps App Fully Exposed [Gallery]

The Ugly Side Of Apple’s iOS 6 Maps App Fully Exposed [Gallery]

The Ugly Side Of Apple’s iOS 6 Maps App Fully Exposed [Gallery]

The Ugly Side Of Apple’s iOS 6 Maps App Fully Exposed [Gallery]

The Ugly Side Of Apple’s iOS 6 Maps App Fully Exposed [Gallery]

The Ugly Side Of Apple’s iOS 6 Maps App Fully Exposed [Gallery]

The Ugly Side Of Apple’s iOS 6 Maps App Fully Exposed [Gallery]

The Ugly Side Of Apple’s iOS 6 Maps App Fully Exposed [Gallery]

The Ugly Side Of Apple’s iOS 6 Maps App Fully Exposed [Gallery]

The Ugly Side Of Apple’s iOS 6 Maps App Fully Exposed [Gallery]

The Ugly Side Of Apple’s iOS 6 Maps App Fully Exposed [Gallery]

The Ugly Side Of Apple’s iOS 6 Maps App Fully Exposed [Gallery]

The Ugly Side Of Apple’s iOS 6 Maps App Fully Exposed [Gallery]

The Ugly Side Of Apple’s iOS 6 Maps App Fully Exposed [Gallery]

The Ugly Side Of Apple’s iOS 6 Maps App Fully Exposed [Gallery]

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  • Fiercehairdo

    What an absolute shambles! Embarrassing. It was always obvious this was going to be a step backwards, and so it has proven. Bad enough that there is now no street view, but the maps not even being accurate?? Absolute fail.

  • Fiercehairdo

    If Google release a proper map app for iOS then Apple’s version will end up going the way of Ping…

  • Travis Len Wallace

    They’ll get better. We have mapping alternatives.

  • ddevito

    What a pity

  • ddevito

    “It’s all about the entire user experience”

    I can’t stop laughing

  • ddevito

    http://theamazingios6maps.tumblr.com/

    I like the hoover dam the most

  • Fiercehairdo

    They’ll get better. We have mapping alternatives.

    They’re not some little start up company that we should cut some slack. This is a serious step backwards in functionality – the cardinal sin for an Apple product. It was a very useful and functional tool before, now its an inaccurate, unreliable, less functional tool. Apple should sort their issues out with Google for the benefit of its users who pay premium prices for their products. Clearly the Map app was not ready for launch and we are all being used as guinea pig test beta users while they sort it out. It really isn’t acceptable. I just remember how impressive it was when Steve Jobs demonstrated the Maps app on the first iPhone, locating Sushi and the like with ease. That was years ago. Suddenly we have pointless 3D wonky city views (that are of no practical use) and no street view (that had infinite practical uses) and the whole app seems much less impressive. I’m an Apple fan, believe me. But it surprises me how many Apple fans refuse to see the problem here with comments like “I never use maps anyway” etc. Many of us DO use maps. Many of us will be forced to look elsewhere now (which is inconvenient anyway especially since we will be dumped into the Apple Maps app from links etc). Pointless downgrade.

  • Robert X

    Apple is not immune to the one-dot-oh release. They *had* to abandon Google maps and totally replace it. That isn’t an easy feat considering maps has been out for a few years now.

  • Robert X

    Apple is not immune to the one-dot-oh release. They *had* to abandon Google maps and totally replace it. That isn’t an easy feat considering maps has been out for a few years now.

  • Ed_Kel

    This app is clearly in it’s infancy. I won’t dog on Apple for mistakes like these; mapping the globe is a huge undertaking. If anything, they should have made it beta like they did for Siri. Either way – It can only get better.

  • ramunasbl

    I just tried to navigate using new maps – works great except that street names (not English) are pronounced in the way it is impossible to understand. If for walking it is not a problem as one has time to read the screen, however while driving these “in 500 meters torn right to RTUYJHVCHFDC” confuses more than provides help.
    As for fun part of maps – the Vilnius’ airport runway in 3D Apple’s iOS6 maps https://fbcdn-sphotos-b-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/6223_3778285341008_1398285134_n.jpg

  • RaptorOO7

    Apple is not immune to the one-dot-oh release. They *had* to abandon Google maps and totally replace it. That isn’t an easy feat considering maps has been out for a few years now.

    So Apple had to replace Google Maps, why exactly is that? Because they compete so what. Lots of companies compete and Apple has failed to deliver a comparable solution and is now touting it as a solid replacement. Its clearly not.

    If you are allowing Apple to slide on this then you are an apologist not a realist.

  • Gadget

    I don’t use the satellite view but the turn by turn I was using last night worked great. Mapgate is definitely picking up steam though. I would be pissed if my satellite view went from a detailed colour view to some blurry pixels.

  • aepxc

    If Jobs were still around, a bunch of people would be going home crying like little girls today.

    Actually, if Jobs were still around, this would never have been released, with the maps team not allowed to go home in the preceding months until they got it right.

  • Ed_Kel
    Apple is not immune to the one-dot-oh release. They *had* to abandon Google maps and totally replace it. That isn’t an easy feat considering maps has been out for a few years now.

    So Apple had to replace Google Maps, why exactly is that? Because they compete so what. Lots of companies compete and Apple has failed to deliver a comparable solution and is now touting it as a solid replacement. Its clearly not.

    If you are allowing Apple to slide on this then you are an apologist not a realist.

    Where has Apple ever touted it as a solid replacement? Sure they have marketed the app, but not once have they called it out as comparable to Google’s maps.

    And a realist wouldn’t compare a brand new mapping app to one that has been refined for years now. How’s “kayaking across the pacific” working for ya? Case and point? Nothing is perfect.

  • Len Williams

    Apple had to ditch Google maps for a very good reason: Google refused to license turn by turn directions to Apple. That’s why Android phones have had this feature for some time and iPhones haven’t. Since Google wasn’t allowing this functionality on iOS, Apple had to develop its own mapping system, which is a HUGE undertaking. Yes, it has glitches and isn’t perfect, yet, but they had to start somewhere. Most of Maps works very well, and the rest will be corrected over a relatively short period of time.

    I know that it’s become common to expect perfection and instant gratification, but chill out and all will be well shortly. If you absolutely need to use a different mapping/navigation system and can’t wait a few weeks or months for Apple to get its database corrected, go to the App Store and find something you like better. Honestly, the hissy fits that some users make over this is unbelievable. Life will NOT end because Maps has a few glitches. Beware that Android supporters of all ranks will blow this up into a Mapgate issue to try to throw dirt on the iPhone and iOS. Chill, be calm, practice patience. Be kind to others and this too will sort itself out.

  • Tallest_Skil

    Apple had to ditch Google maps for a very good reason: Google refused to license turn by turn directions to Apple.

    Wait, source? Really?

  • aepxc

    Apple is not immune to the one-dot-oh release. They *had* to abandon Google maps and totally replace it. That isn’t an easy feat considering maps has been out for a few years now.

    It’s a flagship feature, of the flagship product, of the world’s most valuable (and, IMHO, smartest) company, developed over at least a few years (when Apple started acquiring mapping firms) and competing against very mature and sophisticated offerings from competitors. And one of the big problems simply seems to be bad quality (i.e. the cheaper option) data.

    This looks to be a royal screwing of the pooch either through carelessness (someone got convinced that the cheaper option is good enough) or lack of foresight (that good mapping would, looking from 2-3 years back, be one of the places where the puck will be today).

    People need to be called out on unimpressive work quickly and directly. To make up excuses out of respect for past accomplishments is to push them towards mediocrity.

  • volodoscope

    Well the licensing of Google apps was coming to an end with Apple, and Google was advertising in their Maps without any kind of revenue share with Apple. This is why Apple had to drop them. Again, Apple is a software and hardware company, this is totally new to them. Just give it sometime, Earth.

  • yopdesign

    I am an iPhone4S user in Jakarta Indonesia. Usually when i used Google Maps, it is really easy to find directions, but since i upgraded to iOS6, and tried the iOSmaps, it’s far away horrible in getting directions compared to Google Maps. I don’t expect much from the beautiful 3D looks, i just need directions which as good as Google Maps does…

  • Jordan Baker

    i use the maps app almost everyday, if this is what i have to look forward to with ios6 that really sucks. never would have happened if steve was around. #bullshit

  • Jordan Baker

    someone better jailbreak ios6 on iphone 5 quick so we can possibly get google maps back or it would be nice as a free download in the app store.

  • Tallest_Skil

    someone better jailbreak ios6 on iphone 5 quick so we can possibly get google maps back or it would be nice as a free download in the app store.

    FRIGGING GO TO MAPS.GOOGLE.COM. PROBLEM SOLVED.

  • ddevito
    Apple is not immune to the one-dot-oh release. They *had* to abandon Google maps and totally replace it. That isn’t an easy feat considering maps has been out for a few years now.

    So Apple had to replace Google Maps, why exactly is that? Because they compete so what. Lots of companies compete and Apple has failed to deliver a comparable solution and is now touting it as a solid replacement. Its clearly not.

    If you are allowing Apple to slide on this then you are an apologist not a realist.

    Where has Apple ever touted it as a solid replacement? Sure they have marketed the app, but not once have they called it out as comparable to Google’s maps.

    And a realist wouldn’t compare a brand new mapping app to one that has been refined for years now. How’s “kayaking across the pacific” working for ya? Case and point? Nothing is perfect.

    It’s sad how blind you and the rest of the flock are. It’s weep for you

  • Ed_Kel
    Apple is not immune to the one-dot-oh release. They *had* to abandon Google maps and totally replace it. That isn’t an easy feat considering maps has been out for a few years now.

    So Apple had to replace Google Maps, why exactly is that? Because they compete so what. Lots of companies compete and Apple has failed to deliver a comparable solution and is now touting it as a solid replacement. Its clearly not.

    If you are allowing Apple to slide on this then you are an apologist not a realist.

    Where has Apple ever touted it as a solid replacement? Sure they have marketed the app, but not once have they called it out as comparable to Google’s maps.

    And a realist wouldn’t compare a brand new mapping app to one that has been refined for years now. How’s “kayaking across the pacific” working for ya? Case and point? Nothing is perfect.

    It’s sad how blind you and the rest of the flock are. It’s weep for you

    Go fuck yourself, useless troll.

  • Fiercehairdo
    Apple is not immune to the one-dot-oh release. They *had* to abandon Google maps and totally replace it. That isn’t an easy feat considering maps has been out for a few years now.

    It’s a flagship feature, of the flagship product, of the world’s most valuable (and, IMHO, smartest) company, developed over at least a few years (when Apple started acquiring mapping firms) and competing against very mature and sophisticated offerings from competitors. And one of the big problems simply seems to be bad quality (i.e. the cheaper option) data.

    This looks to be a royal screwing of the pooch either through carelessness (someone got convinced that the cheaper option is good enough) or lack of foresight (that good mapping would, looking from 2-3 years back, be one of the places where the puck will be today).

    People need to be called out on unimpressive work quickly and directly. To make up excuses out of respect for past accomplishments is to push them towards mediocrity.

    Very much agree with this. It really doesn’t help anyone making feeble excuses defending Apple like they are a bullied little kid. They are a huge corporation who needlessly have just downgraded key functionality for many of its paying customers. They should have waited until it was up to speed before forcing a sub-par service on us. There really is no excuse.

  • Fiercehairdo
    someone better jailbreak ios6 on iphone 5 quick so we can possibly get google maps back or it would be nice as a free download in the app store.

    FRIGGING GO TO MAPS.GOOGLE.COM. PROBLEM SOLVED.

    I notice Tallest Ski has attacked nearly every critical post on this forum… Talk about blind apologist. She even flagged one that says “oh dear”. Thats a bit tame to flag don’t you think Tallest??

  • Fiercehairdo

    I wonder would people be so forgiving if a flagship feature like mail or safari stopped functioning adequately? “Oh, give them time, they’re just getting started” etc… People, we are paying for this stuff! If it could work in 2007, there really is no excuse for it being like this in 2012.

  • Fiercehairdo
    Apple is not immune to the one-dot-oh release. They *had* to abandon Google maps and totally replace it. That isn’t an easy feat considering maps has been out for a few years now.

    So Apple had to replace Google Maps, why exactly is that? Because they compete so what. Lots of companies compete and Apple has failed to deliver a comparable solution and is now touting it as a solid replacement. Its clearly not.

    If you are allowing Apple to slide on this then you are an apologist not a realist.

    Where has Apple ever touted it as a solid replacement? Sure they have marketed the app, but not once have they called it out as comparable to Google’s maps.

    And a realist wouldn’t compare a brand new mapping app to one that has been refined for years now. How’s “kayaking across the pacific” working for ya? Case and point? Nothing is perfect.

    Are you kidding??
    Quote from the Apple website:
    “Designed by Apple from the ground up, Maps gives you turn-by-turn spoken directions, interactive 3D views, and the stunning Flyover feature. All of which may just make this app the most beautiful, powerful mapping service ever.

    Thats from here: http://www.apple.com/ios/maps/

    That sounds to me like they’re comparing it to every mapping service out there and they think it comes off best! Apple hyperbole gone into overdrive to the detriment of its paying customers.

  • Tallest_Skil

    I notice Tallest Ski has attacked nearly every critical post on this forum… Talk about blind apologist. She even flagged one that says “oh dear”. Thats a bit tame to flag don’t you think Tallest??

    I notice you’re lying first and making things up second.

  • Ed_Kel
    Apple is not immune to the one-dot-oh release. They *had* to abandon Google maps and totally replace it. That isn’t an easy feat considering maps has been out for a few years now.

    So Apple had to replace Google Maps, why exactly is that? Because they compete so what. Lots of companies compete and Apple has failed to deliver a comparable solution and is now touting it as a solid replacement. Its clearly not.

    If you are allowing Apple to slide on this then you are an apologist not a realist.

    Where has Apple ever touted it as a solid replacement? Sure they have marketed the app, but not once have they called it out as comparable to Google’s maps.

    And a realist wouldn’t compare a brand new mapping app to one that has been refined for years now. How’s “kayaking across the pacific” working for ya? Case and point? Nothing is perfect.

    Are you kidding??
    Quote from the Apple website:
    “Designed by Apple from the ground up, Maps gives you turn-by-turn spoken directions, interactive 3D views, and the stunning Flyover feature. All of which may just make this app the most beautiful, powerful mapping service ever.

    Thats from here: http://www.apple.com/ios/maps/

    That sounds to me like they’re comparing it to every mapping service out there and they think it comes off best! Apple hyperbole gone into overdrive to the detriment of its paying customers.

    As well it will come off as the best. Google’s maps wasn’t all that great in its infancy either.. This Maps app definitely has the potential of being the best. You, along with the other trolls, just like to jump on every Apple shortfall out there. Then in a few years when Apple, once again out performs, you take your sorry ass back to talkandroid until there’s something else to cry about….

  • Eric

    Is it strange that one of the big reasons why I’m holding off upgrading to iOS 6, is because they got rid of Google Maps? lol I hope that Google decides to incorporate Google Maps into their Google Search app.

  • Fiercehairdo
    Apple is not immune to the one-dot-oh release. They *had* to abandon Google maps and totally replace it. That isn’t an easy feat considering maps has been out for a few years now.

    So Apple had to replace Google Maps, why exactly is that? Because they compete so what. Lots of companies compete and Apple has failed to deliver a comparable solution and is now touting it as a solid replacement. Its clearly not.

    If you are allowing Apple to slide on this then you are an apologist not a realist.

    Where has Apple ever touted it as a solid replacement? Sure they have marketed the app, but not once have they called it out as comparable to Google’s maps.

    And a realist wouldn’t compare a brand new mapping app to one that has been refined for years now. How’s “kayaking across the pacific” working for ya? Case and point? Nothing is perfect.

    Are you kidding??
    Quote from the Apple website:
    “Designed by Apple from the ground up, Maps gives you turn-by-turn spoken directions, interactive 3D views, and the stunning Flyover feature. All of which may just make this app the most beautiful, powerful mapping service ever.

    Thats from here: http://www.apple.com/ios/maps/

    That sounds to me like they’re comparing it to every mapping service out there and they think it comes off best! Apple hyperbole gone into overdrive to the detriment of its paying customers.

    As well it will come off as the best. Google’s maps wasn’t all that great in its infancy either.. This Maps app definitely has the potential of being the best. You, along with the other trolls, just like to jump on every Apple shortfall out there. Then in a few years when Apple, once again out performs, you take your sorry ass back to talkandroid until there’s something else to cry about….

    Dude, please. I have NEVER owned an Android. I am Apple to the core (so to speak) and love all their products. I just feel seriously let down by the Maps app, for good reason – it is unarguably sub-standard. Calling “Troll” on every criticism really isn’t fair. I hope Apple fixes it’s map app. I just think they should have fixed it BEFORE they released it. Instead they are putting their own interests ahead of the paying customers – you and me! If you’re happy to have Maps downgraded, good for you. I, on the other hand, expect the best from Apple and, for once unfortunately, they haven’t delivered.

  • Singh Amardeep

    Apple is all about the money now :/

  • Lars Pallesen

    Looking at the imagery above, I think Apple should add a disclaimer to the new Maps app in iOS 6; “Please note: Not an actual map. For entertainment purposes only”

  • Nick Hansen

    i see there is a problem with a lot of places, but you guys should have a look at Melbourne, Australia, it’s been done really well

  • SupaMac

    @Tallest_Skil is flag happy. Don’t understand it. TS usually makes good points when commenting, but enjoys flagging the crap out of people. Don’t understand it. I’m with you @Fiercehairdo.

    I notice Tallest Ski has attacked nearly every critical post on this forum… Talk about blind apologist. She even flagged one that says “oh dear”. Thats a bit tame to flag don’t you think Tallest??

    I notice you’re lying first and making things up second.

  • Sean Shamus McCabe

    OK my dead honest opinion of the new maps is that yes there are some imperfections but overall from my experience the good outweigh the bad. Built in turn by turn directions from Siri alone is what does it for me brings it to a whole new level. You just tell Siri where you want to go and your set! I’m can see how someone on the iPhone 4 and earlier models would be disappointed with maps because without Siri it’s just a new map with less features and no 3D maps. To those people I would say wait to upgrade until Google rereleases their maps app on their own. It’s already awaiting approval from Apple my guess is it will be a month before it comes out.

  • Xander_Crews

    This is disgraceful. A mapping app that you can’t trust, is absolutely worthless. If I’m in an unfamiliar area and I am looking for an address or a town (which is when most folks use mapping software) and it takes me miles out of the way to the wrong location, or can’t find the location at all, that’s horrible. It’s disgraceful that Apple released it like this. I’d argue that it’s not even beta software, it’s alpha. They should have kept Google Maps on iOS6 until their Mapping app was ready for prime time. To me, this is a deal breaker for which phone to get. Those of you saying, “no big deal…it will get better”, are crazy…stop being apologists and start demanding a quality product. You’re paying big money for an iPhone/iPad with iOS6 and you should be getting polished software. Apple stuff is supposed to “just work” because they create the software for their devices, it’s all in house, it’s supposed to have the highest quality control, right? That is what Apple fans are always touting as to why iOS & Apple devices are superior, right? Well it’s a big fail for Apple here. Wow. Google has to be falling out of their chairs laughing.

  • Xander_Crews

    Quote from the Apple website:
    “Designed by Apple from the ground up, Maps gives you turn-by-turn spoken directions, interactive 3D views, and the stunning Flyover feature. All of which may just make this app the most beautiful, powerful mapping service ever.

    Thats from here: http://www.apple.com/ios/maps/

    That sounds to me like they’re comparing it to every mapping service out there and they think it comes off best! Apple hyperbole gone into overdrive to the detriment of its paying customers.

    Apple has always touted it’s stuff as “the best ever” or “the most advanced blah blah ever”.
    Just because they say it, doesn’t make it true. Remember, they are trying to sell you stuff. What else do you expect them to say?
    Salesmen lie…that’s what they do. But the industry calls it, “creative marketing”. I call it bullsh*t.

    Buy what you like and what is best for you. But don’t think for a second that just because the manufacturer calls their own product “the best ever”, that it actually is. And in Apple’s case, those claims haven’t been true for a while now.

  • SpikeHK

    They even managed to get the location of their one store in Hong Kong wrong.

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