Survey Suggests Most iOS 6 Users Don’t Have A Problem With Maps At All

Survey Suggests Most iOS 6 Users Don’t Have A Problem With Maps At All

iOS 6 Maps. An unmitigated disaster, right? That’s what I’d say as I struggle to get Maps to even give me correct directions from work to my house, but apparently, I’m in the minority: a recent poll suggests that most people don’t think Maps has degraded at all in iOS 6.

The survey was conducted by Mike Blumenthal using the Google Consumer Surveys tool. There weren’t a lot of responses — only 168 — but of those polled, over 50 percent thought it was a non-issue, while an additionaly 23% thought it was firmly good enough. Astonishing.

Of those who responded, women were less likely to find iOS 6 Maps wanting than men, and city dwellers tended to be more happy than users in rural areas (this makes sense, as the data of major cities tends to be in better shape than for obscure country locales).

At the end of the day, only 8.8 percent said that iOS 6 Maps had measurably changed their likelihood of buying future Apple products. In my mind, that’s still a pretty alarming number, but it’s certainly not a catastrophic one. People aren’t going to flee the iPhone for Android in droves because of Maps.

In my experience, the people who have no problem with iOS 6 Maps are people who don’t rely on Maps very often, and when they do, are always driving and in a car. I am an urban dweller, and live in a city where Apple’s mapping data should be pretty good, and for me, iOS 6 Maps is so consistently terrible that I’ve been reduced to the point of gnashing my teeth as, time after time, Apple tells me that an address I want to go to in Somerville is actually in Belmont, several miles away, or that directions to a shop around the corner on foot require me to make a long, pointless series of spirals. What about you?

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  • Ryan Gomez

    This whole maps thing has been far over sensationalised. I have had no problems in my normal usage of iOS 6 maps. That’s not to say I never will, but the fact that I’ve not encountered such reported errors as of yet gives me the impression that these cases are few and far between.

  • marsk

    The only problem for me is missing transit information , subway exit . Other than that, I’d been using the turn by turn navigation for this couple days, and it worked well, I believe apple will keep improve the map over the time.

  • Yeh

    iPhone owners are very condescending with apple’s fails. Why so much loyalty?

  • Chuckster

    I would like to see this survey for users outside the US, which accounts for 63% of iPhones sales, and where the new Maps truly shine for all the wrong reasons.

  • Kylerjai

    iPhone owners are very condescending with apple’s fails. Why so much loyalty?

    Condescending? That’s a moronic statement. It is widely known that the overwhelming majority of problems being experienced by Maps users outside of the US. Just because someone here doesn’t pitch a fit the way you see on INTERNATIONAL message boards doesn’t mean it effects everyone equally.

  • FriarNurgle

    I have no issues.

  • technochick

    Well I do firmly believe that these issues are being totally blown out, this is far from a valid survey. 168 responses means nothing. John should be embarrassed by hyping this as meaning anything. MOST users were asked so they might or might not be bothered.

  • djkikrome

    Not one problem with the app still. Works great for me and anyone I know.

  • djkikrome

    Not one problem with the app still. Works great for me and anyone I know.

  • artbytar

    I was in the mountains in NC on a motorcycle last week and the maps app on my 4S running iOS6 worked flawlessly. I’ve had NO issues with it at all.

  • David Shanahan

    It hasn’t been a problem for me, but then I almost never used the old Maps app anyway. I used it once and found the lack of turn-by-turn audio too dangerous and switched to an app store alternative that had them instead. And hardly ever use that either! So when the new Maps came out I didn’t notice any problems until I started seeing all the complaints online and tried looking for stuff using it. I’ve found some minor issues, but nothing I’d call a disaster so far.

  • vanmacguy

    I have no issues with it at all. I live in Vancouver, Canada and have always used the Maps app to get around. Apple’s maps is as good in my use as the old app was. And I love the turn by turn navigation, so much better than having to sneak looks at the screen all the time.

    Anyone else in the Vancouver area noticed any glaring errors?

  • Jackson Myers

    I’m in tucson Arizona on business. I’ve never been here before and I don’t know my way around. I’ve been using apple maps with turn by turn with no problems so far. My colleague told me to meet him at this restaurant that isn’t in google so he specifically said ill never find it if I use google maps to navigate, but apple maps found it. The one place that apple maps couldn’t find I just entered the address instead and that worked fine.

  • Zod Buster

    enough time passed now which allowed apple to pay for good reples …..believe and buy

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