Weirdest of 2015: The year’s biggest ‘whoops’ moments


Apple fanatics got up to some strange stuff in 2015.
We all made a lot of mistakes this year.
Image: Stephen Smith/Cult of Mac

Cult of Mac's Best of 2015 We aren’t going to pretend we’re perfect, but that doesn’t mean we have no appreciation for the mistakes of others. They make us feel better about our own glaring flaws, and they also make for some good fodder for “weirdest of 2015” news roundups.

This year, we saw some really impressive corporate blunders as well as some head-slapping moments from Apple fans.

Apple Maps now dominates Google Maps on iOS devices


Apple Maps instructions might get a lot more 'human' soon.
Apple Maps has turned over a new leaf.
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It’s hard to think of too many Apple-related bombs bigger than Apple Maps, the disastrous mapping service introduced in 2012, which resulted in widespread ridicule, at least one major executive leaving the company, and Tim Cook himself recommending that customers use rival services.

But just a few years later a new report suggests that Apple Maps is used “three times as often” as Google Maps on iOS devices, with “more than five billion map-related requests each week.”

How’s that for a turnaround?

Apple Maps trains its eye on Amtrak routes, Boston transit


Amtrak in Apple Maps
Amtrak routes are now available in Apple Maps.
Screengrab: Evan Killham/Cult of Mac

The next stage of Apple Maps’ Transit roll-out is live today. The latest update includes public transportation in Boston and, more interestingly, select Amtrak train routes in the northeastern U.S.

OK, well it’s all pretty interesting. But, you know. Trains.

Google Maps loses its cool when asked, ‘Are we there yet?’


If you have young children, the last question you want to hear on any long journey is, “Are we there yet?” It’s never asked just once; it’s asked again and again and again until you angrily threaten to turn around and go home, or you plow into a tree.

The question is so infuriating that even Google Maps can’t take it. Ask the maddening question a few times while navigating and you’ll get the angry response you deserve.