The Internet has been buzzing for the past 24 hours, filled with complaints about Apple’s new Maps app in iOS 6. Back in June, Apple revealed the app, letting folks know that free turn-by-turn navigation was coming to iOS and that they were dropping Google Maps. The problem is that Google has been mapping the world since 2005 and has a seven year lead on local search, fixing errors, etc.
No doubt Apple didn’t like sending so much business Google’s way and felt forced to make this move. But it’s sounds as if it’s going to leave a bad taste with a lot of users. Here’s a brief roundup of posts from around the Web, including some from Apple fanboys:
- Business Insider: Apple’s Maps are a disatser waiting to happen
- Anil Dash: Who benefits from Apple’s crummy maps?
- John Gruber: “The maps experience in iOS 6 is a downgrade“
- Rocky Mountain Mac Repair: Local Search in the iOS 6 Maps App is Broken
- Walt Mossberg: “a step backward from the familiar Google app“
- Gizmodo UK: Apple Maps Just Plain Sucks
- The Understatement: Quantifying the impending iOS 6 Maps backlash
I could go on, but you get the idea. I guess this isn’t going to hurt navigation app sales too much, huh?
Meanwhile, there are questions and suggestions about the promised Google Maps app:
- As Google Maps Disappears In iOS 6, Google Remains Cagey About Releasing Its Own App
- If I Were Google, I Wouldn’t Release A Native iOS 6 Maps App For Six Months
Heaven forbid pilots use it.
Finally, here’s a creative marketing response:
— marybethlowell (@marybethlowell) September 19, 2012