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Apple asking for patience as Maps for iOS 6 gets scathing reaction

Apple is urging patience from iOS 6 users of its native Apple Maps the day after the new operating system with non-Google Maps navigation launched.

An Apple spokeswoman told AllThingsD:

“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 company has drawn the ire of everyone from tech pundits to users to competitors for its new service, which many complain is inaccurate, sloppy, and at times almost comically bad. Here’s what some of the UK’s best in the media thought:

The Independent put a lot of the problems down to out of date mapping data: “Much of Apple’s map data is out of date, inaccurate, low resolution and incomplete. Some users have noticed towns and villages displayed up to a mile out of position. Some smaller roads and lanes do not even have road names and numbers here in the UK. It seems Apple’s data is months, if not years out of date and only partially complete.”

The Telegraph added: “As it is, it’s disappointing and makes it impossible to recommend Apple Maps for finding local services. Street navigation appears just fine, though Apple’s Maps are still more sparsely populated than the Google Maps they replace. Schools, for instance, and parks often appear on Google but are empty white spaces on Apple Maps.”

The Guardian clocked some even odder geographical pehneomenon: Within minutes of the launch of the iOS6 operating system, which comes preloaded with Apple Maps, users were reporting that Paddington station had vanished, London had been relocated to Ontario, the Sears Tower in Chicago had shrunk, and Helsinki railway station had been turned into a park.

The BBC’s Rory Rory Cellan-Jones ‏ tweeted: “Got to say this for Apple maps – it’s made the idea of moving to Luton a lot more attractive http://pic.twitter.com/WkPsX1WL

What’s wrong with Apple Maps

As TechRadar fiddled with iOS 6, we were by and large overwhelmed by how good it is. The one down side? Maps.

Granted, the feature has a lot to live up to with the widely used (and widely used-to) Google Maps, however because of its position as a go-to mobile phone feature, Apple has fallen short at providing even the most basic of navigation services.

One particularly frustrating omission is public transit information, however Apple told The Verge it is working with developers “to integrate some amazing transit apps in the App Store into iOS Maps.”

Generally, by half-baking its Maps app, Apple has left the door wide open for Android to maneuver its way to the top of the piloting pyramid.

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