Apple knew about problems with Apple Maps before iOS 6 launch
0. phoneArena 09 Oct 2012, 20:11 posted on
Six iOS developers say that they warned Cupertino about the problems with Apple Maps well before iOS 6 and thus the Maps app was launched; the anonymous developers all have active apps that count on Apple Maps to work and had sent correspondence to Apple, complaining about the problems...
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1. Pings (Posts: 303; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
But it's not Apple's fault. It's the user's fault...
16. MeoCao (unregistered)
And how Apple lied about their maps: most advanced, powerful, magical...
shame on you Apple.
37. andro. (Posts: 1999; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)
Its no different than any other lie covering up each iphones fault through the years really only this one has become blatantly obvious to even the most idioticof ifans. Even they have to admit theirs something wrong with the worlds most magical and beautiful maps when it directs them into a slurry pit field instead of a local supermarket
46. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3915; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)
It's not faulty...the world is going to shape up like it is on Apple maps. Future proof, lol.
33. Mittal (Posts: 493; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)
"you are using the wrong device... use the green robot thingy.."
39. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (unregistered)
"What was needed wasn't so much an interface for reporting a single point as incorrect, but for selecting an entire region and saying 'all of this -- it's wrong."
welcome to iworld. its 2009:)
11. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
Yes, we at Apple are so advanced, we actually mapped another dimension that's different from this one! It's your fault for not living in it.
2. DaNTRoN (Posts: 135; Member since: 23 Jul 2012)
Hmm, it seems apple put a deadline on ios6 and we're going to stick to that date and those features no matter what. I can see why apple wants maps but to put out a poor product seems like a step back. They could have kept google maps and refined apple maps. Later on releasing a patch to replace google.
22. quakan (Posts: 1375; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)
I agree. I think it's pretty obvious that they knew but with having to meet a deadline they went ahead and released it and braced themselves for backlash. It's also a safe bet to say that they've been working around the clock since before iOS 6 came out to fix this.
35. bencrypted (Posts: 9; Member since: 27 Sep 2012)
Yes, they should have retained Google Maps as there was another year left in the contract, and released Apple Maps "Beta" along with it, and asked it consumers to signup to try the app and give their feedback, suggestions and corrections about the App rather than claiming that they have "the most Powerful Mapping Service ever".
To be fair on Apple, it will take a lot of effort to get it absolutely right, and it may take years of research and verification and will require constant updation to stay up-to-date with the constantly changing landscapes.
This game of one-upmanship might have cost Apple Ince. some credibility.
42. Fallout09 (Posts: 421; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
Wouldn’t work.... As soon as user saw how bad the maps were and the word got out, no one would touch it with a ten foot pole. By moving iMaps into iOS 6, Apple is now conducting the world’s largest beta test by force. Gotta Love Apple for the size of their testicular fortitude.
3. maxican16 (Posts: 364; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)
Not sure this is really news... they had to have known there were major issues with it.
44. maxican16 (Posts: 364; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)
Best summation of apple I've heard in awhile. Well done.
4. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)
There is no doubt Apple knew exactly what was going on with Maps. I just don't know how something like this could get launched into prime time without someone...ANYONE stopping it. Sure, we can say that Apple Maps isn't perfect just yet and I don't know that anyone expected it to be. Android fans would have pounced on it regardless of how good or bad it was. But my god...what did Apple expect from this? People would just ignore the fact that it was incredibly off?
Let's make it simple. Put Apple Maps into Beta status (which is what it is regardless of what Apple may think). Give users the ability to choose Google Maps or Apple Maps. Hell, make "Maps" a feature on your setting and allow users to toggle back and forth. As long as it's not illegal, de-identify users and allow them to "check-in" to start building up a catalogue of places based on their GPS location.
It frustrates me that something so simple could be such a blunder. Although I could care less about our first world problems, mapping apps are ridiculously important to a smartphone. And for something to be as wrong as Apple Maps, it shouldn't have been released. Cook should have just said, "Is this ready?" He could have taken it on a spin himself. But it seems like checks and balances were just off on this one. They promised maps and no one had the nuts to say we can't move forward with this yet.
13. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)
I still read stories. Rarely comment with all the unwarranted Apple hate. This subject, however, is completely warranted.
41. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (unregistered)
45. maxican16 (Posts: 364; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)
Unwarranted? I'll disagree with you there.
But over the top? Yes, in every sense of the word. Lots of stupid comments just to troll. PA is the worst in that regard.. well, almost.
47. quakan (Posts: 1375; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)
Like Fallout09 said, "Apple is now conducting the world’s largest beta test by force".
5. Max_Boost (Posts: 101; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)
You're mapping it wrong [(or mapped it wrong, depending on how you look at it). Just like how you're holding it wrong.]. LOL
6. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
You don't say? Apple knew about its own software before releasing it, what a concept! In all seriousness though, scumbag Apple really pulled a dumb move with Maps.
7. kevenrivera (Posts: 3; Member since: 09 Oct 2012)
"Apple knew about problems with Apple Maps before iOS 6 launch"
How could they not know?
34. Mittal (Posts: 493; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)
Its a bigger embarrassment for them if they did NOT know....
That would be one s**tty testing of the build
8. phil2n (Posts: 487; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
i don't care about the problem, as long as i gain and that's my only concern
12. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)
I disagree. No company can afford massive mess ups like this on purpose. AntennaGate was pretty epic and an apology that Jobs probably didn't want to make. But in Apple's defense, I'm sure no company made holding a phone a certain way for a few seconds a test. But maps... I feel like maps was a result of only testing in the bay area and everything going great there. I feel like those who knew were too committed to releasing as scheduled rather than bringing quality work. As much as folks here tend to hate Steve Jobs, I doubt this would have happened. Cook's a great CEO, but he has get his hands dirty.