The iOS Maps fiasco is not hindering iPhone 5 sales
0. phoneArena 01 Oct 2012, 07:09 posted on
Although many would have thought that the problems and media buzz surrounding Apple's notorious iOS 6 maps would stop some people from buying the iPhone 5, it looks like no one really cares that much...
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18. TalkingTechy (Posts: 97; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)
Actually, the phone selling like hotcakes is exactly what will HELP the product. The more users on the app, the more data Apple collects to improve the product. We know it took Google Maps 7 years to get their maps right. Heck, I remember 5 years ago thinking how cool Google maps was. I asked it to bring me to Best Buy and thought nothing of it when it gave me an address I didn't know a Best Buy existed. Well, it turned out to be a residential area with a gated community.
My point is not that it will take 5-7 years for iOS Maps to get corrected, but just to take the maps with a grain of salt. I have used it now for the last week and it actually works very well with minimal battery use. I used the Galaxy S3 in LA a couple months ago and the battery drained very quickly.
I did have 1 issue and thought it was kinda funny...I was looking to call a local AT&T store that I was pretty sure existed, but iOS Maps couldn't find it. Switched to Google Maps and there it was.
24. PowTheBowl (Posts: 86; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)
I think in the US, it's OK but outside the US? it's really bad.
Tried it in Asia, can't even find a Mcdonald's store in front of me.
29. TalkingTechy (Posts: 97; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)
Very good to know. Yes it sounded like a majority of the issues were international to the U.S. Sorry about your issues! Have you used alternative apps (or smartphones :-) )?
34. PowTheBowl (Posts: 86; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)
At least I have an Android smartphone beside me :)
20. TalkingTechy (Posts: 97; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)
"I've told em to nav to things I know were wrong like the sears tower and such and they were all dumbfounded."
Hmm, doesn't really seem like a fair test of a product. "Try this thing I know doesn't work." How about playing "Early Bird" (awesome game by the way) on any Android device? Crashes 90% of the time when trying to open it. Has never crashed on my iPhone.
I know iOS Maps has issues, but give it a fair test, decide for yourself, and take it all with a grain of salt.
11. lyndon420 (Posts: 3840; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)
Of course. If the screen was known to fall off outta the box they'd still buy it.
12. MartyK (Posts: 777; Member since: 11 Apr 2012)
The only thing I could thing of is this, if this was any other company who put this junk out (bad mapping system); PA., ALLTHINGD,CNN, and every news outlet would be putting that company down and praise how well Apple is doing.
But since it's Apple, "oh well, there's minor bugs, nothing major, oh look it's sales very well".
You guys are killing me PA.
16. iami67 (Posts: 318; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
Just shows you how brain washed apple users are. All the problems with the phone and people still want it.
82. CRICKETownz (Posts: 980; Member since: 24 Oct 2009)
if you have an Android you have no room to talk about "all the problems"...with all the updates (especially for outdated models that don't have the hardware to efficiently run it) if you haven't had an issue you're either a liar or you haven't been paying attention.
33. ddeath (Posts: 167; Member since: 14 Apr 2012)
Actually, people buys them, then resell them to other vendors that in turn sells them with a premium in other countries that has trouble getting stocks for iPhone 5. I know a colleague that did just that and pocket $400 profit straight away, then he buys a S3. Talk about idiocy, of the buyers that paid premium of course. They can hold on to their old iPhones and wait for a while, and save that $1K extra they paid on top of the selling price. Jesus. Bloody idiots.
39. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)
LMAO it's because they missed GOOGLE MAPS which is far SUPERIOR
50. sudbury78 (Posts: 130; Member since: 12 Jul 2012)
Don't you people read the title? Nothing and I mean NOTHING can and will derail this company and the phones are still flying off shelves. You people are trying everything in your power to convince yourself not owning an apple is the right choice. GET OVER IT. Apple wins and will continue too.
70. Savage (unregistered)
Tried iOS 6 today finally. Its Maps are terrible. My area is totally blank. >_<
Downloaded Maps+ (They use Google's data and UI) and it works a lot better.
72. mas11 (Posts: 1034; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)
I could have told you that. People don't buy the iPhone because they want a powerful smartphone, they buy it because it's popular and cool. If they really cared about functionality they would have purchased an Android phone or even a WP.
75. jibraihimi (Posts: 750; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)
Digital Maps doesn't matter to Apple iFans, because they still carry paper maps for navigation, and they can't understand new tech, if they were able to understand new tech then they would had learnt by now the difference between 'innovation' and gimmick; and would have moved from ios to better platform............
76. TMach (Posts: 450; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)
Held the iP5 for all of 2 minutes and sent it back. Not wedded to IOS or Android although I do have a preference for Android overall as I find IOS a tad on the boring side due to its simplicity which some love but I find underwhelming. Went into Vodafone to upgrade my iP4S to iP5, quite looking forward to it until the iP5 came with two chips in the aluminium bit straight out of the box. Got voda to re-set my commitment and will upgrade when something with great QC is released.
77. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
If Jobs were alive today do you think he would apologize for the issues with maps? I doubt it.
78. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)
they really need to do a huge revamping on apple maps!
79. Mountech (Posts: 6; Member since: 23 Sep 2012)
I don't think the iMaps are acceptable to users, I think the driving force behind iPhone sales is the nature of the iPhone community. Most people that had old iPhones and needed good navigation had (and still have) a Garmin, TomTom, or some other GPS unit already. And the others don't miss what they never had.
I'd be very surprised to see a number of Android users, who liked their phone's GPS w/TbT & Traffic to make the switch before the issues are resolved. I don't see them buying a Garmin to go with their new iPhone.
81. CRICKETownz (Posts: 980; Member since: 24 Oct 2009)
Smh...i see the Android fans can't help their green envy yet again, flocking to yet another Apple article to spread good cheer. To stick to the topic, i don't think the errors in the maps program are a big deal b/c the previous google maps wasn't that exciting in the first place. It was great for a business look-up tool but not nearly as impressive as Android's Maps service. Regardless, Android cronies argue about technicalities, beta or no beta, who cares...its a new product. nitpicking like grumpy old men/women shows the maturity level of most of you. Preorders pushed at least 3 weeks out and doesn't it just piss you off that it doesn't have to do everything an Android does to sell. As far as the "beta company" comment goes, dog...to say that about a company that brings in the revenue that Apple does is actually a compliment b/c to achieve that level of net worth in its "beta" stages is not too shabby. I understand having your opinion about something but ignoramous comments just make you look bad. You can cut the denial from the Android community with a butter knife. Argue all you want, but the competition isn't going anywhere & i say good. It would be a boring tech world if it were just Android as an option.