London Underground solves iOS 6 Maps woes with old-fashioned techniques

London Underground solves iOS 6 Maps woes with old-fashioned techniques
The Apple Maps introduced with iOS 6 have been the subject of criticism and ridicule due to their numerous imperfections. The lack of reliable information about public transportation is one of them. That could be a problem for users who live in a crowded city like London and rely heavily on the tube (read: the subway) in order to get around.

The London Underground, however, has a solution to the problem, as it becomes evident from this photo posted by Twitter user Ben Mathis. And it is quite an old-fashioned one, it seems – anyone is free to get a local area map from the booking office.

Sure, you won't have free turn-by-turn navigation with a paper map, but chances are the information it provides will be a lot more reliable than what Apple Maps offers. Whether your map reading skills are good enough in order to find your way around is a different story.

Alternatively, users can use the mobile version of Google Maps on their iPhones and iPads. Sure, it is a bit slower than we wish it was, but rest assured that a proper non-web-based app from Google is on its way.

source: Ben Mathis (Twitter) via Gizmodo

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28 Comments

1. B3BLW29

Posts: 238; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

Damn!!!! Epic fail for Appel's Maps.. ROFL

19. SlimSoulja86

Posts: 660; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

LOL I can see the next Samsung Ad The man stops at the edge of a cliff as his turn by turn navigation Siri tells him to proceed in 50m to turn left. In the car it is him, his wife and a teenage girl. Then the passing buy car stops to inspect. Then realise that the onwer of the other car looks lost. Man1 : Hi sir, are you okay? man2 : Not really, I think I'm lost man 1: lost? "looking perplexed", okay, where were you going? man2 : ahmmm, to... man1 ; "interrupting man 2", cool, I'll type in your address on my galaxy S3 on google maps and i'll direct you to your destination" man1 : "takes off his phone" so what is your destination? man2 : "telling man1 the destination" man2 : "whispering" where did you buy that phone" man1 : "not sure what man2 said" what? man2 : " looks at his wife who is busy typing something on her iPhone 5, then looks at his daughter flicking on an iPad" I want to buy that phone "whispering so the wife will not hear him asking about the galaxy s3"

23. torr310

Posts: 1645; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

The solution is to get an Android phone. Easy!

24. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

O MY GOD!!! HAHAAHAHAH..........TROLLED! solution? go to a library and borrow a map!! LMAOOO

2. wassup

Posts: 565; Member since: Jun 23, 2011

Lmfao ... the Britishers are smart.

12. MISTER.H

Posts: 167; Member since: Aug 03, 2012

And have justice and humanity in them.

22. Ohrules

Posts: 327; Member since: Jun 11, 2012

3. Peter27

Posts: 233; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

Thumbs up for underground. Epic !

4. Crossblade

Posts: 224; Member since: Apr 21, 2005

Somebody has trolled the Underground, funny though :)

11. nightelf91

Posts: 20; Member since: Jul 03, 2012

I'd say the Underground trolled Apple.

5. Ragnarockd

Posts: 47; Member since: Aug 27, 2012

Talk about old-fashioned techniques an marauder's map could come in handy.

6. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

well the fail starts with their icon, it tells you how wrong things are in there

7. B3BLW29

Posts: 238; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

I think the circle stand for Tube (they call their subway tube for some reason) + underground, so makes sense for them.

21. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

also so you know apple maps shows 280 because its close to cupertino if you look with the closest structure next to cupertino you will find a bridge you cant turn left from the bridge maps https://maps.google.com/maps?q=37.332529,-122.055813&num=1&t=h&z=16

8. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Apple should give a scanned copies of these paper maps on their iDevices ... better than their rotten cr@p which they are calling Apple Maps.

9. darktranquillity

Posts: 285; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

Wow it looks like the innovative apple taking back ifans into stone age.

10. nightelf91

Posts: 20; Member since: Jul 03, 2012

What a serious burn!

13. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

Samsung must take a jab at this.

14. MISTER.H

Posts: 167; Member since: Aug 03, 2012

We are all laughing at this epic fail.

17. SlimSoulja86

Posts: 660; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

LOL, i'm a fan of Apple(Also a proud owner of Samsung Galaxy tab 10.1 which I'm lovin it, looking forward to getting me some Note II), but would love to see Samsung making fun of Apple Maps. with something like ifan being lost in the city and the other one by the edge of a cliff with a car, looking all perplexed, then a Samsung Galaxy S3 user comes along and show them directions. That will be epic.

15. Savage unregistered

Haha, Classic Brits. One the few sensible countries which don't fall for false advertising and patent hypocrisy. Remember, they even threw out Apple's case against Galaxy Tab, asking Apple to apologize and now this. USA can learn a thing or two.

16. MISTER.H

Posts: 167; Member since: Aug 03, 2012

+1 from me.

27. B3BLW29

Posts: 238; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

Absolutely :) +1 for brit sensibility

18. Aeires unregistered

Taking half baked to entirely new levels!

25. jibraihimi

Posts: 801; Member since: Nov 29, 2011

Hahahahahahaha....... It was really very funny............. :) But I think new Maps from Apple will be very useful for all the Husband, and workers; Because now they can blame the maps on ios 6, for being late to home or work........... :)

26. RapidCat

Posts: 351; Member since: Jun 12, 2012

sorry man i can't hold my laught

28. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

actually they can still use nokia maps with turn-by-turn navigation via m.maps.nokia.com nokia knows that they are really superior in mapping solution.. but hope that apple will solve this stupid problem soon and i mean now!!!

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