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Topic: Maps

Apple reportedly knew of iOS Maps troubles well before launch

10/09/2012, 07:10 pm

Six iOS app developers claim they warned Apple of inadequacies found in iOS Maps shortly after receiving the first pre-release version in June, giving the company months of lead time to fix the apparent problems before the app debuted in iOS 6.


In-depth Review: Apple's iOS 6 Maps & the alternatives 2: Maps and visualizations

10/08/2012, 08:10 pm

The first feature of Apple's new Maps is perhaps its strongest: its presentation of 2D and 3D road maps and satellite images. This is a major leap over how the previous iOS 5 Maps work, although there are still reasons you might want to consult other iOS apps for map information.


Apple improving 3D Flyover visuals in iOS 6 Maps

10/05/2012, 02:10 pm

This week Apple began quietly enhancing the 3D Flyover feature of its new iOS 6 Maps application, giving users updated images with more accurate recreations.


Apple's new iOS 6 Maps support automatic offline use for a wide area

10/05/2012, 12:10 am

Vector maps in iOS 6 are so efficient that Apple can cache a very large surrounding area for offline browsing and GPS navigation when traveling outside of WiFi or mobile data coverage.


In-depth Review: Apple's iOS 6 Maps & the alternatives

10/03/2012, 01:10 pm

Apple's new Maps service in iOS 6 isn't the only option for obtaining maps, directions, traffic information, local search and area visualizations. Here's a look at how it and various third party mapping options for iOS users compare.


Apple reportedly tasks retail employees with highlighting iOS 6 Maps errors

10/03/2012, 09:10 am

Store managers at Apple's retail locations are said to have begun asking employees to report errors in the mapping database in iOS 6.


Apple new Maps app hints company could extend service to Mac, PC browsers

10/01/2012, 11:10 am

Sharing a link from Apple's new Maps application in iOS 6 automatically forwards Mac and PC users to Google Maps, but the origin URL of "" hints that Apple Maps could come to non-iOS devices in the future and compete with Google Maps on a wider scale.


Revised Apple website no longer calls iOS 6 Maps most 'powerful'

09/30/2012, 02:09 pm

In the wake of criticism over its Maps application for iOS 6, Apple has revised its website to no longer refer to the software as the most "powerful mapping service ever."


NYT: iOS Maps another internet services blunder for Apple

09/29/2012, 03:09 am

A New York Times report on Friday says Apple's new iOS Maps app and corresponding service is another casualty of the company's lack of focus in offering reliable internet-based services, and reveals the original iPhone wasn't planned to have mapping software until mere weeks before its debut.


Consumer Reports compares iOS 6 Maps directions to Google's Android Maps

09/28/2012, 04:09 pm

Consumer Reports pitted Apple's new Maps against Google's Android Maps in a "showdown" to see which provides better navigation features.


Apple highlights third-party mapping applications in iOS App Store

09/28/2012, 01:09 pm

A new featured link on the iOS App Store invites users to "Find maps for your iPhone," and lists a number of paid and free alternatives to Apple's own Maps application in iOS 6.


Google Maps adds new 45-degree satellite imagery to take on Apple's Flyover

09/28/2012, 11:09 am

As Apple apologized on Friday for subpar performance of its new iOS 6 Maps application, Google introduced a new feature that competes with Apple's Flyover: 45-degree satellite images.


Apple CEO Tim Cook apologizes to customers for Maps in iOS 6

09/28/2012, 09:09 am

Apple on Friday published an open letter to customers on behalf of CEO Tim Cook, who formally apologized for Apple's new Maps in iOS 6 and "the frustration this has caused our customers."


Google's "iLost" Motorola ad faked an address to "lose" iOS 6 Maps

09/27/2012, 02:09 pm

Google's Motorola Mobility subsidiary went looking for an address that didn't actually exist in an effort to artificially portray Apple's new iOS 6 Maps as deficient.


Street View functionality coming to Google Maps web app in two weeks, report says

09/26/2012, 07:09 pm

In yet another article regarding Apple's bemoaned iOS Maps, The New York Times claims that Google will be adding Street View functionality to its web app in as little as two weeks, giving iOS 6 users access to the exclusive Google Maps feature.


How Google was "skyhooked" by Apple's new iOS 6 Maps

09/26/2012, 05:09 pm

Apple's surprise decision to launch its own Maps service in iOS 6 caught Google off guard in the same manner that Google turned the tables on Skyhook Wireless just two years ago.


Disagreements over turn-by-turn directions prompted Apple to ditch Google Maps

09/26/2012, 04:09 pm

Apple's decision to abandon Google Maps with iOS 6 and implement its own mapping solution was reportedly driven by a disagreement between Apple and Google over turn-by-turn navigation.


Apple reportedly waived one year of Google Maps contract in switch to iOS Maps [u]

09/25/2012, 07:09 pm

A report on Tuesday claims Apple had over one year left on its contract with Google Maps when it made the decision to replace the app with a proprietary solution, leaving the internet search giant with little time to develop a standalone version capable of running on iOS 6.


Ridiculed in the West, Apple's iOS 6 Maps are instead praised in China

09/25/2012, 03:09 pm

While many around the world have slammed Apple's new mapping software in iOS 6, the company has built a special version of Maps for China that has been praised as a "huge improvement over Google Maps," though it lacks some new features due to Chinese laws.


Steve Wozniak says Apple Maps disappointing but issues not severe

09/25/2012, 06:09 am

Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak said on Monday that he was "disappointed" with Apple's new Maps app in iOS 6, however noted the severity of issues reported by critics and users is questionable.