One of important bug exists in iOS 6 (as well as iPhone 5 because it runs iOS 6) is the bad performance of Apple’s native maps app. Since the iOS 6 was launched, alongside the new Apple maps, it was plagued with negative reviewers and side comments. It rained rants and piercing taunts on the side of the fruit company. Ever since the release, users have been complaining and pointing out numerous errors. Now, Apple CEO Tim Cook has posted a letter to customers on the Apple’s website, apologizing for the user experience, and even pointing to some alternatives.
In a letter posted on Apple’s website, Tim Cook said:
At Apple, we strive to make world-class products that deliver the best experience possible to our customers. With the launch of our new Maps last week, we fell short on this commitment.
It is good they know they messed up. And that’s part of the industry. Products receive good and bad reviews. But what would be the solution for the current problem? To give an answer to that question, Tim Cook said, “You can try alternatives by downloading map apps from the App Store like Bing, MapQuest and Waze, or use Google or Nokia maps by going to their websites and creating an icon on your home screen to their Web app.” So far, we see that Google Maps service is the best one. It comes just days after former Google chairman Eric Schmidt publicly announced that Google isn’t working on its own mapping application for the iOS 6 platform, despite a series of rumours suggesting otherwise. However, users can experience Google Maps on iOS 6 by either installing maps.google.com to their homescreen via Safari, or through an app called Maps+ which is, essentially, Google Maps for iOS 5 with a different user interface and feature set.
The native Google Maps app comes with a powerful set of its own features as well. You can set location-based alarms, see what people are tweeting around you, and even share / open links to bookmarked places, alarms and routes.
If you read between the lines, it appears that they were really serious, accepted the fact they mess up the new maps and took a whole new turn from Google to Bing and other alternatives mapping services.