updated 06:41 pm EDT, Fri October 5, 2012
New 3D imagery added to areas like New York, Los Angeles
Apple is moving quickly to fix mistakes in the iOS 6 version of Maps, users say. Several Appleinsider readers comment that the company changed mapping data almost immediately after receiving their complaints. In one example, a person near Auckland, New Zealand says that Apple addressed a problem with a highway exit; in the UK, the company has corrected the location of the town of Uckfield.
Apple is also reportedly adding more standard and satellite-textured 3D graphics to cities. New York, Honolulu, and Los Angeles have all been given extra detail. In New York City, for instance, the Statue of Liberty is now rendered as a fully 3D object, instead of just a flat satellite image. The Brooklyn Bridge, which previous appeared as a warped satellite image, is now shown correctly. CNet points out that the Point Reyes lighthouse, incorrectly pinned in the first version, is now correctly placed.
The corrections come from input from users, including Apple Store employees, who have an easy way of contacting the company to report issues built right into the app. The rapid pace of corrections suggests that users are taking to heart CEO Tim Cook's statement -- issued as part of an apology for the scale of inaccuracies -- that as more customers use the Maps, the service will improve based both on problem reports and regular usage.