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Apple rapidly updating data, 3D graphics in iOS 6 Maps

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.

by MacNN Staff



  1. PJL500

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    Joined: 06-18-11

    Finally - the Statue of Liberty in 3D. All is forgiven.

  1. Pixelsmack

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    Joined: 10-21-10

    How about fixing iPad dropping WiFi for no reason during the middle of the night and only allowing LTE until the user switches wifi off then on?

  1. Spheric Harlot

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    Joined: 11-07-99

    Originally Posted by PixelsmackView Post

    How about fixing iPad dropping WiFi for no reason during the middle of the night and only allowing LTE until the user switches wifi off then on?

    I'm not sure the maps team would be better assigned to that bug. It might not be their area of expertise.

  1. que_ball

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    All the problems I reported are still there.

  1. Tanker10a

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    They could have extended the Google Maps license for one more year while declaring this Map version as a Beta use while obtaining feedbacks from it. Use the same approach as they did with the release of SIRI...

  1. Spheric Harlot

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    No, they could not.

    Extending the contract would have meant agreeing to Googles terms, which was the whole point of ditching them in the first place.

  1. SierraDragon

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    Joined: 03-22-04

    What Spheric said. Obviously YMMV but iOS5 intentionally-crippled-by-Google Google Maps are broken and badly needed fixing.

    I have said this before, but iOS 5 Google Maps:

    - No vector graphics

    - No turn-by-turn

    - Often difficult to read text

    - Route numbers often made illegible by the street lines

    - On my iPhone 4s choppy and slow compared to Apple Maps on iOS6

    iOS6 Apple Maps were a very necessary upgrade. One of Apple's main competitors Google was keeping a core function of iOS two years behind Android Maps and allegedly was demanding even more control in future licensing agreements. Apple had to build its own maps, and iOS6 was the time to do it even if it was a bit unfinished. It was time.

    Adding a strong competitor to the Google-monopolized maps space is good for everyone, including Google users. Folks piling on Apple as if Apple is somehow harming someone by introducing Apple Maps just fail to get it.

    As an actual 4s/iOS5--->4s/iOS6 user I will state unequivocally that iOS6 Apple Maps are a great improvement over the lamed Google Maps in iOS5. Seldom do I jump into a .0 upgrade of anything, but I updated to iOS6 on day 1 and consider iOS6 excellent - especially the Apple Maps!

  1. iChick

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    Joined: 09-18-01

    Hmmm. Hoover Dam still looks like an amusement park ride. :

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