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Thursday, Sep 20, 2012 10:27am
Parties complain about errors in iOS 6 Maps app
Reports are starting to filter in complaining about the quality of iOS 6's mapping data. One of the most significant notes that Ireland's Justice Minister, Alan Shatter, has contacted Apple regarding a mistake with Airfield Park in Dublin. While the landmark is in reality home to gardens, a cafe, and a city farm, Apple has the place marked down as an airport. Google Maps, which Apple abandoned for iOS 6, correctly identifies the location.

Still other people have noted that the new Maps' turn-by-turn directions can sometimes be inaccurate, and that a number of countries lack thorough coverage. An example of the latter can be found in Scotland, where a report observes that areas of the Highlands such as Inverness, Thurso, Tain, Nairn, and Ullapool are all in black-and-white, even though full-color satellite data is used by both Bing and Google Maps. Wick and Dingwall are obscured by clouds, while Elgin and Aviemore are rendered only in low-resolution textures.

Apple has tried to distance itself from Google, owing to animosity towards the latter's Android platform. Google Maps was more comprehensive however, not just in terms of accurate coverage but in terms of features. The replacement app lacks things like an equivalent to Street View, or even any public transit directions; it instead directs people taking buses or trains to integrated third-party apps.