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iOS 6 Maps is an application packaged with Apple’s iOS 6 publicly released on September 19th, 2012. Due to the amount of errors in the app, many iPhone users began posting screenshots of the faulty application or creating parodies of it, criticizing the way locations are displayed.
Rumors of an in-house designed Maps application to replace Google Maps in Apple’s iPhone operating system first appeared on the Mac-related news site 9 to 5 Mac on May 11th, 2012. The new Maps application was officially announced in June 2012 at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference, where it was also revealed that the app would be powered by the navigation data service TomTom. Shortly after the conference, YouTuber MyJailbreakMovies provided an early look at the new application with a video titled “iOS 6: Maps.”
iOS 6 was released to the public on September 19th, 2012, following the release of iPhone 5. That same day, Twitter users began complaining about the lack of public transportation integration and visible distortion of well-known landmarks in the application with the hashtag #ios6pocalypse.
On the day of the release, Gizmodo, the Huffington Post and Read Write Web all posted about the dismal reception of the map. That evening, the parody account @iOS6maps was created on Twitter to interact with people’s complaints and the single topic Tumblr blog The Amazing iOS 6 Maps was launched to showcase screenshots of the contorted maps found across the web.
Over the next two days, coverage of the application’s poor reception appeared on many news media outlets and technology blogs including The Verge, Yahoo! News, Fox News, CNET, Forbes, PC Mag and CNN. A lengthy discussion on the comparison of iOS 6 Maps and Google Maps appeared on the /r/Android subreddit. Additionally, a handful of small Facebook fan pages were created to criticize the Maps application. Between September 19th and 20th, there were nearly 104,000 mentions of “iOS 6 maps” on Twitter.
On September 21st, Apple spokesperson Trudy Miller released a statement calling the app “a work in progress.” She also noted that the company is working on integrating transit directions into the app, but did not address the complaints regarding the distorted 3D imageries of landmarks. The statement was picked up by PC Mag, the Huffington Post and Techcrunch later that same day. Apple then went on a hiring spree in order to begin work on fixing the incomplete app. On September 28th, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook issued a formal apology in a rare statement from the executive team, saying that he was “extremely sorry” for the frustration the iOS6 Maps application has caused and suggesting its users to resort to alternative apps for navigation
While we’re improving Maps, 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.
Read Write Web – Apple’s iOS 6 Maps App Falls Short In Early Reviews