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Apple Acknowledges iOS 6 Maps Failure, Hiring New Devs

By - Source: Appleinsider | B 43 comments

Apple hopes to fill numerous positions for iOS software engineers to help improve maps application.

Last week, just a few days prior to the official iPhone 5 release date, Apple released its iOS 6 into the wild, bringing with it a highly criticized maps application. When the company initially announced it would drop Google Maps and YouTube from iOS 6, users were concerned Apple's replacement maps application wouldn't compare to Google's refined app. Unfortunately for them, their worst fears came true.

While the app does work, it is plagued with poor directions, erroneous map data, strange visual glitches and a lack of a Street View-like feature. It didn't take long before parody twitter accounts and dedicated tumblr blogs were made to poke fun at Apple's lackluster app. In response to the criticism, Apple told AllthingsD "We appreciate all of the customer feedback and are working hard to make the customer experience even better."

Apparently, the company wasn't lying and has been actively trying to recruit new developers for its maps application. According to multiple new job listings on Apple's corporate page, the company is seeking several software engineers to help improve the overall maps experience. Though we'd agree building a maps application from the ground up is no easy task, it is still surprising to see Apple's maps application launch with so many obvious flaws.

 

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    L0tus , September 25, 2012 8:26 AM
    Too little too late. Google's had swarms of devs working on its app for years. The notion that Apple can surpass let alone catch up is fantasy.

    Apple sacrificed the user-experience for corporate revenge and an insatiable appetite for control. Crap company and now a crappy phone to go with.
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    iamtheking123 , September 25, 2012 9:22 AM
    First rule of software engineering - don't reinvent the wheel. Google Maps does the job and does it flawlessly so Apple is just wasting time and money here.
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    house70 , September 25, 2012 11:22 AM
    jaydub3423It's not a bug, it's a feature!Or, in the words of the late S. Jobs: You're using it wrong!!

    Nah, Apple will start changing the face of the Earth to make it look like their maps...
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    ashinms , September 25, 2012 7:30 AM
    God, crippled is getting so much media attention right now. Makes me sick.
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    Chipi , September 25, 2012 7:36 AM
    Tuan Maiit is still surprising to see Apple's maps application launch with so many obvious flaws

    You're funny! :) 
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    Anonymous , September 25, 2012 7:55 AM
    Apple is only admitting this to more quickly recruit some software engineers from their legion of drones and get the problem fixed. Once they're satisfied, they'll start suing the blogs for hosting "copyrighted Apple intellectual property" and strongarming news sites like this one into removing any articles that mentioned it, and just like that it will have never happened. The Dems and the Reps got nothing on Apple's PR goons...
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    the3dsgeek , September 25, 2012 8:01 AM
    i still don't understand how this abomination passed testing in the first place (if they did it)
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    L0tus , September 25, 2012 8:26 AM
    Too little too late. Google's had swarms of devs working on its app for years. The notion that Apple can surpass let alone catch up is fantasy.

    Apple sacrificed the user-experience for corporate revenge and an insatiable appetite for control. Crap company and now a crappy phone to go with.
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    Anonymous , September 25, 2012 9:05 AM
    It's not a bug, it's a feature!
    Or, in the words of the late S. Jobs: You're using it wrong!!
  • 15 Hide
    back_by_demand , September 25, 2012 9:17 AM
    They should have kept the existing maps program then rolled it out when it was ready with an update, this is unforgivable.
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    Anonymous , September 25, 2012 9:17 AM
    they should at least draw a show direction line to tell me where to start climbing? update the feature please.....
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    halcyon , September 25, 2012 9:20 AM
    I no longer have an iPhone but can you no longer GET Google Maps for the iPhone? If you can I'd just use it until Apple's offering is respectable.
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    iamtheking123 , September 25, 2012 9:22 AM
    First rule of software engineering - don't reinvent the wheel. Google Maps does the job and does it flawlessly so Apple is just wasting time and money here.
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    freggo , September 25, 2012 9:28 AM
    List of Apple mistakes...

    Apple Newton MessagePad
    Apple TV under construction since 2007
    Apple USB Mouse
    Macintosh clones
    Copland OS
    Macintosh Performa series
    Macintosh Portable
    Pippin
    Power Mac G4 Cube
    PowerBook Duo series
    eWorld
    Ping

    And now for #13... Apple Maps :-)
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    halcyon , September 25, 2012 9:35 AM
    freggoList of Apple mistakes...Apple Newton MessagePadApple TV under construction since 2007Apple USB MouseMacintosh clonesCopland OSMacintosh Performa seriesMacintosh PortablePippin Power Mac G4 CubePowerBook Duo serieseWorldPing And now for #13... Apple Maps :-)

    I can't argue that. We all make mistakes...let's hope Apple learns from this one.
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    dthx , September 25, 2012 10:04 AM
    The Apple maps exhibit exactly the same flaws as Google maps a few years ago... Not surprising and from a technical point of view, perfectly understandable.
    But when you charge 1,5x times the price of similar competitor phone for your product, you have to deliver the best experience. Choosing an inferior solution at the expense of your fellow customers just to (try) to throw a competitor out of the race is totaly unacceptable!
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    house70 , September 25, 2012 11:21 AM
    "We appreciate all of the customer feedback and are working hard to make the customer experience even better."
    As if it was any good right now...
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    house70 , September 25, 2012 11:22 AM
    jaydub3423It's not a bug, it's a feature!Or, in the words of the late S. Jobs: You're using it wrong!!

    Nah, Apple will start changing the face of the Earth to make it look like their maps...
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    teh_chem , September 25, 2012 12:33 PM
    I haven't used it (no devices that will run iOS6), but from the numerous stories I've heard, the problems, while obviously absurd, don't seem to impact a majority of iOS device users, and apparently in most metropolitan areas, directions work just fine. But some of the more-rural areas have issues--heard recently that a tiny farm in some rural part of France or the UK was labeled as a major airport...lol!

    But it's still perplexing why apple would intentionally release a product with such obvious flaws. I know the "if Steve Jobs were alive" comments are getting very very old, but it has some validity vs. how the company got as far as it has--after reading the SJ biography, you get some bit of insight into what was not okay, and a "mostly-working" product was never acceptable, and one with obvious flaws was usually canned.
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    Anonymous , September 25, 2012 12:54 PM
    It is pretty simple: As Aplle booted out Jobs the first time they nearly got bankrupt due to their mistakes. When Jobs came back he made the company to what it is now. Now Jobs was booted out from life and Apple will decline again.
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