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Ouch: London Underground Pokes Fun at iOS 6 Maps Users

By - Source: via Pocket-Lint | B 34 comments

That's gotta sting.

Before the iPhone 5 launched today, Apple's iOS 6 enjoyed its own launch. The update went live on Wednesday and iOS users have been updating their devices over the last few days. One of the most notable changed that iOS 6 brings is Apple's own proprietary maps application. The company announced plans to ditch Google's mapping solution back in June and this week, users got their first taste of Apple's maps app. The verdict? It kind of sucks.

If that sounds too harsh, take a gander at the Tumblr account that's been set up to document the errors and bugs plaguing Apple's iOS 6 maps. Even the folks working at the London Underground's Hackney Wick Station in east London couldn't resist making light of the situation. Photos currently doing the rounds on Twitter show a sign on display at the train station that reads, "For the benefit of passengers using Apple iOS 6, local area maps are available from the booking office."

A quick search on Twitter shows that Ben Mathis, also known as @binny_UK, was the man behind the sign and tweeted the original photo. As far as the awfulness of iOS 6's maps application is concerned, Apple said in a statement yesterday that it will get better with time and use.

"We launched this new map service knowing it is a major initiative and that we are just getting started with it," the company told AllThingsD. "Maps is a cloud-based solution and the more people use it, the better it will get."

Right now, the latest rumors say that Google's prepping its own version of Google Maps for iOS 6. Google hasn't confirmed or denied the rumors but we imagine a lot of users would be happy to go back to Google Maps if given the chance.

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    svdb , September 21, 2012 8:09 PM
    "...the more people use it, the better it will get." ...
    And the more beers you drink, the prettier that girl looks. :/ 
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    victorious 3930k , September 21, 2012 7:54 PM
    HAHAHA!
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    blazorthon , September 21, 2012 7:59 PM
    Nice try, Apple, but you'll have to do better than that.
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  • 29 Hide
    victorious 3930k , September 21, 2012 7:54 PM
    HAHAHA!
  • 21 Hide
    blazorthon , September 21, 2012 7:59 PM
    Nice try, Apple, but you'll have to do better than that.
  • 37 Hide
    svdb , September 21, 2012 8:09 PM
    "...the more people use it, the better it will get." ...
    And the more beers you drink, the prettier that girl looks. :/ 
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    TopMark , September 21, 2012 8:09 PM
    London is the top Apple troll. HAHA
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    stormblade42 , September 21, 2012 8:10 PM
    LOL Pretty funny!

    If you want to use Google maps after the update, you can go to the Google website and go to Maps. It'll prompt you if you want to place a desktop icon for the web app. I've used it and it works well.
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    darkchazz , September 21, 2012 8:14 PM
    LMFAO! nice one!! xD

    Funny thing the day after iPhone5 announcement I was arguing with a friend of mine, who happens to be a diehard apple fan, about the device.
    I brought up the fact that apple dropped the use of google's apps, and his reply was that "it's great because now apple is bigger than google".
    yea he was also brainwashed that the small holy "retina" display is simply better because you can use the device with one hand.
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    house70 , September 21, 2012 8:15 PM
    stormblade42LOL Pretty funny!If you want to use Google maps after the update, you can go to the Google website and go to Maps. It'll prompt you if you want to place a desktop icon for the web app. I've used it and it works well.

    Yep, 2007- style. Welcome to progress, the Apple way!
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    house70 , September 21, 2012 8:16 PM
    darkchazzLMFAO! nice one!! xDFunny thing the day after iPhone5 announcement I was arguing with a friend of mine, who happens to be a diehard apple fan, about the device.I brought up the fact that apple dropped the use of google's apps, and his reply was that "it's great because now apple is bigger than google".yea he was also brainwashed that the small holy "retina" display is simply better because you can use the device with one hand.

    That friend must have the smallest hands ever...
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    zorky9 , September 21, 2012 8:16 PM
    "Maps is a cloud-based solution and the more people use it, the better it will get."

    Why would more people use it if it sucks big time? Apple's forcing you to improve their product for them. Lazy.
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    srap , September 21, 2012 8:33 PM
    zorky9"Maps is a cloud-based solution and the more people use it, the better it will get."Why would more people use it if it sucks big time? Apple's forcing you to improve their product for them. Lazy.

    You are forgetting who we are talking about. The legendary Apple Blind Hordes.
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    cookoy , September 21, 2012 8:34 PM
    Apple won't admit they can fail or do anything wrong. So just avoid going to the wrong places which do not conform to iOS maps and you'd be fine.
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    milktea , September 21, 2012 8:36 PM
    People pay a premium for Apple product, and involuntary asked to beta test their mess. I really do admire Apple how they are able pull this off on so many people. What kind of spells do Apple cast on their products?
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    A Bad Day , September 21, 2012 8:49 PM
    For your information, Apple is doing what ever other software developers are doing:

    Release software, then fix it.

    OR:

    Release software, then abandon it (Big rigs over the road racing)
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    freggo , September 21, 2012 8:59 PM
    zorky9"Maps is a cloud-based solution and the more people use it, the better it will get."Why would more people use it if it sucks big time? Apple's forcing you to improve their product for them. Lazy.


    Sheep Sourcing to keep the costs down :-)
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    kronos_cornelius , September 21, 2012 9:51 PM
    This just shows Apple's business model is failing. They want to do it all themselves, no partnerships, and keep all the money. Guess what? Google/Motorola, Samsung, Nvidia, HTC, Acer, Asus, Sony and many other can do a lot more work a lot quicker than Apple can by itself.

    They are just starting to trip trying to go as fast as Android is going. Apple makes good software, but their arrogance and lack of collaboration makes them look like they are going slower than the Android army. NONE of the features in iPhone 5 are lacking in the Galaxy S III and other top-of-the-line Android devices and the gap will just keep widening.

    Apple just depends on keeping its users hostage because they have invested in apps, music, and books. Well, if they just had paid attention to their geek friend !
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    f-14 , September 21, 2012 10:16 PM
    Quote:
    Apple just depends on keeping its users hostage because they have invested in apps, music, and books. Well, if they just had paid attention to their geek friend !


    don't bother, stupid people belong with their own kind, it also cuts down on having to fix any of their mess as you can claim " iCrap is beneath your abilities and an insult to ask you to fix " " omg that stuff is made to be idiot proof and you broke it?! " " only less than 1% of the world uses iCrap and apple patents prohibit you from fixing that and or you do not know how "
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    s3anister , September 21, 2012 10:53 PM
    Quote:
    "We launched this new map service knowing it is a major initiative and that we are just getting started with it," the company told AllThingsD. "Maps is a cloud-based solution and the more people use it, the better it will get."

    Sounds like something Blizzard would say about Diablo III.
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    ckleuser , September 21, 2012 11:30 PM
    Mind the Gap!!!
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