Google has lead me astray a few times but I still have faith in it. After what Apple maps did confusing us on a rather straight path, I am not so sure. I can only imagine what would happen on a dark, rainy night in an unfamiliar area!
Nor minimum. I was in Atlantic City a few weekends ago. We we walking along the boardwalk & wanted to get some fried Oreos. We were pretty sure the shop was on the bdwalk but we followed Apple maps. It made us walk off of the bdwalk, go in a complete circle, to get back on the bdwalk 2 blocks down.
@Alan "(can you imagine Apple as a country?!)" You know, there are fanboys -- I mean people -- who would imagine it as a dream rather than a nightmare. I can't locate it now, though I recall a video that mocked that mindset with someone who kept saying wistfully, "If ony Apple made coffee/glasses/everything"
If they didn't know, they were stupid, and Apple isn't a stupid company.
They went ahead with maps they knew were inferior because they needed to ship iOS 6 on time, and maps were integral to the OS. Maps just couldn't be removed because it is integrated into other applications. Apple needs to control as much as it can (can you imagine Apple as a country?!) and hates Google. It had to ship maps.
There have been a lot of discussions about whether Apple knew the map data was inaccuate. It seems as if it did. According to articles, such as from CNET, developers began complaining about the data in early June when they began using the pre-release version of iOS 6.
Are the inaccuracies because of the map data from TomTom or because Apple's application doesn't effectively interpret the data? TomTom says its data is excellent. I assume it's the underlying TomTom data, but I'm not a digital cartographer.
Inaccurate maps are a huge problem because they are embedded into many applications. For example, many e-commerce apps use location to transmit coupons. This is especially important for the more "micro" apps that use geo-fencing to transmit coupons and other offers when a consumer is in the targeted area that's for example, 500 feet from a store.
Even if the GPS is accurate, it would be laughable if the map showed a location that's different. You're standing in front of Starbucks, but Apple Maps shows you're standing in a lake! Of course, inaccurate location is a problem for many workers in vertical markets, such as couriers and taxi drivers, who use iOS devices are their primary navigation system.
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