Mapplegate Update: Apple Responds To Maps Criticisms
We’ve said a lot today about Maps in the new iOS, pointing out some of the problems users have been noticing, wondering if Google would just drop a new stand-alone Google Maps iOS app for anxious users to switch over to, and even heard Nokia’s views on the situation. For one last Mapplegate update (get it? Because it’s Apple and Maps and… you’ll come around) of the night, we get some comments straight from Apple itself.
If you were expecting some sort of mea culpa, well, you don’t know Apple too well. After all, this is the company that blamed poor reception on how its users were holding their phones. In a statement to All Things D, an Apple spokesperson explained, “we launched this new map service knowing… that we are just getting started with it. Maps is a cloud-based solution and the more people use it, the better it will get.”
OK, so Apple’s hoping that as users point out these problems, Maps will quickly grow into a more polished product. After all, Google takes input from its users, too, right? It’s great that Apple wants to keep making Maps better, but that really doesn’t excuse the half-assed release we saw in iOS 6. Apple users are all about paying a premium for a certain quality experience with their devices; can anyone argue that’s what they got with Maps in iOS 6?