Let’s face it, Maps has been a major letdown, and people are extremely unhappy about the new app. Apple has responded to criticism, releasing a statement saying:
“Customers around the world are upgrading to iOS 6 with over 200 new features including Apple Maps, our first map service. We are excited to offer this service with innovative new features like Flyover and Siri integration, and free turn by turn navigation. We launched this new map service knowing that it is a major initiative and we are just getting started with it. We are continuously improving it, and as Maps is a cloud-based solution, the more people use it, the better it will get. We’re also working with developers to integrate some of the amazing transit apps in the App Store into iOS Maps. We appreciate all of the customer feedback and are working hard to make the customer experience even better.”
In other words, it’ll get better, they promise.
This has caused a surge in people downloading other apps (I’ve personally grabbed a handful more to try and get transit routing back), but what we’re all waiting on is for the official Google Maps app. Last night, 9to5Mac released a report saying that Google has an app waiting approval. The supremely well connected Jim Dalrymple has simply said “Nope.” on that matter — to which 9to5 responded:
Update: Jim Dalrymple says “nope”. While this is clearly from Apple, it is a matter of semantics. Google has the app ready and Apple has seen it.
I’m just hoping that the Google version hits sooner rather than later.