Crappy Maps on iOS?
By Michael Mulvey on September 19, 2012 11:56 AM
I've been hearing a lot of good things about the new iPhone and iOS 6. I was originally planning on upgrading my iPhone 4 in a month or two, but I don't like what Anil Dash is saying about Maps:
The classic criticism that thoughtless Apple haters use against the company is that it makes products that are pretty but dumb. Usually those criticisms are by people who don't understand the value of a comprehensible Human Experience, frustrated by the reality that many people will eagerly trade the open-ended technologies of competitors for the simple and satisfying experience that Apple provides.
But this time, they're right: Apple's made a new product that actually is pretty but dumb. Worse, they've used their platform dominance to privilege their own app over a competitor's offering, even though it's a worse experience for users. This is the new Maps in iOS 6.
I use maps a lot. I used them a lot living in Manhattan and I use them a lot living in LA. Apple needs to step it up real quick on this.
I definitely won't be upgrading my current iPhone to iOS 6. I don't feel like being a guinea pig on this.