Friday, September 21, 2012

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) ‘Getting Started’ With Maps While Critics Call New Map App ‘Dumb’

A week prior to Apple Inc.(NASDAQ:AAPL) developers conference in which it was expected to declare the latest version of mobile OS, Google was bothered about what would be the case if its map service is replaced by that of Apple’s itself. Google had even held an event to remind everyone of all the hard work and effort it has put into the field.

Looks like Google has no reasons to worry about. Apple’s latest offering, the new Maps app, one of the 200 new features, has received a number of negative remarks like ‘dumb’, ‘awful’ and ‘unusably bad’. The web is filled with discussions and feedback from users. The incorrect directions, lack of local transit data and deplorable search results have contributed to the bad image of Apple’s Maps. Images on Apple’s Maps show distorted images. These have resulted in creation and circulation of parodies, slideshows and much more across the web.

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Blogger Anil Dash said that many a time thoughtless Apple haters criticize the company by saying that the products it makes are pretty but dumb. More often than not, such criticisms come from people, who do not understand the value of a logical user experience. However, this one time, the criticisms are right. The company has made matters worse by using their platform dominance to benefit its own app over a rival’s offering.

In the previous versions of iOS that powers the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch, Apple had offered its own Maps app with data taken from Google. In iOS 6, the firm decided to drop Google Maps and create a new app.

Although Apple bought three mapping companies in the last 3 year, reviewers and users are blaming the company for replacing Google with an Apple app that appears to be more of a beta version than a final release. 

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