Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Apple Inc.(NASDAQ:AAPL)’s Developers had warned about Glitches in Maps App

Developers who had tested out the beta versions of Apple Inc.(NASDAQ:AAPL)’s Maps App said that they had warned Apple about the glitches in the software via developer forums but the company and its employees had ignored all warnings.

The first beta version of the maligned mapping app came out on June 2012.

“I posted at least one doomsayer rant after each (developer) beta, and I wasn’t alone,” one developer told CNET.

“The mood amongst the developers seemed to be that the maps were so shockingly bad that reporting individual problems was futile. What was needed wasn’t so much an interface for reporting a single point as incorrect, but for selecting an entire region and saying ‘all of this — it’s wrong.’”

The Apple maps, which replaces Google Maps in Apple's new operating system iOS6, has been the subject for much discussion and hilarity, all at its expense.

When it was initially released the maps were throwing up wrong data while directions were erroneous. However recent reports suggest that the company is slowly and painstakingly trying to rectify the errors in the mapping software.

The developers told CNET that the issues, which users have had to suffer, were well documented among the developer community.

“During the beta period I filed bug reports with Apple’s Radar system (notorious for being ignored), posted on the forums several times, and e-mailed multiple people within Apple’s MapKit team to voice our concerns,” said another developer.

Surprisingly none of the Apple employees, who the developers were in touch with, seem to have done anything to fix the problems.

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