Last week, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook apologized for iOS 6 Maps app in an open letter to customers but promised that the company was doing its very best to make Maps better.
Users have criticized Apple’s Maps app for the lack of public transit information, inaccuracies in Apple’s mapping data, errors in locating points of interest and sometimes weird 3D mapping imagery.
Apple has also tapped its retail store employees to help improve the Maps app by asking them to report errors.
MacRumors reports that some of their forum members are already noticing improvements in Apple’s Maps app:
While improvements have been ongoing, MacRumors forum members yesterday began noticing what appears to be a larger set of additions to the 3D content in the Maps app, including both the satellite/aerial imagery and the standard maps. One region that was among the first to be noticed was the New York City area, with a number of improvements including new 3D imagery of the Statue of Liberty being seen.
We’ve also heard from users who have experienced new Flyover imagery showing up in Honolulu, Hawaii and in the San Fernando Valley in the Los Angeles area. The changes are also affecting the standard vector-based maps as well, with users reporting new 3D buildings showing up in New York City and London.
But it looks like the new imagery hasn’t been rolled out to all users. As we still can’t see the new 3D imagery of the Statue of Liberty seen in the image above.
We’ve also received several tips from our readers that they’ve noticed improvements in the point of interest database in their cities. It is indeed step in the right direction, but Apple has an uphill task of catching up with Google Maps, which has a 7-year head start.
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