Has Apple’s Maps App Improved in Your Country?

mapsApple’s Maps app launch was marred with widespread criticism from the media and consumers due to the lacklustre points-of-interest (POI) data. The situation was so bad that Tim Cook had to put up a public letter on Apple’s website apologising for the half-baked iOS 6 Maps app and pointing customers to rival Mapping services.

The company has since been working hard on improving Maps data and expanding features like Flyover and 3D buildings to more locations. The Loop has the list of improvements:

In the past few months Apple added flyover support for:

  • Baltimore, MD
  • Providence, RH
  • Portland, ME
  • Cleveland, OH
  • Green Bay, WI
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • Albany, NY
  • Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Cologne, Germany
  • Glasgow, Scotland
  • Buffalo, NY
  • Vancouver, BC
  • Tulsa, OK
  • Hoover Dam
  • Modesto, CA
  • Stockton, CA

The company also expanded Flyover coverage in a number of other cities, including:

  • Portland, OR
  • Boston, MA
  • Houston, TX
  • Stockholm, Sweden
  • Munich, Germany
  • London, England
  • Madrid, Spain
  • Rome, Italy
  • Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Berlin, Germany
  • Lyon, France
  • Birmingham, AL
  • Toronto, ON
  • Barcelona, Spain

Maps has updated 3D buildings for Standard view and Turn-by-turn navigation for:

  • Barcelona, Spain
  • Berlin, Germany
  • Birmingham, England
  • Cologne, Germany
  • Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Dublin, Ireland
  • London, England
  • Lyon, France
  • Manchester, England
  • Milan, Italy
  • Munich, Germany
  • Rome, Italy

Apple also made significant improvements to Maps in Japan and China in these few months and added POI data in a lot of countries all over the world.

While these improvements surely make iOS 6 Maps much better, do you think it’s enough to make it a worthy competitor to Google Maps? Have you seen these improvements?

Via: The Loop

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  • Drusenija

    Interesting Australia isn’t listed in any of those improvements given the coverage a couple of Maps snafus have gotten.

    That being said, on the few occasions I’ve used it I don’t think it’s all that bad, but to be honest, I find myself using the new Google Maps app more often. The new app looks great (much better than the original built in Maps app from <=iOS5) and works well. Of course, for proper turn by turn navigation (albeit not free) that works without internet, Tom Tom's app is very good too.

  • Stan

    Not much updates for Asia though. Still hoping and waiting.

  • Alan

    Frankly, I don’t like either Apple or Google Maps. The inability to use them in offline mode is a pain as in most parking lots (which are mostly in the basement) you can’t use them due to lack of a LTE/3G signal. It’s a major deal breaker for me.

    I use the TomTom app. It doesn’t have the best UI but it just works wherever you are like any Maps app should work.

    • Pacomacman

      Agreed! I’ve never understood why Google maps is so highly rated amongst Android users when for me it is too slow and cumbersome in terms of having to download maps. I use Co-Pilot which works perfectly well and is pretty inexpensive to buy.

    • http://rounak.me/ Rounak Jain

      I’ve heard from a lot of my friends here in India that Nokia’s offline maps kick some serious ass. Apparently, Nokia phones are even able to handle rerouting while offline.

  • AL

    Just empty space and blue pulsing pin in the middle of nowhere in my region (Nalchik, Russia)

  • http://www.facebook.com/richpav Rich Pav

    The maps for Tokyo look very crisp, there are many more points of interest, and more roads have been mapped. But it seems like it’s still just as likely as before to send you in the wrong direction, and there are still mislabeled buildings. Thank god Google released their own map app.

  • Ashton

    I have to say I have never seen the hype over google maps, in the uk the data is pretty poor and in some instances is also inaccurate. I use the stock apple maps for navigation and its been great across Europe although its struggled in some of the Caribbean countries. All in all a decent effort for a first attempt I’d say.

  • http://profiles.google.com/sebastian.rasch Sebastian Rasch

    It is constantly improving (Ireland) but it’s still a long way to go. Google has still better graphical material and more POIs here.

  • iliveinjapan

    they haven’t updated maps or Siri.

    lazy b*stards.

  • genXhippie

    Nokia Maps (not iOS’s app) is still the best imo. It ‘s totally free, including fully downloadable maps (offline) and voiced guided (walk and drive).

  • kosi

    In Trinidad & Tobago The Maps Dont work good

  • http://www.facebook.com/mihai.barbu.948 Mihai Barbu

    NO, it’s crap. I use Google Maps. Apple maps suck. i wish i could delete them.

  • Klasniedryg

    I still dont see “exit” #’s for the highways. Thats the biggest dealbreaker for me. I dont use the 3D cities view that much to complain about it.