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Survey: Most Users Have No Problem With iOS 6 Maps

Posted in iOS, News on 10/10/2012 by J. Glenn Künzler

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iOS 6 Maps is a horrifying, embarrassing, disaster of an app that leads people off of bridges and cliffs, right? Sure it is – just ask any of the dozens of “me too” doomsday journalists who want everyone to think so! Unfortunately, those problems don’t actually seem to live up to their hideous reputation to the people that actually matter: the users.

According to a survey survey from Mike Blumenthal (via AppAdvice), conducted using the Google Consumer Surveys tool, most users don’t consider the iOS maps “problems” to be a significant issue. Over half of the respondents thought iOS 6 Maps isn’t a step down at all, while another 23% felt the app was “good enough,” despite having a few issues.

While the survey only covers 168 people, the results are interesting – and well in line with what I’ve found when discussing the iOS 6 Maps app with people who have actually used it. There are a small number of seemingly major errors in the app – but Apple is quickly correcting the inaccuracies, and in reality, only a very small number of people are actually affected by Apple’s young and unrefined Maps data.

The survey also found that Maps tends to be more useful in urban areas than rural areas and small towns, which makes sense, considering that cities with more people are providing more feedback. All in all, the survey speaks to something I’ve been saying from the beginning: The iOS 6 Maps app is nowhere near as bad as alarmist media would have you believe.



  • Me

    Can we please get the freaking exit numbers on major highways and interstates like Google maps? That’s the only complaint I have.

  • jaysonwhelpley

    There’s definitely a step back in some areas. When I asked for a specific address that was a digit off (356 as opposed to 357) it returned nothing. Now, the address doesn’t exist (though 358 and 354 does), it wouldn’t even give an estimate.

    • http://MacTrast.com J. Glenn Kunzler

      Sure, there’s a step back – Google’s had a decade to work on their Maps app. Apple’s had 2 years at most (considering the timing of their map-related acquisitions).

  • Brad

    I live in Las Vegas. When it tells me a shoe store is 16 miles from where it ACTUALLY is, that’s pretty bad.

  • http://www.facebook.com/scousins Stephen Cousins

    I live in Worthing, UK and the satellite data is appalling and totally unusable for this area.

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  • Linn 9000

    First, are these 168 people in the USA?
    Second, they must be lunatics if half of them think that Maps isn’t a step down.
    Third, EVERY area local to me (in the UK) is incorrectly labelled, and not one of (the many) error reports I’ve submitted has been acted upon.
    Fourth, do you work for Apple?

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J. Glenn Künzler

Glenn is Managing Editor at MacTrast, and has been using a Mac since he bought his first MacBook Pro in 2006. Now he's up to his neck in Apple, and owns an old iBook, a 2012 iMac with an extra Thunderbolt display for good measure, a 4th-generation iPad, an iPad mini, 2 iPhones, and a Mac Mini that lives at the neighbor's house. He lives in a small town in Utah, enjoys bacon more than you can possibly imagine, and is severely addicted to pie.