Apple is manning up and seemingly taking more ownership over the criticism being received for its new mapping software in their recent iOS 6 update. Critics say the software is less accurate than its predecessor, Google Maps.
“We own this; we manage the vendors. This is no one’s issue but ours,” an unnamed Apple executive tells The New York Times today, which adds that the company has promises to “pour as much time and manpower into repairing Maps as it takes.”
In the article, the Time makes note that “well over 99 percent” of the feature’s data set is accurate.
The executive’s statements come on the heels of a statement the company put out last week:
Customers around the world are upgrading to iOS 6 with over 200 new features including Apple Maps, our first map service. We are excited to offer this service with innovative new features like Flyover and Siri integration, and free turn by turn navigation. We launched this new map service knowing that it is a major initiative and we are just getting started with it. We are continuously improving it, and as Maps is a cloud-based solution, the more people use it, the better it will get. We’re also working with developers to integrate some of the amazing transit apps in the App Store into iOS Maps. We appreciate all of the customer feedback and are working hard to make the customer experience even better.
Apple debuted its maps technology at its annual developers conference in June, and shipped it as part of iOS 6 last week. While visually impressive, many users have found the app to be inaccurate when compared to offerings from other companies.