Though a parade of gushing, uncritical reviews have proclaimed the iPhone 5 a device created by gods
that was perfectly hewn from the metal of the ancients
, back on planet earth all is not well within the church of Apple. While some have noticed that the device is easily scratched
, the biggest issue this week was that Apple's mapping software may be currently be the worst in the business. With iOS6 Apple decided to ditch Google maps entirely, instead relying on TomTom for help on their own mapping software.
As this Tumblr created for the spectacular fail attests
, the result has bordered on high comedy, with the software insisting gas stations exist on top of skyscrapers, in addition to distorting or otherwise misplacing numerous locations, towns and cities entirely. TomTom tells The New York Times
they "stand by the quality of our maps," with Apple issuing a statement promising things will get better:
"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."
Nokia of course took the opportunity to proclaim map superiority
, while all of the Android fanboys and Galaxy S3 owners enjoyed a good giggle. Services have long-been Apple's weak spot (oh hi, Ping), and it's easy to wonder if Steve Jobs would have ever let iOS 6 out the door with a map service that thinks Brooklyn is in Manhattan