New iOS 6 Map App Plagued with Errors, Critics Contend

(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – A new Apple map app featured in iOS 6 is a step back from the company’s previous reliance on navigation services powered by Google, contended a number of critics recently.

To create its own application, Apple relied on data made available through GPS provider TomTom. However, among notable flaws according to a BBC report, UK towns including Stratford-upon-Avon and Solihull appeared to be missing from the mapping system altogether.

Other criticisms included clouded satellite images that blurred visibility along with incorrect mapping redirections. Meanwhile CNET noted that one Twitter user claimed the application showed “two instances” of the Senkaku Islands (also referred to as the Diaoyu Islands).

iOS 6 arrived yesterday, offering Apple users of devices including the iPhone and iPad an easy software update.

In a statement to the BBC, TomTom defended its involvement in the project, contending it wasn’t responsible for the full experience. “The user experience is determined by adding additional features to the map application such as visual imagery,” commented a representative for the company in the news story. The additional steps were taken by the manufacturer, noted TomTom.

Apple’s iPhone 5 is highly anticipated since its unveiling last Wednesday. It will officially hit the sales market tomorrow.

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