Originally Posted by anantksundaram
Not even trivial. Maps in iOS 6 are demonstrably better than Maps in earlier versions.
iOS 6 Maps currently provides:
Schematic maps that provide a variety of detail dependent upon the zoom level such that the interface isn't cluttered and important details are more visible with larger text and greater emphasis (probably the most under appreciated aspect of Maps)
2D Mercator-variant projection with (at higher zoom levels) and without 3D projection with approximately 20 zoom levels of the entire (readily-navigable globe)
2D aerial and satellite imagery of the entire globe (Space Oblique Mercator projection)
3D aerial and satellite imagery superimposed on a digital elevation model providing a 360-degree panoramic overhead oblique view including a low level "bird's eye view" (Space Oblique Mercator-variant projection)
Voice guided turn-by-turn navigation with dynamic routing
More than 100 million listed points of interest (25% more than Google)
Yelp! integration often with contact information, hours and images of the point of interest
Multi-modal navigation (e.g. pedestrian and public transportation routes) provided by third party developers opening a wide variety of possible solutions
Every projection misrepresents the surface of the Earth in some way. Since all projections can show one or more but not all of the following; the greater the number of projections the greater the ability of the user to discern their location (although larger numbers of projections become increasingly confusing at an exponential rate); true direction, true distance, true areas, true shape.
Dead reckoning is a wholly unreliable method given that the average global positioning system (GPS) user is not trained in the technique. For the purposes of modern living, satellite navigation is vastly superior; any methods to supplement the satellite navigation model only increase navigation accuracy. Furthermore, given the limitations of 360-degree panoramic "street level" views of the entire surface of the planet which is entirely impractical versus aerial and satellite photography the superiority of the later becomes manifest.
I further submit that Apple has intentionally decided to not include multimodal navigation (e.g. pedestrian and public transportation routes) to appease otherwise upset partners who previously provided a navigation service for Apple products that many users may determine is no longer necessary. Such reasoning could apply to street level views as well as other expected high-end features and functions. In fact, this type of third party development is what Android-based smartphone users tout all the time then comment that "Apple doesn't do xxx" when, in fact, Apple does virtually the same things via third party apps.Edited by MacBook Pro - 6/29/12 at 3:23pm