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I figured some of you out there might be on the fence about updating to iOS 6 because of all of the back and forth about maps in iOS 6, so here is my experience...

I had planned to upgrade my iPhone 4S to iOS 6 the day it became available, but got busy.  Well as you know then came the flood of complaints screaming about how the new maps app was a downgrade and unusable.  So after this I decided to wait a bit to see how it all shook out.

Since then I kept reading forum posts on MacRumors and AppleInsider, and I would hear the same extremes argued over and over...one person saying how awful maps was and how apple needed to revert back to Google.  And then the other side of the coin saying that they love the new app, turn by turn is awesome, and they had gotten no bad map info so far.

Ultimately, I decided the truth would be somewhere in between and had to see for myself.  To be covered from all angles, I first downloaded the MapQuest app and added google maps and nokia maps pages to my homescreen and decided that if the Apple maps truly sucked for me, I would have a fallback position until it improved.  I am afterall not a poweruser, and I do not use transit info as I am in Austin, TX.  So last night I took the plunge.  The update went smoothly, and I then began testing the new maps.

I have to say I am very pleasantly surprised.  Conceptually, the new app is gorgeous and very ambitious.  It also runs super smooth.  I love the vector mapping, and am so glad Apple chose this.  I admittedly have never been a big street view person, so it's exclusion did not bother me at all.  

To test I started searching for restaurants and stores that my wife and I like, as well as places we go to in Houston when visiting her parents.  Some of these had been there for years, some were very new.  Almost without flaw, Apple maps found all of these places and they were correctly located.  Oddly enough, the only error that I found was that the Apple Store at the Domain in Austin was not there at all.  Everything else I have searched for, I have found to be correct.  I also love flyover.  It is a really cool effect and I can't wait for this to be available for most towns and cities.  I have not yet tried turn by turn, but assume it will be good as many reviewers have noted that this is one of the strong points.

I certainly realize that the new Apple maps app is not perfect, and for some people and parts of the world it may be completely hosed, but for me it has worked extremely well.  I expect it to have flaws and missing or incorrect data, and so I plan to submit trouble reports when I run across issues.  I full well expect some growing pains, but I think this is a really good move for Apple.

As for whether you should update or not, I think it depends on how important maps are to your daily usage needs and how good the map data is in your area.  In my case it works really well. I can't wait to see where Apple takes this, and I'm glad they have made the change.

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Every single person who likes the new maps seems to live in San Francisco, Austin, or some other well-covered urban area populated by tech geeks who have bothered to contribute to OSM. Everywhere else, trust us, it sucks. Bad.
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Actually, even though I had the impression that people in the UK hated the new maps, I heard back on my MacRumors post from a UK man who loves it.  I'm not really sure of the pattern here, but I am guessing it depends on what you use it for.  I agree though that coverage is key.  Houston seems to have good coverage also which works great for me.

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...  I admittedly have never been a big street view person, so it's exclusion did not bother me at all...

 

That's not an exclusion... it was never in the (Google) Maps app on iOS to begin with!

 

... But yeah... I've been trying it out for the past couple weeks and have had no problems ... Houston, Los Angeles, Mexico City and Caracas all did just fine.

 

Turn-by-turn may make it worth the upgrade all by itself!... Another feature that Google didn't seem interested in implementing on iOS with its own Maps app.

 

I guess I see the fly-over stuff as eye-candy... so the messed up interchanges and bridges when viewing flyover don't really affect the usability ... though "looking good" has its place as well.

 

I can remember using Google Maps (desktop) 10+ years ago... it didn't have "all" the POI when it was new either... it does take time to get those databases built up, and I'd be willing to bet that Apple's gets "improved" faster than than Google's did originally. (Granted, Google was the innovator in this area, and therefore had to do "harder" work to get theirs up and running.)

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