Originally Posted by vreeland
Wow, I like how the world (including Apple) is saying that the new Maps app is garbage yet AI is in some kind of denial.
Yes, Apples Map app works (most of the time), yes it might have some places where the '3D' rendering is better than Google Earth/Maps... but when you look at the big picture, the Google product has time on its side, almost 9 years of development. Just by that alone, Apple has alot of catching up to do in order to even come close to Google and its Maps app.
Over these 9 years they have developed both a web interface (accessible to everyone via the internet) that integrates with your phone/tablet so there is no need to write down or remember that address. Google has built in an optional location history that tells you where you have been (Google Latitude). Google developed navigation for those who use public transit, those who bike, and for those who walk (not to mention the normal driving navigation). Google has introduced offline maps so you don't need to be connected to the internet to access maps (which is nice for a wi-fi only tablet or a phone that doesn't get the greatest of reception). The Google Street View project has put more than 5 million miles on their fleet of vehicles, that's just shy of 10.5 trips to the moon and back. The list goes on and on...
Maybe Apple Maps will one day be on the same level as Google is now. But as of right now, Apple has taken a large step back in ditching Google Maps and their 9 years of development to introduce this experimental app to their users.
And for the record, I do have both a iPhone 4S (that has been downgraded back to iOS5 after 2 weeks of 6) and a Motorola Droid 4 (on Ice Cream Sandwich/Android 4.0.4) & I use both on a daily basis.
It's just too bad that Google didn't provide most of the things you mention to Apple to use in iOS maps, otherwise we wouldn't even be having this discussion.
Google's solution since 2009, for iOS users if you wanted these things was "go buy an Android handset and you'll get them", not exactly a tenable solution for Apple.
Good riddance to bad rubbish.
People reporting errors give Apple more to work with to fix things, as long as they can filter out false reporting from Google IP's, things are going to be OK.
btw, this icon looks vaguely familiar:-