With the launch of iPhone 5 and iOS 6, Apple also introduced its own mapping and navigation system – Apple Maps, touted as “the most beautiful, powerful mapping service ever.” That, of course, is a slightly misleading presentation, since iOS 6 users have quickly discovered that Apple Maps comes with serious accuracy problems, and faulty 3D views. TechCrunch has a video that explains what happened.
Today, Apple CEO Tim Cook has officially apologized for the problem, saying:
“We fell short on this commitment. We are extremely sorry for the frustration this has caused our customers and we are doing everything we can to make Maps better.”
Until Apple improves the service, Tim Cook suggests iOS 6 users to “try alternatives”, including map applications from Microsoft (Bing), MapQuest and Waze, or web apps for Google’s and Nokia’s maps. Well, it’s good to see Apple admitting that others can do things better.
Despite the Maps fiasco, the iPhone 5 is selling well – 5 million units have been sold in the first week-end.
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