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iPhone Users In An Uproar Over Horrendous Apple Maps App

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There’s an ugly little blemish on Apple’s cream-of-the-crop. And its name is Apple Maps.

The new mapping application on Apple’s recently-released iOS 6 has fallen under harsh criticism for, to put it simply, being a really bad app. Complaints have been pouring in from all over the U.S., as well as other countries,  reporting that the app could not locate or gave the incorrect location of local businesses, restaurants, and even airports and train stations.

Apple is often criticized for valuing form over function by enthusiasts who avidly support rival companies. Those who use Apple products argue that they function quite well, but this is an instance where the naysayers are correct. Apple’s new Maps application is absolutely gorgeous but in terms of performance, it takes multiple giant leaps backwards compared to Google Maps.

In my own testing over the past few months, I have found the new Maps app to be remarkably frustrating and after a while I avoided it at all costs. I would check back in from time to time to see if any notable improvements had been made, but each time I checked I was met with disappointment.

Put plainly, Apple’s Maps app just isn’t smart. A search performed just a few days ago for a restaurant I was standing no more than 100 feet away from yielded a result in Kansas. I was in New Jersey at the time. While I’m sure Kansas has terrific Chinese food, Google Maps would have known that serving a result 1,100 miles away probably isn’t as smart as serving a result 100 feet away.

After Wednesday’s hiccup with the iOS site, I had a feeling something worse would happen with the iOS. And it seems I was right. This app is absolute garbage. I’m hoping that Apple was just pressed for time and had to throw it on there even though it wasn’t ready yet, because I simply can’t imagine them being that ignorant as to how bad this app is. It makes me wonder what other “surprises” are in store for the iPhone 5 and the iOS 6.

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