Australian police warn against using Apple Maps application
Posted 10 December 2012 - 11:07 AM
Posted 10 December 2012 - 11:20 AM
I haven't had problems either. It isn't perfect and not quite as good as Google Maps, but it ought to improve.
Posted 10 December 2012 - 11:26 AM
Of course Apple should correct the maps, but people have to take some responsibility for looking to see if the directions being given are sensible (that applies to any GPS system).
Posted 10 December 2012 - 12:25 PM
Posted 10 December 2012 - 12:31 PM
The problem in Australia with Apple maps is that towns have a very large locality area of many square kilometres so who ever provided the data has just plonked the the pin in the centre of the area, not in the centre of the town. Back in the day the centre of the town was always the post office, and distances were measured from there and town centres were marked at that post office.
Another problem is roads that don't exist. The data is drawn from government information. Roads are planned, but will never be built. Each rural property has a number of deeds, yet is owned by one person. Between each deed is a gazetted road, it is often on a fence line, often up the side of a cliff. There will never be a road there, just a gazetted road reserve. Mapping software then shows this as a road. Try navigating by this, we have just for fun and the directions, "In 2 hundred metres turn right." Comment in reply, "Not over that cliff."
Don't cane Apple Maps, cane the lazy incompetent government departments that are suppose to maintain the data.
Remember there is no offence of being stupid.
Posted 10 December 2012 - 01:07 PM
I'm beginning to wonder about MacWorld itself in this respect.
Posted 10 December 2012 - 02:03 PM
Posted 10 December 2012 - 03:15 PM
YES! Coincidence: the occurrence of events that happen at the same time by accident but seem to have some connection; also : any of these occurrences. You needing it and it not being accurate had no causal connection.
In addition to not being a coincidence your story is barely anecdotal evidence. The one time you happened to use it it was wrong. There were likely numerous times you were using your garmin when maps would have been right. And there are likely many times when it would have been wrong as well.
And your Garmin cannot have always been right if it is years old. You just have not needed to find new locations. If you had a friend in a new development your garmin wouldn't find the address. My house is two years old and my address still does not appear on google maps. It took them a year to get my street.
The general trend of comments is valid. If a third party had released maps for 99 cents we wouldn't be blogging about it. We expect more from Apple and hold them to a higher standard. They also hurt themselves by overhyping the product.
Final thought for those who lament the loss of google maps on the iPhone: Google was never going to deliver turn by turn to the iPhone. All of thier good data was trapped in a weak app. Maps is a strong app, it just needs the data to drive it. You will be better off in the near future than you were in iOS 5.
Posted 10 December 2012 - 04:06 PM
Posted 10 December 2012 - 06:44 PM