So as I sit here, awaiting the arrival of my iPhone 5, reading the internet and plethora of websites that are complaining about the Apple Maps app in iOS 6, I’m blown away by the shear amount of people who are complaining about the service before they even have access to it. Granted, the beta has been out for a while, but I seriously doubt that many of these comment “trolls” have even used it. So it begs the questions, are people (not the reviewers and industry experts) mad and upset at the new Mapping system in iOS 6 because the media has told them be or do they have a legitimate beef.
Let’s face it, the media loves making a mountain out of mole hill. I watched Brian Williams—who I really like, especially his guest shots on 30 Rock—report that the iPhone isn’t as good because it has a different connector??? Seriously, his report states that because “some” people may have to buy new accessories or an adapter, that it some how effects how great the phone actually is… unbelievable. So that brings me back to my question, are all these people bitching about Apple’s maps mad because they’ve actually used it or are they in a fury because the media has riled them up?
I’m sure there are a heavy percentage on both sides, but I’ve used the maps app by Apple and aside from some bugs and quirks, it’s really not that bad. I used the turn-by-turn navigation, which worked flawlessly. I’ve found restaurants via the maps apps and looked up pictures via Yelp. Again, aside from a few miss placed locations, my overall experience hasn’t been nearly as bad as the media has made it out to be. I think within the next three months, we’ll see Apple begin to overall the maps with updates. For those who can’t wait it out, maybe Google will satisfy them with a Google Maps app for iOS.
Tell me what you think? Is the media partly to blame for Apple Maps backlash?