Apple was aware of serious Maps issues right from the start

Apple was aware of serious Maps issues right from the startOne the reasons the Apple Maps fiasco has generated such publicity is that the decision to green light a product so obviously flawed is completely unlike Apple, a company known for its high standards and rigorous quality control.

The most popular theory is that Apple let its desire to snub Google by developing its own mapping software get the better of it, and it's a theory that's only likely to gather support with news that as many as six separate developers warned Apple that its own-brew mapping service was badly flawed back in June.

Speaking to CNET on condition of anonymity, the developers revealed they had voiced their concerns over several aspects of the mapping software almost as soon as the first developer beta was made available in June, but that their warnings had for the most part been ignored.

“During the beta period I filed bug reports with Apple’s Radar system (notorious for being ignored), posted on the forums several times, and e-mailed multiple people within Apple’s MapKit team to voice our concerns,” one developer claimed.

“I posted at least one doomsayer rant after each (developer) beta, and I wasn’t alone,” another developer said to the site.

“The mood amongst the developers seemed to be that the maps were so shockingly bad that reporting individual problems was futile. What was needed wasn’t so much an interface for reporting a single point as incorrect, but for selecting an entire region and saying ‘all of this — it’s wrong'.”

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JanSt / MOD  Oct. 11, 2012 at 18:28

Dead horse.
Apparently plenty of folks didn't mind - including Consumer Reports.
If it's a big deal, buy Android or Nokia.
The irony that this was debated to death on Twitter of all sites had me laugh. Twitter killed dozens of good to great 3rd party apps to replace them with one of the worst mobile sites of all time.
Also, the fact that so many folks had to make up map related horror stories...pfft.
I'm not saying the maps are good. But I'm sure one day they will be. Until then NOBODY is forced to buy an iPhone or update to iOS 6. You put up with iTunes, and Foxconn and fixed batteries and memory etc etc etc, but the maps omg?
Sorry, I don't get it.

Pondlife  Oct. 11, 2012 at 23:45

Well you live in the **** end of nowhere and don't go anywhere? So why would you need to worry about maps..

rash  Oct. 12, 2012 at 09:13

Really? The dev guys and their managers and their managers knew the maps were ****?

Wlll that IS bloody news isn't it!

Umm no it is not.

JanSt / MOD  Oct. 12, 2012 at 09:40

Well you live in the **** end of nowhere and don't go anywhere? So why would you need to worry about maps..

Hahaha. true. But my point is: c'mon. This isn't and never was such big news. And of course the devs knew it was rubbish - especially at the start. Gosh, look, at the beginning the app was even worse than later on. What a bomb of newsines! I better say this off the record and queue outside the Ecuadorian embasy. Because I'm a rebel maps whistleblower.
Get on with it. In 2 years time, when the Apple maps are okay (and they will be), those very same devs will put their contribution on the first page of their CVs.


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