Here, in case you’ve been wondering why Apple shipped buggy iOS Maps… Come on, you knew this was coming. I’d bet my shirt that Conan O’Brien will be next to diss Apple’s crappy maps. Can you say Mapgate?

Oh, and CounterNotions has an amusing FAQ on Apple Maps.

More Apple-related Joy of Tech comics right here.

I also like this tweet.


By the way, Google Maps is not a be-all-end-all navigation solution.

Matter of fact, Nokia Maps drives circles around Apple and Google.

If you can’t get enough of Mapgate, check out our archive of related articles.

[via GeekCulture]

  • Timothy Do

    “You’re holding it the right way, but you’re looking it at the wrong way…”

  • Maps works just fine for me on my new iPhone 5! No device is perfect but apple sure comes close begin the perfect phone.

  • Frank

    Hahaha… So funny, I still love Apple but they suck right now:( Just saying

    • * Maps sucks

      • @dongiuj

        Nope, he’s right. Apple sucks right now.

      • New amazing iPhone comes out and they suck because of a Maps app? Most people never even use the Maps app! Ignorance is bliss!

      • @dongiuj

        If you’re replying to my comment, you need to rewrite your comment. I wasn’t just talking about the maps app. The person above me mentioned the maps app, not me.

      • Thorasgard

        Really? Show some evidence. Maps is a core service of smartphone

      • Thomas

        Haha. No offense but you fanboys are too much! First when the iOS6 was released, everyone jumps to joy because Apple has entered the maps industry and as Zilbreg put it that time, “nuked Google out”. Then when actually the new iPhone and iOS6 is released and the maps app didn’t actually nuke Google but instead self-exploded, you say no one really use the Maps app.

  • smh. well at least the verizon versions are unlocked…

  • Honestly I think they should have left Maps off iOS 6, called it what it is (iOS 5.5), and released the iPhone 5 with iOS 5.5, and then when Maps is ready, release it with the real iOS 6. It’d have given them time to fix it, get it working extremely well, and then have the iPhone 5S have the new Maps app and the “real” iOS 6.

    • And even more $$ thanks to the simple plan leading to the 5S. You are a genius!

      • Kurt

        I wonder what iphone5S will look like. Hmmm? Revolutionary for sure with a reSolutionary screen of course.

      • The “S” are always minor upgrades, never big ones.

      • Kurt

        is that why “S” stands for “same”?

  • SoCoMagNuM

    ive heard good things of it when in iOS 6 beta stage…what the hell happened?

    • Kevin Holzendorf

      It works just fine for me. Turn by turn, Siri, 3D and everything.

      • Kurt

        I guess we now know who works at Apple

    • Falk M.

      Expectations were lower because it was still in beta. 🙂

  • They should’ve ditched the native Maps app just like what they did to the native YouTube app and just let third parties pitch in like Navigon, Garmin, TomTom, etc. This way, Apple is out of all this maps fiasco conundrum.

    • alexanderlyd

      well- a bit late fro that now…. thye have already invested millions in building their own maps…

  • Javier Gore

    Apple screwed up by taking drastic and poor thought out measures such as getting rid of Google presence in iOS as a result of the revenge for the safari privacy scandal. A successful company has to know its weakness and limitations while at the same time recognizing other company’s strengths. Should apple have done this in the first place, they would have taken proper measures to progressively getting rid of google maps instead of facing this scandal.
    I think Apple was way too arrogant to believe they could lead the mapping industry from night to day.

    • @dongiuj

      You nailed it. Apple IS way too arrogant.

      • Kurt

        Little kids who work in their stores are officially called Geniouses. Arrogant enough?

    • Ilir Ivezaj

      they have a shitload of money, and just one day decided, fuck google, and bought 3 mapping companies

    • Apple’s contract with Google ran out numb nuts! And do you know what? Good on Apple giving maps a go! I like the current maps much better than Google. Some people should learn a bit of patience and give Apple a bit more than a week to upgrade. If you don’t like it then go download the app! People need to stop complaining!

      • Kurt

        Why do dumb people talk as if they know everything. Sophomoric little girl. YouTube app and maps app sucked because apple made them. Now google is in charge the YouTube app is great. Plus apple could have resigned the contract. Idiot. No more posting for you

      • I apologize if that’s how I came across to you, I can assure you that that was not what I was attempting to achieve. I was, however attempting to express my opinion and I am highly entitled to that. If you are willing to have a civilized discussion with me (ie not calling me a “Sophomoric little girl”) I would be more than happy to apply.

      • Stop complaining! When you pay some hundreds bucks for a device believe me, you certainly have the right to complaint if it does not work! Switching to sg3 now

      • Complaining? Sir, you clearly haven’t read my comment right. And I don’t know what you mean by ”
        When you pay some hundreds bucks for a device”, because that’s exactly what I do.

      • Complaining? Sir, you clearly haven’t read my comment right. And I don’t know what you mean by ”
        When you pay some hundreds bucks for a device”, because that’s exactly what I do.

      • That contract was for YouTube. They still had a few years left for Maps.

  • google maps started the same way just give apple a chance everyone, they need millions of users to use there maps in order to improve there database, not just a couple thousand developers

  • J M

    While I understand the accuracy of some locations is abysmal and totally unacceptable from apple, not to mention the removal and crippling of transit directions…I have to say that after using the new maps app today, I at least really like the redesign!

    Certainly, the functionality/accuracy is key in something so critical as a mapping application, but in apple style I think the design is well executed. It is and continues to be a bad move on them for releasing it with such hindered accuracy and data though.

  • shinx2ran

    this is the major factor for me to not jump into ios 6. maps is very important to me, without Jobs , looks like they are going to make imperfect improvement

  • Actually it seems like people are dubbing it the “Mapocalypse” though…!? 😉

  • It’s really not that bad. I am actually really glad we finally have an amazing turn-by-turn GPS application with the iPhone 5. I used it today and it worked really great. The search results were pretty bad though, but for that I’ll just use Google on Safari and tap to open it in the Maps application.

    • Kurt

      “it’s really not that bad. I love being told to go the wrong city. It’s fun to be iLost”

      • Pretty sure you can check beforehand what city the results take you to. As I said, the search results sucked.

  • They purposely leave major iOS releases with few but easily resolvable bugs in case jailbreak devs find exploits so they can release another patch 2 weeks later and force them to restore.

  • I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one talking how bad the iOS 6 maps look, hey but really apples gotta fix this problem A.S.A.P because the Samsung and google people are going to find a weak spot where they can really hurt the new apple ios 6 and lure people to buy an android ios cell phone or tablet. So anyone from apple reading this, gotta get it together and fix this big problem

  • Didn’t realize the map problem was this bad. Wow!!!! This is one bad apple app….

  • Some places look like there was an earthquake.

  • Maybe it’s because I’m not in a big city but iOS 6 Maps has been fine for me…….. Turn by turn anyway. Also, why aren’t we calling it “NaviGate” It just makes sense, no??

  • nima

    i bet you people imaps will even get better then google maps after a few months!

  • It has taken Google Maps 7 years to become what it is today. When it was first introduced, it was in beta for 6 months. I am not happy with Apple’s map, but I believe with some time it will become a great app.