iOS 6's Map app "Flyover" Function (Photo : Apple)
Now that iOS 6 has been released, it's fair game for critics to tear apart and analyze. Thankfully for Apple's new OS, reviews have been largely favorable and a consensus has found that iOS 6 is a quality refinement of prior versions with a few undercooked features, such as the Maps app. Latinos Post has compiled the most common criticisms of iOS 6 from respectable online review sources for our readers' informative reading pleasure.
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If you're a longtime fan of iOS, you'll find yourself in the middle of a mental debate. You may be slightly disappointed that iOS 6 isn't a revolutionary update; with the exception of the new Maps and Passbook, there aren't many major feature changes or revisions that will leave you eagerly counting down the time it takes to download and install the update. With iOS 6, Apple seems to be more focused on refining the overall user experience than debuting significant new feature additions. On the other hand, it's still an improvement over iOS 5. But let's face it -- this won't be a difficult decision to make. Indeed, there's very little reason not to hit the upgrade button.
This is pretty much a known weakness of iOS 6 at this point, but it's going to affect those who depend on public transit most of all. Walking and driving directions are actually still pretty solid in Apple's Maps offering, and turn-by-turn navigation works well, albeit at a heavy cost to battery (generally standalone GPS units spend most of their lives plugged in, so this isn't a huge deal). There are reportedly third-party apps on the way to shore up the gap in public transit, and Yelp points-of-interest are useful, but for users coming from Google Maps (lack of street view hurts as much as anything else) either on iOS, or worse, on Android devices, it's going to be a step back.
But the search results [in the app store], which come up one at a time on iPhone and four at a time on iPad, are not a step forward for discovery. I can see the logic: present one good result with ample context as to why it was returned, with the idea being that quality beats volume. But in practice, it makes looking for apps with some, but not an exact idea of what you're looking for, more difficult.
"Many of the new features are similar to what Android phones have had for a long time. Some features won't work on older devices and some popular third-party apps like Google Maps are no longer integrated."
"iOS 6 is a welcome upgrade for any iOS user, but it's not going to completely change the way you use your device. Instead, each of the tweaks here will make many daily smartphone actions easier across the board and offer some relief to those waiting for certain features (sending images from e-mail and call controls, for example). It also brings your device up to date with Mac OS X Mountain Lion, letting you sync your most used content across all of your devices."
"When Apple announced iOS 6 at WWDC in San Francisco in June, the headline feature was the new Maps app. Out went Google maps and in came Apple's own, complete with turn-by-turn navigation and an impressive looking 'flyover' mode."
"The good news is that those features both work well - though in London, at least, 'flyover' is limited to an area smaller than Zone 1 of the Tube map. Unfortunately, in the version I tested, Apple's Maps are missing places such as railway stations and frequently misplace cafes and restaurants, often putting them streets away from their actual locations."
"One location I found is sometimes a florist and at other times a cafe. Occasionally both appear on the map together. Even when they both appear, neither one is in its correct location... As it is, it's disappointing and makes it impossible to recommend Apple Maps for finding local services."