Ouch: London Underground Pokes Fun at iOS 6 Maps Users
That's gotta sting.
Before the iPhone 5 launched today, Apple's iOS 6 enjoyed its own launch. The update went live on Wednesday and iOS users have been updating their devices over the last few days. One of the most notable changed that iOS 6 brings is Apple's own proprietary maps application. The company announced plans to ditch Google's mapping solution back in June and this week, users got their first taste of Apple's maps app. The verdict? It kind of sucks.
If that sounds too harsh, take a gander at the Tumblr account that's been set up to document the errors and bugs plaguing Apple's iOS 6 maps. Even the folks working at the London Underground's Hackney Wick Station in east London couldn't resist making light of the situation. Photos currently doing the rounds on Twitter show a sign on display at the train station that reads, "For the benefit of passengers using Apple iOS 6, local area maps are available from the booking office."
A quick search on Twitter shows that Ben Mathis, also known as @binny_UK, was the man behind the sign and tweeted the original photo. As far as the awfulness of iOS 6's maps application is concerned, Apple said in a statement yesterday that it will get better with time and use.
"We launched this new map service knowing it is a major initiative and that we are just getting started with it," the company told AllThingsD. "Maps is a cloud-based solution and the more people use it, the better it will get."
Right now, the latest rumors say that Google's prepping its own version of Google Maps for iOS 6. Google hasn't confirmed or denied the rumors but we imagine a lot of users would be happy to go back to Google Maps if given the chance.