Lack of Transit Directions an Issue

By Todd R. Weiss  |  Posted 2012-09-21 Print this article Print

Apple Maps is worse in terms of listing points of interest and other map details, he said.

But Hains' biggest beef with the new Maps is the lack of transit directions, he said. "In Tokyo, that's a deal breaker. And third-party apps can never fill that void. To get from point A to point B, you might go via any of 50+ transit companies' lines."

All of that can probably be fixed, he said. "Fortunately for Apple, the ways in which its worse are fixable on the back end. No need to distribute new hardware."

Hains, 36, who works in the software industry, said he "started the parody account for fun. I felt like I was the only one seeing this as a huge mistake. I couldn't have been more wrong."

So would the replacement of Google Maps make him consider a switch to an Android smartphone? "No, I'd rather eat glass," said Hains. "Definitely sticking with iPhone. Absolutely love it. I use all kinds of machines and operating systems. The ones I use by choice are all Apple products."

His new iPhone 5 is on order, he said.

Other similar issues have surfaced for users with Apple Maps, according to published reports.

A story on warned iOS users not to upgrade to iOS6 if they use subways often, because Apple Maps don't yet include subway route services that were available with Google maps. "Apple is relying on third-party developers to build the transit directions/schedules for maps," the story reported.  "If you rely on public transit you should hold off on upgrading to iOS 6 until developers have built transit apps for Apple maps."

The Guardian in London reported that users were experiencing a wide range of Apple maps glitches, including that the Paddington [railway] station had vanished, London had been relocated to Ontario, the Sears Tower in Chicago had shrunk, and Helsinki railway station had been turned into a park." In the Chicago incident, the Apple Map of the Sears Tower, a huge city landmark, points to a much smaller building that is obviously not the Sears Tower. And since 2009, the building has been called "Willis Tower," which also isn't noted in the Apple map.


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