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Why is everyone so obsessed with picking faults with Apple’s new maps on the iPhone?

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Because this is actually a really big deal. For a lot of people (especially those who live in a big city like London or New York) the maps app is one of the most-used apps on their phone. The new iOS maps are a huge regression, not just in terms of map quality but also in terms of search results. On iOS 6 (at least here in the UK) you can’t even type in a simple address and trust that your phone will show you a pin in the right place.

It’s big news because thousands of people are upgrading their devices and discovering that a feature that used to be excellent and essential on a day-to-day basis is now decidedly sub-par.

This is Why is everyone so obsessed with picking faults with Apple’s new maps on the iPhone? by Simon Willison, posted on 20th September 2012.

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