The technology behind maps has undergone a serious overall in the last few years. The days of carrying those awkward, foldaway paper maps around foreign cities have been replaced with a slew of GPSs and apps that let just about anyone with a smartphone act like a regular Jacques Cartier. And with more than half of all smartphone owners using their phones when they travel, the entry of a new contender in the mobile mapping business is big news indeed.
On Wednesday, Apple released iOS 6, the latest operating-system upgrade to its iPads, iPhones and iPod Touches in Canada. The latest software bump brings in a bunch of fancy bells and whistles, but one of the features making waves was the announcement of iOS6 Maps.
Prior to iOS 6's release, iOS 5 users were using a mapping app based off Google's map system. That's now gone, replaced by a system Apple built from the ground up using data from GPS maker Tom Tom, along with other sources. The 3D mapping features are pretty, but their accuracy is raising users' eyebrows.
Critics has been quick to point out iOS 6 Map's shortcomings -- lack of details, dull black and white maps sometimes obscured by grey clouds -- but probably the most disappointing shortcoming for a traveller (heck, anyone just trying to get from A to B) are with the maps' accuracy.
How bad are these screw-ups? Well, check out the gallery below on how iOS 6 handles big travel landmarks and let us know in the comment section below.
iOS 6 Map Fails