Users who have made the leap to Apple's iOS 6 either through software update or the new iPhone 5 have found out the hard way that Apple's new Maps service has been anything but useful compared to trusty ol' Google Maps it really wanted to replace. On the bright side, it's literally lead to a whole new world in the palm of your hands. Apple has finally broken silence with CEO Tim Cook issuing an apology over the buggy state (to say the least) of the iOS Maps service, and a promise that the company will make things right:
To our customers,
At Apple, we strive to make world-class products that deliver the best experience possible to our customers. With the launch of our new Maps last week, we fell short on this commitment. We are extremely sorry for the frustration this has caused our customers and we are doing everything we can to make Maps better.
We launched Maps initially with the first version of iOS. As time progressed, we wanted to provide our customers with even better Maps including features such as turn-by-turn directions, voice integration, Flyover and vector-based maps. In order to do this, we had to create a new version of Maps from the ground up.
There are already more than 100 million iOS devices using the new Apple Maps, with more and more joining us every day. In just over a week, iOS users with the new Maps have already searched for nearly half a billion locations. The more our customers use our Maps the better it will get and we greatly appreciate all of the feedback we have received from you.
While we’re improving Maps, you can try alternatives by downloading map apps from the App Store like Bing, MapQuest and Waze, or use Google or Nokia maps by going to their websites and creating an icon on your home screen to their web app.
Everything we do at Apple is aimed at making our products the best in the world. We know that you expect that from us, and we will keep working non-stop until Maps lives up to the same incredibly high standard.
So not only an apology, but a less-than-subtle recommendation of competing services in the meantime, including Google Maps! To be sure, it's really not that hard to get Google Maps back onto iOS 6: just hit the mobile version of the site and download the app.
(Image Source: The Amazing iOS 6 Maps)