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Apple Maps breaks the UK (and possibly other places too)

Apple Maps breaks the UK (and possibly other places too)

Apple’s iOS 6 roll-out last night is already causing a bit of hubbub, as punters around Blighty get up in arms about the inaccuracy of the new Maps application.

The replacement for Google Maps as the default mapping solution on iDevices is having a tough time placing businesses at their actual locations, while many places are being discovered hilariously misspelt, such as ‘Westminister’, ‘Upper Halloway’ and ‘Shepard's Bush’ in London.

Making matters worse is that often very prominent locations, namely Leicester Square and Elephant and Castle, don’t even show on the map unless you zoom in really close.

The results are sure to be embarrassing for the iGiant, possibly leading to a PR disaster on an Antennagate scale. It raises questions whether the decision to displace Google Maps was a wise one considering it already did such a fine job.

Apple Maps screenshot London

Sure, there is free, turn-by-turn navigation, but what good is that if the location is likely to be placed a mile away? The 3D Flyover feature is a neat addition, but in London it covers maybe an area smaller than zone 1.

Apple users have already taken to forums and Twitter to voice their dismay, with many calling on Google to release its Maps app as a standalone download. Although the search giant hasn’t specifically said that it would, it did hint there might be a Google Maps app in the works.

“We believe Google Maps are the most comprehensive, accurate and easy-to-use maps in the world. Our goal is to make Google Maps available to everyone who wants to use it, regardless of device, browser, or operating system,” it said in a statement.

For now, if you’re really desperate to use Google Maps on your iOS 6-toting iPhone, head over to on Safari, give permission to use your location, tap the share button and then ‘Add to Home Screen’ to create a shortcut on the app launcher.

Have you had any issues with the new Apple Maps app? Let us know in the comments section below.

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