Apple has officially commented on the iOS 6 Maps fiasco, which has caused quite the uproar among iPhone and iPad users since it rolled out on Wednesday.
The new Maps app designed by Apple to replace Google Maps as the native mapping solution has been met with scathing criticism by the legions of iFans amid widespread reports of inaccuracies, including misspelt and misplaced locations, the existence of now-defunct businesses and infrastructure and less than impressive satellite imagery that are dated or badly distorted.
The red-faced tech titan has already responded to the disparagers explaining that the service, which is cloud-based, will improve over time as more and more people use it.
"Customers around the world are upgrading to iOS 6 with over 200 new features including Apple Maps, our first map service. We are excited to offer this service with innovative new features like Flyover, turn-by-turn navigation, and Siri integration.
“We launched this new map service knowing it is a major initiative and that we are just getting started with it. Maps is a cloud-based solution and the more people use it, the better it will get. We appreciate all of the customer feedback and are working hard to make the customer experience even better."
Google has already stated it intends to make its maps available to anyone irrespective of platform or device. According to the Guardian, the search giant has reportedly already submitted a standalone Maps app for iOS to Apple and is awaiting approval.
The news will doubtless come as a relief to users who might not yet want to depend on Apple Maps to get them to their destination in one piece. Although there is a chance that Apple might decide not to approve Google’s app for the time being to ensure its own app gets sufficient use to become better as it claims it will.
In the meantime, you can access the web-based version of Google Maps via maps.google.com on Safari and add it as a shortcut to your home screen.