If you’re like me, you had no idea that Google Maps wasn’t going to be available for iOS 6 once you upgraded. Eventually, Apple might just get its shit together, and having two competing mapping services might spur competition, innovation, etc. But for the time being it’s just an inferior app with a gimmicky 3-D button.
Seriously. Don’t gimme no gimmick.
Gimme back mah, Google!
Here’s a cartographer’s take on the whole thing. And, unlike my armchair quarterbacking, this guy actually plays the game–cartographically speaking, that is…
“Perhaps the most egregious error is that Apple’s team relied on quality control by algorithm and not a process partially vetted by informed human analysis. You cannot read about the errors in Apple Maps without realizing that these maps were being visually examined and used for the first time by Apple’s customers and not by Apple’s QC teams. If Apple thought that the results were going to be any different than they are, I would be surprised. Of course, hubris is a powerful emotion.”