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A Walk With iOS 6 Maps: Apple's Horribly Revamped App Does New York

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What can Apple's problem child tell us about the world's most valuable company?

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MINYANVILLE ORIGINAL Okay, so it's been well-documented that the Maps app for Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) iOS 6 is terrible. After Apple removed Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) maps system and inserted its own in the latest update to the mobile operating system, public outcry has reached comical levels-as have Apple's errors.

The east side of Portland, Oregon, has become a nature park; all the rivers have been removed from Belgrade, Serbia; and Kevin Rathbun Steak House has opened a new location in the middle of the outfield at the Atlanta Braves' home stadium. Even better, many cities in the Czech Republic have reverted to their old pre-World War II names.

But how bad could iOS 6 Maps really be for most day-to-day tasks?

When I moved to New York, I needed that app just to make it home. Could I do the same thing with the updated version? In order to determine the answer, I left the Minyanville office Wednesday morning equipped with a MetroCard and an iPhone 4, ready to push a piece of software to its very limits. What I found was pretty interesting, and it says a lot about the future of Apple-among other companies.

As I started out, I checked the map. It placed me a block or so away from where I actually was, but I figured that was forgivable. Avenue blocks are short, so the total error was only about twenty yards. It was Yom Kippur, but I decided to break my fast early, so I searched for "breakfast near Union Square."



"I guess I'll be a good Jew today, then," I thought, walking past a good half-dozen breakfast places whose existence iOS 6 Maps flatly denied.
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