Apple Maps: An iOS 6 Letdown (Update 2)
Apple is using search data from Yelp (YELP) , TomTom and others for its new Maps application, and it's abundantly clear that their troves of data and information are nowhere near as extensive as Google's.
The Cupertino, Calif.-based company has made a few gaffes recently, most notably its decision to lay off Apple Store staff, only to reverse this decision. Apple products, however, haven't had too many problems.
Perhaps the shortcomings in Apple Maps are a sign that Steve Jobs is not around. Apple typically doesn't make mistakes with hardware or software, so this is something to keep an eye on.
Stephen Beck, the founder and managing partner of cg42, believes Apple may have indeed have a crisis on its hands with Apple maps. "When you combine the shortcomings of this release with Apple's recent focus on legal battles with key competitors, it causes one to believe that they have indeed lost their way,' Beck said in an email.
Even with the criticism of the new Apple Maps, though, iOS 6 is being well received, by and large. The New York Times columnist David Pogue told consumers to download the new operating system, despite the problems with the mapping app.
One Facebook user noted that they "loved" the new operating system. "I like that when I'm busy I can ignore a call and still send out a text. "I also love that I can set my alarm to my favorite jams as well as the overall look and feel."
TheStreet's James Rogers was generally impressed with iOS 6 during the iPhone 5 event last week.