The iOS 6 Review: Maps Thoroughly Investigated and Moreby Brian Klug & Saumitra Bhagwat on September 19, 2012 2:21 PM EST
By this point, we’re all familiar with Apple’s revised release cadence for iOS and iOS devices. Introduce a new iOS release at WWDC, beta test it through to the Fall event, and release it alongside the next iOS device. This year is no different with iOS 6 and the iPhone 5.
A lot has happened in the mobile OS space in the past few months; and with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and Windows Phone 8, the competition is really heating up. At this point however, all major mobile OSes have pretty mature feature set; notifications, copy/paste, multitasking and so on have all been implemented and checked off the list. The focus is now slowly shifting towards re-evaluating basic usage scenarios and implementing small tweaks and UI enhancements that improve the end-user experience.
For the most part, iOS 6 seems to focus on these smaller tweaks and under-the-hood refinements to build on iOS 5 and improve the end-user experience. There’s no way around saying it, iOS 6 is an evolution rather than revolution of the iOS platform. Today, iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch make up a significant portion of Apple’s revenue, and as a result moving the platform along is more of a question of minimizing friction points rather than completely reinventing the OS. iOS 6 does exactly that, and builds on the platform with a number of noteworthy new features and UI changes. Let’s see what’s changed.
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tipoo - Wednesday, September 19, 2012 - linkPretty sure the 4S is faster than the 4 :)
Ryan Smith - Wednesday, September 19, 2012 - linkI'm assuming you must be referring to the SunSpider results? In that case lower is better, so everything looks correct here.
tipoo - Wednesday, September 19, 2012 - linkI think they were changed, when I looked last the 4 had lower Sunspider and higher Browsermark scores, and it also had N/A beside the other two, now the 4S has the N/A and better scores.
Henk Poley - Wednesday, September 19, 2012 - linkRelated, I consistently get a Sunspider 0.9.1 score of about 3000 +/- 1% on my iPhone 4 GSM. Typo? 33.. instead of 30.. ?
dsumanik - Thursday, September 20, 2012 - linkblah blah
The new maps suck...they are a significant step down, in dataset AND functionality.
Users in the US might ALMOST get the same experience but everywhere else on the planet got screwed.
There are spelling errors, missing roads, improperly labeled cities and for the most part, significantly less detailed maps.
I live in a very remote community, in northern canada...there is a GOOGLE STREET VIEW picture of my house and street.
There is no way Apple will ever come up here to offer the same level of detail...im simply in too small of a market.
There isnt even color photos of my town.
Jobs would never have let this slide until it was competitive... right now it simply is inferior in every single way.
mrgulabull - Wednesday, September 19, 2012 - linkThe "trouble building" you mention actually looks like that. It's the Walt Disney Concert Hall. If anything I'd say the 3d model is remarkably good.
Here's an aerial shot from Google Maps
ratte - Wednesday, September 19, 2012 - linkIt's the building above that (the Dorothy Chandler pavillion) that looks bad
Brian Klug - Wednesday, September 19, 2012 - linkOH wow, ok, well that's interesting... Fixing now.
nathanddrews - Thursday, September 20, 2012 - linkIf you had seen the "Get Smart" movie, you would know. :P
rd_nest - Wednesday, September 19, 2012 - linkSeriously, whatever I have seen so far, Apple maps are absolute failure in India. It's actually pathetic in terms of actual data. Forget about features, they simply don't have data. It's so bad that I can't even think why they should launch iOS 6 here? Comparison with google maps?? just forget it.. and all those fancy 3D flyover, well probably by 2025 if we are lucky..