Apple’s Messy Maps And How To Fix Them

Editors Note: This is a guest post by Walter Deleon, a web enthusiast and writer who loves all things design and technology. He also is a professed Apple and type fan who enjoys spending his days surfing the interwebs and battling monsters.

iOS 6 is barely a day old at the time of writing this article. Yet amid the slight mishaps that come with any company trying to push out a new OS update (eg: Wifi verification errors for a handful of users), perhaps the biggest folly of Apple’s has been the myriad of errors threaded in the new stock Maps App.

Condemnation of the new default Maps app was swift and fierce. The lack of transit directions irked many. So did the lack of right building identifications and directions. And the cringeworthy graphics woven onto to certain areas perhaps got the most laughs on the Internet.

There’s no doubting the folks over at Google are loving this misstep. With the low key anodyne comment response to the media’s questions:

We believe Google Maps are the most comprehensive, accurate and easy-to-use maps in the world. Our goal is to make Google Maps available to everyone who wants to use it, regardless of device, browser, or operating system.

It cannot be without being said that the new Apple Maps is a beautiful app, the detail and sharpness of some 3-D buildings and imagery rival Google Earth. And there can be no going wrong in the turn-by-turn directions that are provided by GPS industry leader TomTom.

It is indeed perplexing that Apple bought three mapping companies to make this transition from Google maps to their own alternative happen, and has had years to refine it. Yet Apple has seemed to let go the trust that it’s users have in it, to make products that just work.

Perhaps a little wicked karma came to Apple’s doorstep today. After all, a small kerfuffle was made after Apple dissed Google Maps, an app that lived on the iPhone and iPad since day one. Now it seems, the floodgates have opened for a rebuttal.

Take Back Google Maps

If you’d like to return to the arms of Google Maps, the easiest thing to do is to fire up Mobile Safari and head over to Google Maps.

After loading the page, Google will ask you if you’d like to add an icon for it to your home screen. And if it doesn’t, at any time you can go over to the share sheets icon on your browser’s bar and tap on the “Add to home screen” icon.

Google will slap its own icon on your home screen, which personally looks great. And although a Google Maps app for ios seems to be in the works. This appears to be the quickest way to use Google Maps on your iOS device right now.

Additionally, if features aren’t an issue and you’re into mere aesthetics, beautiful watercolor, toner, and many more overlays are available for free at And a free app called “OpenMaps” for iOS allows you to bring those layers to whatever device you’re on.

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