Californian tech giant revealed its plans to reboot its maps app for iOS 8 when it reportedly launches later this year.
The updated version of Apple Maps will reportedly include public transit directions and will make finding key points of interest, such as airports, bars and other locations, much more easier in iOS 8, which is codenamed Okemo after a Vermont ski resort.
As Design Trend writes, the app will also include data from Apple’s acquisitions BroadMap, Embark and HopStop.
Back in 2012 Apple Inc. unveiled its in-house maps service, designed to replace the Google maps software. Thus, Apple decided to essentially wipe out Google maps from the latest upgrade to the iOS software, on which all iPads and iPhones run.
However, the iPhone maker was immediately criticized over omissions and errors. Users quickly found that several services they used to rely on, as Google’s transit-based directions, were severely limited in the new Apple software.
Which is more, many locations around the world were either populated with inaccurate data about local points of interest, or simply missing.
In one instance, the Hoover Dam is reported to disappear midway across the river. Rendering errors left myriad bridges, roads and runways around the world hopelessly warped, as though they were built in close proximity to a black hole.
In perhaps the most famous blunder, Apple’s new maps service put an empty space where the statue of liberty should be.
“Apple’s Maps app is the worse [sic] piece of software to ever get released from Apple,” wrote one user, a0me, on Apple’s Support Communities forum. “I’m seriously reconsidering purchasing an iPhone 5 because of that single app, as much as it pains me to say it.”
Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook even went public to apologize for failure of a new app.
“At Apple, we strive to make world-class products that deliver the best experience possible to our customers,” he wrote on Apple’s official website at the time.
“With the launch of our new Maps last week, we fell short on this commitment. We are extremely sorry for the frustration this has caused our customers and we are doing everything we can to make Maps better.”
Within the letter, Cook explains that it’s the first version of Maps on iOS, but that “as time progressed, [they] wanted to provide customers with even better Maps including features such as turn-by-turn directions, voice integration, Flyover and vector-based maps.”
“The more our customers use our Maps the better it will get and we greatly appreciate all of the feedback we have received from you,” the CEO encourages Apple users and suggests using other apps:
“While we’re improving Maps, you can try alternatives by downloading map apps from the App Store like Bing, MapQuest and Waze, or use Google or Nokia maps by going to their websites and creating an icon on your home screen to their web app.”