Apple’s new Maps application has copped a lot of criticism since its launch in iOS 6, but CNET reports that the criticism started long before the public release of the new mobile OS.
They report that many developers voiced their concerns on Apple’s developer forums, in bug reports, and directly to Apple employees, all of which were responded with a “we’re aware of it” attitude.
Here are what some anonymous developers had to say:
During the beta period I filed bug reports with Apple’s Radar system (notorious for being ignored), posted on the forums several times, and e-mailed multiple people within Apple’s MapKit team to voice our concerns.
I posted at least one doomsayer rant after each (developer) beta, and I wasn’t alone. The mood amongst the developers seemed to be that the maps were so shockingly bad that reporting individual problems was futile. What was needed wasn’t so much an interface for reporting a single point as incorrect, but for selecting an entire region and saying ‘all of this — it’s wrong.’
This has been a frustrating experience for us and we don’t care where the imagery comes from, we just would like our customers to be able to have the same experience within our app when they update from iOS 5 to iOS 6. Instead, the OS upgrade broke some of the features we built within our application despite being told that only the imagery would be swapped out.
If Apple didn’t hear the cries of anguish loud enough back then, they’re surely hearing them loud and clear by now.