There are two sides to every story and this opinion is no different. Having spent some time using the developer preview and final releases of Apple’s new Maps app, the replacement for Google apps, it is perhaps easy to come to one of two conclusions. The first, and perhaps most obvious, is that the new Maps app is pretty inferior to its predecessor, with less detail and some glossy features, like city fly over, that aren’t much use unless accompanied by Superman-like functionality, or a helicopter. In addition, some of the 3G mapping that Apple has incorporated also looks pretty awful at the moment, and some locations are just missing altogether.
That said, the alternative opinion is that Apple seems to manage to make seemingly innocuous functionality come alive with their touch. By including turn by turn directions in the new app, the company has included a pretty nifty feature that most people will love. In addition, the smooth animations, more responsive feel and anecdotally faster load times can offer a completely different experience from Google Maps.
It’s easy to dismiss the new Maps app, but it should be remembered that it is still in its infancy and that Google has had a hell of lot longer to perfect their Maps application. This is Apple’s first stab and, like all early releases, has areas that need dramatic improvement. Rather than labeling Apple Maps the new Ping, its probably a good idea to wait for a couple of updates and improvements.
Google is probably going to release a Maps app for iOS anyway, so any detractors will likely be perfectly happy in a few months anyway.