There seem to be two mains schools of thought when it comes to Apple Maps in iOS 6. For the technology pundits, Maps is not ready for prime time, riddled with inaccurate locations, and contains a laundry list of problems, hence, Mapsgate.
For the rest of us, Apple Maps seems to work pretty well. It downloads faster. It uses less bandwidth. It caches data better. And it has turn-by-turn driving instructions which are quite good.
It’s true that Apple Maps has a few problems. All maps apps have problems with data because the world is a fast changing place and it’s difficult for maps makers to keep up. Regardless, if you’re having trouble with Maps then Apple recommends a few alternatives.
As a big city dweller, I miss having transit information in Apple Maps, but managed to find and install an even better option in HopStop. Personally, having Google search results in maps has advantages, but those are nullified with other apps, one of which in particular is essential.
If you want to find out what’s going on around you, wherever you are, is there a better addition to your iPhone than Yelp?
This is even better than using Google data in the old Maps app.
Yelp is the go to tool for searches– restaurants, cafes, bars, businesses– whatever you need at the moment. The claim to fame is Yelp’s reviews.
Right at your fingertips are user reviews, special deals, phone numbers, directions, distances,hours of operation, and more.
The iPad version of Yelp mixes the Map data with the listings.
If you live in a location served by OpenTable then Yelp makes it easy to make reservations without using another app. Yelp has user uploaded photos, too, which can be a big help when deciding which place to visit.
The built-in filter gives you options to narrow a search by distance, rating, price, neighborhood and more.
It’s time to end the noise about Apple Maps. Most iPhone and iPad users have no problem with it, and many like it even better than Google’s map data. Where there’s a problem, though, there’s a problem, but I have few doubts Apple is busily addressing those issues.