When Apple Maps debuted in 2012, it carried with it a fair share of issues that kept it short of its full potential. From incomplete coverage areas to warped street views, it was clear that Apple’s ambitious attempt to become the new king of the mobile app world was very much a work in progress.
Transit directions for select cities (Baltimore, Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Washington in the U.S.) were added to Maps in iOS 9, but the feature is only supported by the iPhone 5 or later, both iPad Air models, the iPad mini 2 or later and the sixth-generation iPod touch. This means the iPhone 4s, iPad 2 and 3 or fifth-generation iPod touch will not give you a transit option in the Maps app.
Many times you will want to look at maps, but you're out in the middle of nowhere and don't have service. Although this feature isn't available for Apple Maps yet, you can save maps on Google Maps and look at them offline. To do this, look up your map in Google Maps, then type "ok map" in the search bar and hit search. This will give you an option to save the map to your places.
The Maps app in iOS 8 has a cool new feature - 3D Flyover tours of select cities, national parks and monuments. So far, Apple lists a little over 90 available tours, but not all of them are actually ready. There are cities you'd expect, like New York, Paris and London, and there are some you wouldn't, like Tulsa and Perugia, Italy. There are also some national parks like Yosemite, and monuments like Stonehenge. The tours also provide labels for points of interest.
Apple's Maps manager Richard Williamson was fired after flaws in the mapping software "hurt" the iPhone 5, according to Bloomberg. Senior Vice President Eddy Cue fired Williamson, who oversaw the Apple Maps development, on Tuesday. Unnamed sources familiar with the matter told Bloomberg Cue is planning to “install a new leadership team” to oversee the Maps application, and is seeking advice from outside mapping-technology experts TomTom NV.
Apple has been criticized for ditching Google Maps for its own inferior mapping software. The Maps debacle didn't hurt iPhone 5 sales, but it did force Apple CEO Tim Cook to issue a rare apology for an Apple product. The Apple Maps mess also prompted Nokia and Google to create rival mapping apps to be used with iOS devices. Nokia's HERE app is already available for download, while Google is expected to unveil its map application in the near future.