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Thursday, September 20, 2012

New Maps app under fire, YouTube replacements, updated Apple apps in iOS 6

Wow, it didn't take long for a flurry of articles to appear regarding the shortcomings of the new Maps app. My initial impression is that it's speedy and useful, and am confident Apple will work out the bugs. But it's clear there's a lot of work to be done. CNET has posted an article documenting some of the many errors in the app: giving the wrong names for cities, leaving out locations, putting locations in the wrong place. Huffington Post even has a list of the 10 funniest fails. There are also complaints that the app doesn't offer all of the features of the original Maps app from Google. An article on PCWorld lists 6 Ways Google Maps Beats Apple iOS 6 Maps, such as the lack of public transit information and Street View, as well as poor traffic information. Google has indicated that it will work on making its app available as a download in the App Store.

Apple has not only given us a couple new apps, but iOS 6 also has major updates for nearly every Apple app. I noticed this right away when I used the Podcasts and Mail apps. AppleInsider has compiled a list of the new or changed features of these apps. You might want to check the list for your favorite apps to see what's new. According to AppleInsider, the following apps were updated: iPhoto, GarageBand, iMovie, Numbers, Keynote, Remote, Podcasts, Find My iPhone, Find My Friends, iTunes Movie Trailers, Cards, AirPort Utility, and iAd Gallery. GarageBand, for example, now lets you create custom ringtones and alerts. Podcasts now lets you sync with other devices via iCloud.

In addition to losing Google's Maps app, we also lost Apple's YouTube app. YouTube has made its own iOS app available for the iPhone, but an iPad version is reportedly months away. Meanwhile, other video discovery apps, such as ShowYou, Squrl, and Vidyou, are enjoying the opportunity for increased exposure. Read more on CNET.

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