Many Apple fans feel lost without their iPhones.
But those lining up to buy the new iPhone 5 Friday may actually get lost if they use the mapping software in Apple’s new iOS 6, released earlier this week for the new iPhone, iPads and the older iPhone 4s.
The Wall Street Journal reports “Apple makes wrong turn as users blast map switch.”
Apple, which had used Google’s mapping software since the launch of the hugely successful iPhone in 2007, decided to chart their own course with the latest mobile operating system.
It seems to have a few bugs.
Technology blog TechRadar says “the sound you hear is Google giggling, a lot.”
A Tumblr blog quickly emerged — The Amazing iOS 6 Maps — that points out a few of the apparent problems.
One map shows Berlin (usually located in Germany), situated at the South Pole. Another shows Monterey, California a few hundred miles inland, which must shock the area’s famed sea lions.
Some user-submitted maps show graphical anomalies such as water that looks like grass, flattened 3D buildings, and jagged topography.
Directions seem to be glitchy as well, with some screenshots showing multiple routes that do not end at the user’s choosen destination.
The good news? Apple has enough money to fix any technological problem, and surely will. And, Google plans to offer a maps app for iOS 6 soon.
Until then, iPhone 5 users shouldn’t go looking for the Washington Monument in D.C. near the Potomac River. It’s actually located in the center of the National Mall.
Have you tried iOS 6 maps? How do Atlanta locales fare in the new software?
Photos: Atlantans line up for iPhone 5.