The iOS Maps problem

Google Maps (for iOS) has something to it that makes it almost perfect in everything it does... Apple has made significant advancements/improvements in Apple Maps, but as creatures of habits, it is hard for us to change something that has worked so well for us

After almost a year of iOS 6 release and a year with Apple Maps, it is sad that I hardly use Apple Maps. It is not because its bad or something, it might have been, but to be honest Google Maps has something to it that makes it almost perfect in everything it does. Apple has made significant advancements/improvements in Apple Maps, but as creatures of habits, it is hard for us to change something that has worked so well for us, after all that is why most of the people stick to their respective mobile OS forever, why change something if it is not broken or has no issues? iMore has a good article on the Apple Maps experience after a year.

Some love it (Apple Maps), some tolerate it, some ridicule it, and some have all but abandoned it.
— iMore
Apple Maps for iOS - Source: Apple.com

Apple Maps for iOS - Source: Apple.com

Now Google Maps is no where close to being perfect, it is missing some key features, like rerouting based on traffic, that Waze does so well (Waze almost re-routes me through parking lots of downtown hi-rises to save tons of time everyday!) Not sure why Google cannot do this. Of course everything else about Waze sucks. It cannot search for places of interest and almost always needs a postal address, its user interface is clunky and child like and the App itself keeps crashing often. At least with the purchase of Waze by Google, we can expect some cross play between the two Apps.

Google Maps for iOS - Source: itunes.apple.com

Google Maps for iOS - Source: itunes.apple.com

Waze for iOS - Source: itunes.apple.com  

Waze for iOS - Source: itunes.apple.com

 

So my general workflow with Maps on iOS goes this way. Since Apple does not allow third party Apps to be made default, anytime I click on an address, it goes to Apple Maps, that I eventually kill. Next I copy the address/location into the clipboard and paste it in Google Maps. If it is a place of interest then I extract the location's postal address and paste it into Waze during peak traffic hours, here in the Bay area. So a simple task of finding directions to a place on iOS ends up being a complex series of steps! Unless Apple allows third party Apps as system defaults (it might happen sooner than we think) or improves Apple Maps drastically or Google Maps improves traffic integration and re-routing or Waze improves everything else about its App, the quest for a perfect iOS Maps App will keep on raging.