Everyone has been complaining about Apple Maps. The iOS 6 replacement for Google Maps is largely seen as a huge blunder made by Apple. The reasons are many and valid. Bus routes have disappeared as well as walking directions. The accuracy of the maps as well as the level of detail of the Apple Maps vs Google Maps isn’t even in the same echelon. Apple tries to keep a lot of the same functionality but with the amount of time and money that Google has invested in their Maps experience, Apple’s departing from this standard was destined from the beginning to be sub-standard.
With that being said, I gave Apple Maps a trial run yesterday.
I used the app to get from the office to the football field where the Duke of Ginger was to be playing football later in the day. The trips was mapped nicely with a voice giving me directions that were accurate. With exception of the very end of the trip where the final destination was not exactly where the app said it was (luckily, I already knew where I was going) the experience was good.
However, the drive home was a different story. Again, I already knew where I was going, but I gave it a try to see how it would perform. While directing me through a sketchy part of town can’t be blamed on the app, the final destination was way off. Check out these two screenshots from my iPhone:
If you look at the address in the search field and what is on the map, they are not even close. However, this was a problem I experienced with Google Maps as well and this seems, to me, to be related to the convention of the address. The use of hyphens in the address seems to confuse both Google Maps and Apple Maps alike. Once I removed the hyphen in the address, the proper location showed up:
Okay, so it’s not perfect on the exact location of the destination. However, for the record, the pin location of the arena is correct. It’s the location of George S. Hughes/Southside Arena on the map that is wrong. Tell me how that one works.
I’m going to keep using Apple Maps. It’s not like I am in New York or need it so desperately. This town is small and, for the most part, I know enough for it to tell me where I need to go.
My biggest beef: it doesn’t show the New JeffLand Empire. At all.
Ok, maybe I was a little hasty with the whole “making-someone-pay” thing with regards to the Apple iPhone iOS4 update yesterday. As it appears, patience really is a virtue… albeit one that isn’t very typical of benevolent dictators like myself.
The update was released around 11:00 am MDT so I updated my iPhone once I got home from toiling in the mines of industry. And no one had to die in the process, so all is well. So far.
Anyway, I got the update installed with no serious problems and have since spent some time putting all of the settings together and then I realized part way through today that this new iOS is absolutely sucking the life out of my battery! After fully charging the battery, I walked around the office for about 15-20 minutes I returned to my desk and saw that I’d used 6%!!
Basically, with the multi-tasking… this new operating system is taxing the hardware that comes with my 3GS. So that gives me a perfect excuse to get the iPhone 4 when it comes available. And I’m giving that a Hells Yeah.
I’ve been a long-time fan of WordPress as a blogging platform, dating back to what seems like the dawn of time. While I wouldn’t say that I’m a heavy user that’s familiar with every facet of it, WordPress is very familiar to me.
The list of features is quite long and can be tweaked in an endless variety of different ways and being that I’m a big fan of customization, WordPress is a dream.
On the other hand, I’m also a big Apple/Mac fan(atic) and love to try to get everything I can out of my Mac. Having MobileMe built right into the Mac OSX install, there is a lot of great integration between different applications in the iLife suite and, for many of them, having a MobileMe subscription is what gels it all together.
So I’ve been really, really wanting to be able to make services like MobileMe and iWeb work. I really have. I really want to be able to use them.
I guess there’s probably a longer, more in-depth post that needs to appear about this topic but, for now, I’ll have to leave it at this: until Apple decides they really want to compete with Google… MobileMe is a gigantic waste of money and resources. Hence, I really doubt that I’ll end up ponying up some of my hard earned coin to utilize their services.
Hence, NJLE is staying exactly where it is. Here. In WordPress.