iOS Maps Of London: The Bad, The Bad And The Ugly

M@
By M@ Last edited 56 months ago
iOS Maps Of London: The Bad, The Bad And The Ugly

If you own an iPhone or iPad you'll be well aware of the controversy surrounding the map app. In a software update last year, Apple switched the tried-and-trusted Google Maps for its own navigation software. As people say on informal tech websites: it sucked, big time.

Dip into Apple Maps now, though, and you'll find things are looking a lot prettier. All of central London is rendered in three glorious dimensions. Train stations have popped back into existence. You can even see some of the animals in London Zoo.

But it's easier to mock than to praise, so we've cobbled together a handful of visual howlers you can still find within Apple's maps. Do let us know in the comments if you've discovered others.

No pods, no visible means of support...the London Eye's radical new look.
No pods, no visible means of support...the London Eye's radical new look.
A stunt road near Gloucester Road, west London.
A stunt road near Gloucester Road, west London.
You can have a fun old time driving across Putney Bridge.
You can have a fun old time driving across Putney Bridge.
A famous glitch has 'Big Ben' showing a different time on each clock face.
A famous glitch has 'Big Ben' showing a different time on each clock face.
Piccadilly Circus looks like a bomb scene, with Eros smouldering, the signs all blackened and debris spread across the road.
Piccadilly Circus looks like a bomb scene, with Eros smouldering, the signs all blackened and debris spread across the road.

Last Updated 11 June 2013

gunnersaurus

These are all pretty bad, but the one thing that really annoys me is that Upper Holloway is still shown as Upper Halloway...

Dean Nicholas

One thing I do like about Apple Maps (and Google also does this to some extent) is how it's brought back long-dormant place names... zoom across London and you're greet by unfamiliar yet enticing districts such as Castle Banyard, Vintry, Hans Town and Little Britain. In fact I wonder if there's a post in this.

Jim

If you've cycled over the north-bound bike lane, you'll realise that rendering of Putney bridge is actually rather accurate.

Thomas Bruce Wheeler

For interactive maps on London Pubs, West End Theatres, Sherlock's London, and Famous Londoners (under construction), see the following:

https://mapsengine.google.com/...

https://mapsengine.google.com/...

https://mapsengine.google.com/...

https://mapsengine.google.com/...

Ejb

Trying to get to the O2 arena from portsmouth Apple maps took us to harrods, really not a great move as it was Saturday afternoon. After being stuck in traffic for 2 hrs it then decided to take us round trafalger square, to the embankment where it recommended we park & get a water taxi ... What a joke, especially as we'd paid for parking at O2. Wonder if Apple will refund extra travel costs????