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Apple’s iOS 6 Maps app already showing signs of improvements

Raymond Wong
October 5th, 2012 at 3:21 PM

When Apple (AAPL) CEO Tim Cook said his team was working non-stop to to improve the decidedly subpar iOS 6 Maps app, he wasn’t kidding. Several MacRumors forum members are reporting that Apple’s quickly correcting some of its botched 3D Flyover views including the now-famous invisible Statue of Liberty. MacRumors says that imagery improvements have been reported in Honolulu, Hawaii; San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles; New York City and London. Additional 3D buildings in vector mode are also popping up. The Apple rumors website also states that users who don’t see the immediate changes will see them in the near future as “aggressive caching” is holding the roll out from hitting everyone. BGR has confirmed the improved Statue of Liberty an additional 3D vector buildings is present on at least on iPhone 5 device. Apple is reportedly prepping a program that will train retail staff employees to help report errors in cities where Apple Stores are located. 

AppleInsider is also reporting corrected maps in 3D Flyover mode. As you can see in the screenshots below, the Brooklyn Bridge no longer looks like it has melted:

The improvements are a step in the right direction. With these kind of swift changes, it’s possible that Apple, with its $100 billion in cash can catch up to Google (GOOG) quicker than the seven years it took for Google Maps to become excellent.

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