iPhone Life magazine

iPhone Maps App Update

It's all good in my world. Since Apple kicked Google Maps to the curb, they have been dodging arrows from critics because it's not perfect. I am not about to apologize or justify for Apple, only check in about my real life testing here in rural Vermont.

Prior to Maps release, I was an avid Waze user. I like the social aspect as well as it's flawless navigation, which is why I use a map app. Google Maps didn't have navigation so it was my go to app when I wanted to use street view. I realize that I may not be the ordinary use case, but with all this being said, Apple Maps has been flawless for me. When it was first released, I navigated around with both Waze and Maps at the same time to see how they compared. After a few hours of use, I discovered that Maps was just as accurate.

I live in northern Vermont about a half hour north of Burlington, our largest city . Canada is only another half hour north, so it's fairly rural. I go to Newport, VT once a week which is even more rural. If there was going to be mapping issues, one would think that they would show up here.

My job as a Realtor sends me out to all sorts of areas, down dirt roads some without road signs. Over the last 3 or 4 months I have had to find homes on roads I have never heard of in areas that I wasn't that familiar with. Maps has not misled me once. In a few cases I would have been hopelessly lost without my trusted iPhone 4S. With the ability to switch to satelite view, I can even see the house I am looking for even if there is no mailbox or address in view.

I am an Apple fanboy, I admit it, but I am not shy to call them out when things don't work. The thing is Maps does work for me. I agree with the critics though, it isn't perfect since there are some gaping holes in other areas which doesn't follow Apple's ad slogan  "it just works". Ok, I get it.

As a side note: I found an app called Street View (.99) that accesses Google's data to provide street views in my area. I also use Google maps on the web for the most accurate street views when I want them.


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Steve Overton has been working with and providing tech support for realtors for more than 20 years. He was a Dale Carnegie Instructor in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont for 10 years. During that time, he bought his first handheld device — an Apple Newton — and hasn't looked back since.

Currently a realtor in Vermont at Keller Williams Green Mountain Properties, Steve owns four Macintosh computers, as well as an iPhone, and iPad. He is happily married and lives on 25 acres with his wife of 16 years.