Here are the biggest changes to look for in the new iOS, good and bad and inbetween.
Apple gave Google’s maps data the old heave-ho and redesigned the maps app from the ground up, helped in part by the company’s recent acquisitions of mapping companies such as C3. The resulting app is undeniably attractive and well-designed. It’s also an unfortunate downgrade from the previous version and the biggest disappointment of the new operating system.
The app is missing some of the most useful features from the former iOS Maps app: Google’s transit directions and street view images. Some countries have also lost traffic information.
In many locations, it also appears to be missing accurate and up-to-date information. iOS 6 users have discovered numerous incorrect maps, showing farmland where there should be cities, incorrectly categorized businesses, misplaced landmarks and street addresses, and generally a lower-level of detail than is found on Google’s maps.
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It’s not all take and no give. Apple has added one very much needed feature: turn-by-turn directions. Previously, iPhone users had to download apps like Waze to effectively use their phones for directions while on the road (hitting “Next” on the old directions each time you turned a corner was dangerous and tricky). Turn-by-turn is not supported on the iPhone 4 and earlier, the first iPad or any iPad without cellular, or the iPod touch.
A not-useful-but-still-super-cool new feature is Flyover, which is available for a select number of areas and cities. This 3D aerial view is a kick to tap and swipe around, circling skyscrapers and cruising down streets like a bird. But unless you actually are a bird, the feature won’t be of much practical use for navigation. Flyover is only available on the iPhone 4S and later, iPad 2 and later, and the iPod touch.
Article source: http://articles.cnn.com/2012-09-20/tech/tech_mobile_ios-6-changes_1_maps-app-ios-maps-data