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iPhone 5: Apple’s maps product not fully baked

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As Apple’s iPhone 5 is set to launch at the end of this week, some critics say the new maps software that comes onboard the new wireless wunderkind is only half-baked.

When Apple decided to replace the tried and tested Google Maps product from its iOS mobile operating system software, it was seen as yet another barb at the internet search giant.

Apple’s iPhone and Google’s Android operating system (sold under brands from Samsung, HTC and others) have been in a mobile battle for years now.

But Google Maps is a product that, at seven years old, is still finding ways to innovate and it works very well for most of us.

Apple’s first take on a mobile-based maps product for its iPhone and iPad products, since being released just this week, has had some wondering what the world’s most valuable company is thinking.

Apple is not known for releasing products that don’t work well.

Last year’s “Siri” voice recognition feature seemed to be hit-or-miss with many iPhone users and now its new maps product is turning out to be a pretty large miss with the press and early adopters of Apple’s newest mobile operating system software.

Roads don’t show up in the right places, the “flyover” feature of Apple’s maps product shows blatant errors, landscapes are blurred and there are “roads to nowhere” as well as office buildings in the ocean and other rather amusingĀ anomalies.

Here’s an Apple Maps flyover on San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge:

Visit this Tumblr blog for some funny examples, and for a bit more background on the problems Apple faces with its new maps product, you can read more here and here.