I never really wanted to talk about the iPhone 5 or the new Apple OS but since I own an iPad and have upgraded to the iOS 6, I might as well say one or two things about how the new OS has impacted on my user experience. To be very frank with you, I can’t find all those “over 200 new things” Apple said they added. Possibly because most of the improvements happen “under the hood” or maybe my now dated iPad 2 could not handle the new and exotic stuff. Or perhaps, I have not studied the iPad enough to notice and appreciate the new things. Well, I definitely will write about the new things in subsequent articles but for now, I just want to complain about the FaceTime over 3G that apple refused to give my iPad 2 and the Google Map App taken away from me.
You see, the map is a must for me on a mobile and it is one of the reasons I found it difficult letting go of the Symbian OS. Nokia maps was so good. The best in my opinion. But then, when the powers that be killed Symbian, I had to reluctantly let go of the Nokia Maps. Now Apple has taken away my joy by removing the google map from iOS. Why all these noise you may ask. The answer is iOS Map App in my iPad could not locate my position talk less of giving me directions or navigating me from one point to the other. It’s just sitting on my iPad doing nothing. I reside in the Niger Delta area of Nigeria and I can’t be located. Maybe the map is designed for people in the United States and Western Europe only. Maybe improvements will come in form of updates. But for now, the iOS 6 map is a big disappointment.
A Ray of Hope
All is not lost. I have my safari browser. Going to maps.google.com on my safari browser gives me my needed google map with navigation. Though not as smooth as the original google app map, it still works much better than the iOS 6 map.
Using this method, you also get the terrain view as well as the satellite view as seen on the screenshots
So, if you find yourself in the same boat with me, grab your Safari and give the google map a spin. You can even turn it into an app by clicking on the arrow on top of Safari and choosing Add to Home Screen. Then you can always access your map without manually going to Safari and typing google map address.
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