Maps for iOS 6 still needs work. We found that things aren’t exactly right yet. Luckily, there are ways to work around it. For now, it may be best to avoid relying too much on the stock Maps app, and count on it when things improve a bit.
For now, there are a few workarounds, and they may serve you better until the Maps app improves.
Google Maps through Mobile Safari
You can use Google Maps in iOS 6. It’s probably not as nice as having a dedicated app, but it works through the browser, and even has a nice icon so you can add it to your Homescreen as use the web app. Remember that you will have to make sure that you have allowed Safari to find your location. That’s easily done by going to Settings>Privacy>Location Services(On) >Safari(On). From there, Google Maps for mobile Safari can access your location data.
Navigon will set you back $50. (Editor’s note: It’s on sale at the time of this writing, and we don’t know the regular price, but it seems to be $60, according to Google searches). The major advantage to Navigon is that maps are preloaded. This means it’s not totally reliant on a connection so that you can see the map. Good for when you’re out in the boonies.
This is one of our longtime favorites at iSmashPhone. It offers offline use as well (always great) and points of interest with in-app dialing. Walking mode is also useful, especially in cities where getting around means doing it on foot. You can share where you are with Facebook and Twitter updates, because everyone needs that now. There are also in-app purchases for more updates, such as voice navigation.
Waze is good, and it’s free. What more could you want? It offers turn-by-turn navigation, real-time traffic and road alerts and more. You can even share location and estimated arrival times with your friends. Check it out here:
A Workaround for Maps
This isn’t the best workaround, but it helps in a pinch. You can Google an address, then plug that address into Maps. It’s worked for us. For instance, if you need to find a nearby Walmart, you can Google it. Copy that address and paste it into the search in your Maps app. This will pinpoint the location, and you will be on your way. This method worked for us, but it’s one of those only when you need it-type things.
Let’s hope for Improvement
Let’s hope that Apple can make their Maps app better. It’s still early in, so it will take a while before we see any major improvements. We’re sure we will hear about any major updates. For now, let’s just wait and not count completely on their application.