Apple’s iOS 6: A Delight or a Disappointment?

Fewer than 24 hours have passed since Apple introduced iOS 6. And already, some avid Apple fans are complaining about the (supposedly) most sophisticated iOS update so far.

According to a new report published Thursday, iOS 6’s most eagerly anticipated feature – a new Apple-powered Maps app – “is being met with scorn.”

Having reached the end of a five-year contract with Google, which supplied map data for the iOS Maps app, Apple made its redesigned Maps app a marquee feature in iOS 6.

“Beautifully designed from the ground up (and the sky down), Maps changes the way you see the world,” is what Apple boasts. But Anil Dash – a blogger and director of technology incubator Expert Labs – tells Information Week that he and others are stunned at how much iOS 6 disappoints in some ways.

“When you buy an iOS 6 device, you get a worse experience for search and no ability to get transit directions out of the box, both of which are significant downgrades from iOS 5,” he says. Even longtime Apple fan John Gruber (of Daring Fireball writer) agrees with the “scorn.”

“[T]he new Maps is going to be the biggest problem with iOS 6,” Gruber admits. “Anil is right about the bottom line though: the maps experience in iOS 6 is a downgrade.”

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