As Apple Maps Flounders, MapQuest App Gets Updates

    September 25, 2012

Though the new Apple Maps app has caused a bit of frustration and laughter, but the software is still usable for everyday purposes. I suspect most of the complaints lobbed at Apple over Maps is part of the shock of going from the feature-rich (and developed and maintained by 7,100 people) Google Maps experience to a newer, buggier Apple experience. That simply doesn’t happen often, and it’s widely suggested that Apple should have left its new Maps app off iOS 6 until it was truly ready.

It’s too late to go back though, and iPhone users will have to somehow deal with distorted satellite images, poor location search, and misplaced buildings. Apple is on a hiring spree, hiring even former Google Maps engineers to work on their new software. Google, meanwhile, hopes to get a stand-alone app store version of Google Maps out before Christmas, though progress is slow. One other fallback option for iPhone users that may not be immediately considered is AOL’s MapQuest app for iOS.

MapQuest today announced an update to their iPhone app that includes a few new features. Perhaps it senses that its app is about to get a lot more use and it wants to impress, or perhaps this is just part of its regular update cycle. Either, way, MapQuest now features “drop a pin” and favorites. “Drop a pin” will allow users to mark any location on the map and receive directions to it, without having to know the name of the location. The favorites feature allows users to bookmark places the travel to often (or are planning on traveling to) for easier access.