Thursday, September 20, 2012

iOS 6 maps FAIL in Japan

Update: Apple appears to be scrambling to fix some of the more embarrassing mistakes, but they're being a bit sloppy and should exercise caution when dealing with disputed territories. Unlike us ;)

At least they got the Apple store in there. (photo credit)
Apple has finally dropped the Google Maps app for their own app. The level of detail is very low in Japan. Many people are complaining that it doesn't show the station exits. Fortunately, Google Maps can still be accessed from the browser because Apple maps are so bad it's not even funny.

Wait, yes it actually is funny.

The Japanese internet has been provided with so much needed humor by Apple's latest iOS update. I've taken some of the better images from here. If I had an iOS device, I'd probably waste the better part of the weekend looking for stuff like this. It's really horrible. Cleaning up this database is going to be a lot of work. It's not just the lack of detail, but mistakes in labeling.

I am reminded of how the Japanese internet fell all over itself when Apple named its voice assistant in a way that sounds like butt in Japanese.

Similar to when Fox news created the infamous "Shibuya Eggman" nuclear reactor, we now have McDonald's Station. Some chicken nuggets with that? The map is so bad that is impossible to even tell where this is.


Here's a railway station that has been named after a pachinko parlor "Gundam". 


Continuing with the railway stations, here is where someone did a search from Keikyu Kamata Station. Lot of results. Not a single one is actually in the right place.


Next we have a station that is apparently not attached to a railway line.


Looking for Osaka Station? Well, it's apparently not in the database. That'll piss off Hashimoto!


How about the world's busiest train station, Shinjuku, with more lines that I can count on my fingers? At least it has a marker.


This place is a grocery store called LAMU(ラ•ムー)but everything after the dot as been truncated. Seriously, cleaning up this database is going to be hard work!


Here's one with place names written in Chinese, Korean, and Japanese. Apparently there is a lot of Korean written on the maps.


Maybe airports are better? Nope. Haneda Airport is mislabeled as a paper factory. The best part? They're not even located near the airport.


Narita? not in the database. At least they have the area.


24 comments:

  1. Narita shows up fine in english.

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  2. ben the apple map HAS the apple store marker!

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  3. There is only one succinct thought: Apple's map sucks. Flyover image isn't as clear as it should be and is far from Google's Street View. As this article points out, many addresses and points of interest in Japan are inaccurate or not even entered. Search the name of a famous place. What you get? No results found. Apple's map does not include public transportation, you have to download a third party app (how does that even work? each city has a different app?). It's apparent that Apple developed their own map out of desperation when their relationship with Google strained. What happen to Steve Jobs' philosophy to leave what others do the best to others? Apple has made an immature and rushed business decision. The poor quality and functionality of their Map app makes a deep dint in their reputation as an extremely refined, polished and simplistic, user-friendly company.

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  4. Apple will never succeed in killing Android. So why get into a pissing contest with Google? Come on you 3rd graders, make up and share.

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  5. And I've heard, that some passenger airlines will give iPads to pilots... God(s) save us all from plane crashes.

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  6. http://www.aa.com/i18n/urls/samsung-galaxy-note.jsp Just fly American Airline and you will be safe... lol

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  7. Okay, I'm about to move back to Japan, and after seeing the new maps in iOS, I just don't think I'll be getting a new iPhone. Does anyone know if I can buy an unlocked Galaxy Nexus from Google and then take it with me to Japan and get service with it? it looks like DoCoMo has stopped selling it. I was also looking at the Samsung Galaxy S III on DoCoMo. Does anyone have an opinion? How much does it cost?

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  8. Even though millions of iphone users are affected, this issue is blown out of proportion. Lemmings don't use maps.

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  9. Are we back in the childish discussion what mobile OS is better? I usually stop reading any further if at thread is getting into this topic as it's a waste of time reading comments from iOS, Android or Windows Phone users trying to prove that they made a smart decision buying an Android, iOS or WM phone.

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  10. Very well said. The shortcomings of Apple's maps in iOS6 supposedly cannot be fixed easily and will most probably discourage many iOS5 users (including me) from upgrading to iOS6, which is in turn a bad thing as many bugs and security holes will not be fixed unless one upgrades to iOS6. Apple has probably no other choice than approving Google's Maps application for iOS. As you said, this was an immature and rushed business decision that will backfire.

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  11. but most of the people in Japan use nihongo

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  12. I hope they aren't flying with road maps...

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  13. I believe it should work but you might need to swap the modem firmware for the Japanese version. Also you won't be able to sign up for the unlimited plan you would need to sign up for something like the Xi service.

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  14. I wonder when will softbank begin delivering preorders... I want to test this Maps app..

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  15. Thank God!
    I still here with ios5.
    The best solution for Apple now is to call that elderly woman who destroyed the Spanish Jesus Christ Fresco.
    Cecilia Jimenez.

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  16. I'm you can. I got a Docomo Xi plan (for unlocked US-bought iPhone3GS). It allows
    tethering too so didnt need to jailbreak it. 6 or 7Gb limit but its plenty - I use ~1Gb per month. Obv the sim is good unlocked and good for any phone.

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  17. And this will be fixed. Much like when Google Maps labeled Parliament in the UK as "Disneyland" (I'm totally serious).

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  18. "Apple named" IT IS " voice assistant"....

    Really? Learn English then I might pay attention to your "writing". I would say Steve Jobs is looking up from Hell right now screaming at you, but he cannot make any noise because of the demon cocks in his throat.

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  19. The funny thing is that Apple maps are a mix of English, Japanese and Jenglish even if you set 'Map Labels / Always English' to Off. Freshness Burger restaurants appear as "Furesshunesubaga" - no joke. Tom Tom obviously provided BS data and Apple used it without checking it thoroughly. How could this rubbish slip through beta testing?

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  20. I'm wondering if they didn't do it on purpose. They want to crowd source the data. They aren't spending the money that Google has to ground truth it with street view. So they know the data are shit. And they know that it will be impossible to get the quality up to speed.


    So they release it and let the public fix it for them?


    And then claim it's the best thing - look at all these cool features!

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  21. Given the negative feedback and well-deserved bashing after the release of Apple maps, I think it was a rushed business decision to reduce dependency on Google. It obviously fired back...
    You could be right with your assumption that Apple was hoping that the crowd would correct the mistakes as they added a 'Report a Problem' button. However, expecting that the crowd will help to improve the maps is quite risky and requires quite a bit of resources at Apple. Who would be willing to downgrade to Apple maps and help them make the maps better in the first place? The quality gap between Apple maps and Google maps is simply too big to not disappoint users.

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  22. I don't quite understand how you got more dislikes than likes. (I gave you a like, obviously). Probably those were lemmings. They read but do not understand, or think.

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  23. Easy work around, open Google maps in the browser then open the icon center bottom under the maps, it gives you the option of adding Google maps to your home screen then don't need to open browser and you can work on transferring bookmarks etc and add My places. I'm doing it now i think it should work out pretty much the same as how maps operated on IOS 5. Little bit of work but the end result will save a lot of hassle with the present mess that A maps are here in Japan and most other places it seems.

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