Alternatives to iOS 6 maps


Are you one of those unfortunate ones who is cursing Apple after updating your iPhone/iPad to iOS 6 ?

The much awaited iOS 6 update didn’t keep up to the expectation in promising a revolutionary replacement to Google Maps.
The new features which are announced are available only in selected countries. Also users have already reported map discrepancies. For users based in India it’s a different story altogether. Apple has failed to give even a basic mapping solution. The map data seems to be accurate on first look. But basic functionalities like routes and directions are missing as of now. What is frustrating is the basic features available in earlier Google supported map solution is not available for India users.
The situation will improve, but may take a while for India.
Need not worry , listed below are 3 alternatives which can fill the gap without any issues. The first two are not standalone apps, but rather web-based.

Follow the below steps to add app short cuts for Web App to your home screen.

  • Open the respective web URL in Safari.
  • Once the page loads, click on the arrow icon on the left side of the URL field.
  • Select ” Add to Home screen”. An icon will be placed on your Home screen after this step.
  • Allow permission to use your location by accepting the pop up that is displayed.



Google

 

Nokia

 

Navfree

 

App/Web App?

 

Web App

 

Web App

 

App

 

URL

 

maps.google.co.in

 

m.maps.nokia.com

 

 

Traffice Info

 

Y

 

Y

 

Y

 

Route/Directions

 

Y

 

Y

 

Y

 

Voice Based Navigation

 

N

 

Y

 

Y

 

Offline Mode

 

N

 

N

 

Y

 


There are other solutions available for eg Waze. Try out and adopt which caters to your needs.
It needs to be seen how Apple is going to regain the confidence of the users who have already started switching to other map solutions.