If you pre-ordered an Apple iPhone 5 early, tomorrow is the day you'll be receieving your new, slightly better mobile phone, but you might want to be a little wary of iPhones new map feature. If you don't have the new phone, you might want to hold off on updating to iOS 6. While the iPhone 5 will (finally) offer turn-by-turn directions, according to many reports, Apple's new map feature is...problematic, as you can see from the above picture of the Eiffel Tower.
There are no directions for public transportation, and according to many reports, not only are some photographic representations of locations clearly messed up, the info Apple is drawing on for its maps is often inaccurate and/or crazy. Apple's new map app gives us a view into a bizzaro word full of Dali-esque landscapes, where the Brooklyn bridge is melting, long-dead businesses are still around, gas stations are located on rooftops, Chinese restaurants are at the bottom of rivers, and some cities have been sent back in time to World War II.
As much as I'd like to believe that Apple is conducting a large-scale alternative reality art experiment, the problems with Apple's Map app seems to have more to do with the company being relatively new to the mapping game, but still wanting to distance itself from competitor Google. Previously, the iPhone's mapping service was powered by Google, who have been creating better and better maps for the past decade or so. Now Apple is using TomTom's info, which some find lacking. Apple may want to scale back its relationship with Google, but, at least for now, it seems to be stumbling pretty badly in one of the most important areas for smart phone users.
Google hasn't said yet whether it plans to make a google maps application available on the Apple app store, so for now, iPhone 5 users might be turning into lakes to pick up their order of General Tsao's Chicken.