Apple released iOS 6 yesterday, bringing several noteworthy features such as Facebook integration, an improved Safari Browser, Apple’s new Maps application, Mail enhancements, and the digital wallet application dubbed PassBook. Many have been signing the praises of iOS 6, but the reaction hasn’t been very positive for some iOS users. Reports of poor Wi-Fi connectivity, short battery life, Map data problems have surfaced.
If you’ve had some problems, take comfort in knowing you’re not alone. Here’s a short list of complaints users have made after updating their iDevices to iOS 6.
One of the most controversial changes within iOS 6 is Apple’s new Maps application which relies on Apple’s own technology of satellite imagery rather than depend on Google’s information. According to Apple, the new Map app now features fully 3D maps with terrain features, and it also details buildings and street signs.
However, many users are complaining about the lack of public transit routes, its street view capabilities, and inaccuracies in turn-by-turn navigation.
There’s was one incident reported today that places a big concern over the 3D imagery. The report states that on Apple’s map 3G imagery, it wrongfully labels a park named “Airfield Park” in Dublin, Ireland to be an airport. That caused the Irish government to immediately issue a warning to Apple to fix the issues before any pilot accidentally crashes into the park.
There have been other incidents reported of missing data in maps and of mislabeled city names and streets.
Since Google Maps is no longer available in iOS 6, users have been advising others to visit the Safari browser and search Google Maps online instead.
Google, has yet to confirm if they will release a new Google Maps app for iOS 6. However, some reports claim that Google has already submitted the applications to Apple’s App Store.
Wi-Fi connectivity issues:
Many iPhones and iPad owners are having some bad experiences when trying to connect to WiFi networks. Others report say that some iOS users have even lost their ability to connect their iPhone 4S and iPads to any networks at all. There were 14 pages of discussion about this on Apple’s support site at the time this was written.
Some claim Apple has fixed the issue already, but there are still a number of users having WiFi problems. One forum member suggested users try out the following solutions:
- Restart Your iPhone - Sometimes a simple reboot may rectify the issue. Press and hold the SLEEP/WAKE button on the top. Swipe to power off the iPhone. After that, turn on your iPhone again.
- Forget the Network - Remove your current Wi-Fi network in the Setting and re-configure it. Go to Settings -> Wi-Fi. Select the existing network and tap “Forget this Network”.
- Reset network settings - Go to the “Settings Menu” in your device, then head to General and follow to Network. Then try selecting Reset Network Settings.
One of the most exciting things about iOS 6 is the addition of Passbook. According to Apple’s website, it will act as a virtual wallet meant to hold ticket boarding passes, gift cards, movie tickets, and other digital contents.
Some have joked about Passbook asking “What does it do?” Due to a present bug in iOS 6, it doesn’t seem to do anything. Some users are having problems connecting to the Apple’s App Store to search for any compatible applications.
When users finally connect to the App Store, the list of apps might be considered quite small at the moment. We are hopeful the app selection will be expanded in the upcoming weeks.
Please, let us know in the comments below about your good or bad experiences when using iOS 6 on your iPhone or iPad. And if you haven’t updated your device to iOS 6 yet, make sure to read our article on installing iOS 6 on your iDevice.