Is history repeating itself at the site of the infamous “Galloping Gertie” disaster? No, it’s just those wacky maps in Apple’s new iOS 6.

The “flyover” arial view in Apple’s new mapping application includes, among other glitches, a distorted image of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge that makes half the structure look as if it has collapsed.

The Washington State Department of Transportation is having some fun with it.

The photo was originally posted on this Tumblr site, where you can see more examples.

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  • orcmid

    These are also suspension bridges. What happened to the towers and the cables? Did they screw up the Golden Gate bridge, the Brooklyn bridge, and all the others?

    • Guest

      Apple decided that a streamlined look was more aesthetically pleasing ;)

  • guest

    If you look closely you’ll see that that the imagery above was assembled from two very different data passes (from different satellites or planes). The 3d geo is procedurally generated from the imagery, and if the imagery is either not that great, or very discontinuous like the above, you’re going to get errors that then must be identified and then new imagery sourced and the data regenerated.

    What all these bloggers and reported neglect to mention is that there is a procedure existing in the maps app today, where you can drop a pin and report a problem so that it can be fixed, just as with Google maps and every other mapping program. But that doesn’t generate the clicks like, “Apple’s maps are just FUBAR”.

    • guest

      Are you for real? Most of the iOS6 reviews from mainstream media glossed over the map issues or failed to mention them at all. It’s only now that users are complaining about it that many have belatedly admitted they’re a step back. And it doesn’t matter that there’s a way to improve it. The issue is that for many the “new and improved” Apple service is deficient relative to the previous Google one.

    • Guest

      I see. How much do I get paid for fixing Apple’s Maps data? I already paid $200 plus about $2,000 in contract fees for iPhone 5, so I’d like to get some of that back.

  • guest

    ios6 map route in colorado from loveland airport to Hewlett-Packard takes you right by the HP site, 2 miles down the road, u-turns, comes back 1 mile and leaves you no where near the site…. piece of junk… Maybe they don’t want me to find the HP site.

  • Guest

    “I love these maps. The board loves these maps” — Tim Cook

    • guest

      No, Susan. If he ignored the complaints for a decade and steadfastly maintained they were perfect, then tarring him with the same brush as Ballmer would be legitimate. But they have already admitted their solution falls short. Or at least what passes for an admission Apple-style:

      “We are excited to offer this service with innovative new features like Flyover, turn by turn navigation, and Siri integration. We launched this new map service knowing it is a major initiative and that we are just getting started with it. Maps is a cloud-based solution and the more people use it, the better it will get. We appreciate all of the customer feedback and are working hard to make the customer experience even better”

      • Geust

        The old boss, Steve Jobs, would never have let utter shit like Siri and Maps leave 1 Infinite Loop. He’s dead. So is Apple’s reputation for quality.

        Fire Tim. Fire the board. Fire the software engineers. Start over.

        • guest

          The old boss personally selected Siri. You think he would have delayed it when they had nothing else of any real significance to hype the 4S? I don’t. Maps, maybe. Despite his commitment to going “thermonuclear” against Google, Jobs would probably have sucked it up for another year in order to come to market with less obvious problems. Apple’s reputation for quality is still in tact though. Once you have a strongly positive reputation it takes a lot to bury it. Just ask Ballmer. Nobody tried harder and it still took him a decade to accomplish it.

          Firing the board and the engineers is just silly talk. Firing Tim is premature. But a few more of these and I’ll have to agree with you. Imagine if someone had punched Ballmer’s ticket back in 2003-4 when it first became obvious he wasn’t suited to the role. Maybe they would still be dominant and relevant today?

          • Guest

            How long are you going to tolerate the Ballmerisation of Apple? The new CEO has already presided over the most precipitous drop in smartphone market share in the company’s history, two disastrous OS releases, and three disappointing incremental releases. He’s dragged out iPad mini, something his predecessor personally vetoed, and he’s delayed his predecessor’s pet project of Standalone Apple TV (iTV) until 2016 at the very earliest. All told, this is a man more concerned with public perceptions (increasing dividends, building nice dorms for subcontractors) than with delivering quality products. The stock price has continued to rise through no action of Tim’s, and smart investors have tempered their expectations to match the CEO’s tepid vision.

            I’m glad that you’re slowly getting on board my Fire Tim train. There will be space at the back when you’re ready.

          • guest

            Susan, we’ve had this discussion. He should be given three years to prove his capability. Some of your concerns I agree with, though delaying iTV isn’t one (obviously it was in even rougher state than Siri and maps). The stock price increase absolutely precludes him from being Ballmer, whether you give him credit for the doubling that has occurred since he took over or not. And it should rise another 30%, at least, before any return to earth. I’m not yet on board your fire Tim train. He’s not Jobs and nobody would be. A few recent moves are disturbingly Ballmer-like. I’ve conceded that. But on balance he still has my support. For now.

          • Guest

            OK. I don’t support Tim. If you do, though, I suppose the rest of the board has no choice but to keep him. I sincerely hope that you, Al, and all the other men to whom shareholders have entrusted Apple make the right decision between now and 2025.

  • Jerry

    This is simply the result of reducing the bridge to a dautm plane, which you have to do to measure distances. Bring up Google Earth, go to the same bridge, then zoom in at either end. When you get close you will see the image appear to curve, with the bridge deck appearing to plunge to the water. The mappers have to choose a plane, and both systems place the highway at ground level and the bridge at approximately sea level. Its fun to play with, but in reality may well be within the accuracy of the maps.

  • A. Thomas

    Maps are shit. Shit maps.

  • youradickapple

    maps the single biggest tech disastor since palm

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