I still regularly try out Apple Maps to see if it’s getting any better. And for the last year, the answer has been no. At least around North West London.
On the above screenshot there are at least 8 errors, one of which should be noticeable to anyone regardless of whether or not they know the area (Wembley High Road).
The funny part is, I reported all of them a year ago when I first tried Apple Maps. I’ve been told that Apple’s threshold for making changes is quite high (much higher than Google’s). As a user and contributor, it just means that I no longer bother trying to do Apple a favour. I couldn’t give a damn if their Maps are wrong, and I’m not going to waste my time being ignored.
Mapping is incredibly difficult and expensive, and no one does it perfectly. But from a user perspective, it’s hard to see any progress being made at all. Google has errors too, but in my experience they’re great at responding to reports and regularly do fix things. And at least in London, they are an order of magnitude more accurate.
And that’s not even to mention the extras they have that are totally missing from Apple Maps. Things like transit directions and indoor maps which are incredibly useful. At this stage I’m worried that Google may begin to rest on its laurels, as the competition just isn’t really in the game.