Note: Story updated below.
Yesterday, Apple released a new version of its operating system for late-model iPhones, iPads, and iPod Touches, just 2 days in advance of the scheduled appearance of the company’s new flagship, the iPhone 5. A Swamplot reader who took the plunge immediately and upgraded his iPad to iOS6 has been enjoying tours of Houston within the included brand-new built-in Maps application, which in the updated operating system is built by Apple instead of Google. “Notice anything odd about these maps?” the reader asks.
Just a few things so far, the reader answers for us. F’rinstance, a mysterious “City Tubercular Hospital” appears to have alighted on the vacant block west of Dunlavy off Allen Parkway where a portion of the Allen House Apartments used to stand. A large chunk of the Regent Square mixed-use development has been planned for that location since 2008.
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Likewise, just south of Memorial Dr. at the end of Westcott St., on the former estate of Ima Hogg, Apple has located the “Bayou Bent Collection and Gallery”:
The data for Apple’s new Maps app, which the company brags could be considered “the most beautiful, powerful mapping service ever,” reportedly comes from TomTom NV (TOM2) and OpenStreetMap. There’s no Bayou Bent Collection or City Tubercular Hospital locatable on the web version of OpenStreetMap, however.
Any other peculiar Houston sites you’re now seeing for the first time on Apple devices? Send them in!
Update: The reader, Randy Steward, notes a few additional problems with the maps:
Two-thirds of Memorial Park has gone missing. The Cockrell Butterfly Garden has been moved to the middle of Hermann Park. And seeing as how Houston is the Bayou City, shouldn’t this map show some bayous? . . . Apple has left out a lot of place names that were in Google maps and they’ve misidentified others, plus they left out the bike trails which Google kept updated.
- Apple Maps Lose Way on IPhone Amid Feud With Google [Bloomberg BusinessWeek]
Screenshots: Randy Steward