By Jonathan Charles | Oct 05, 2012 10:46 AM EDT
iOS 6 drew a mixed reception from critics; some cited the operating system's nearly unchanged appearance as underwhelming in light of its competitors' advances. When students were asked about the latest version of Apple's mobile platform, they also displayed very little excitement.
Virginia Tech students were asked about the platform by CollegiateTimes.
"My friends told me that the maps were the biggest change," Matt Hanes, a sophomore mechanical engineering student, said. Maps is Apple's replacement for Google Maps; however, the service drew criticism because it could not provide accurate results. Students agreed.
"They have their own map system now, but it doesn't really work very well," sophomore landscape architecture major claimed. The Statue of Liberty does not appear, for example.
Freshman music education student Jeb Sturgill admitted that Maps did not live up to the hype, despite reading reviews beforehand.
CollegiateTimes pointed out that campus buildings do not feature in Maps. Information on public transport, which students will probably rely on, is unavailable. Considering that Apple spent five years developing Maps, missing major features may seem peculiar. Before Maps' launch, the feeling was it had to perform as well as Google Maps from day one. Apple apologized for the lagging performance and suggested alternatives, including Bing.
"I didn't really see why they put in the effort. I didn't see too many new additions to it. I'll eventually switch if I have the time," sophomore biology student Alex Rolur also said on not downloading iOS 6 despite the rising device share.
More students revealed the phone was taking longer to sync date, eight hours in the case of Keyli Toulotte. She studies university studies.
"Last time I did the upgrade, I lost half my data, so I've been a little hesitant. A lot of my friends did lose their data as well, which I don't want to do because I have so many things on my phone. Last time I lost all my music and everything, which was a pain," concurred Michelle Zolo. He is a senior community and psychology double major.
iOS 6, including Maps, is available now.
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