I’d highly encourage you to report this issue. Can’t promise it’ll be looked at anytime soon, but it’s good to put into the queue:
I work in downtown Boston and my building's address isn't in Apple Maps. It "corrects" it to some place in JP, which is a residential address. There are several restaurants and and companies in this building, all marked as being in JP. I have submitted a lot of map corrections but all that does is move the location of the business on the map to the right place even though it still has the wrong address listed. That means if you actually try to navigate to them, it brings you to the wrong place. It also means no location based triggers work for things like Homekit and/or reminders. There are hundreds of people in this building, right in downtown. How do I get it to understand this address?
My street has existed for 150 years.
It's not "some things are bad, so let's clean it up and fix the problems". It's so bad as to be unusable.
Of course, I contribute to OpenStreetMaps pro bono.
It'll be interesting to see how Apple communicate this to iOS users, and if they'll go out of their way to get back users they've lost to Google Maps.
I'm based in the UK, YMMV
I can't speak for US but in Australia and UK it is so far behind Google. It feels like 1/3 of them are simply missing and a 1/3 of them are inaccurate in some way e.g. opening hours.
I don't know how Foursquare and Yelp who supply Apple are surviving right now with such inadequate data.
I've added my workplace this way.
I'm also one of those people who struggles to translate navigation instructions on a map to real world turns.
So features such as highlighting and Stop signs & Traffic signals go a long way in helping me navigate safely.
But Apple Maps exists as an OSX app so you could possibly use Apple Script to open the app, navigate to a point and take a photo.
The author also has their email address listed on their site if we'd like a definite answer.
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Edit: Looks like MapKit provides an easy way to take snapshots: https://developer.apple.com/documentation/snapshots
Now they have decided to build their own data set from scratch.
>So a new effort was created to begin generating its own base maps, the very lowest building block of any really good mapping system. After that, Apple would begin layering on living location data, high-resolution satellite imagery and brand new intensely high-resolution image data gathered from its ground cars until it had what it felt was a “best in class” mapping product.
That TechCrunch article has a good overview of their old and new mapping systems.
Microsoft has long made Bing imagery available for tracing, it's only recently that they have done much with data.
None of the companies have really touched "processes", because OpenStreetMap doesn't really have any formal processes.
Apple does use OSM data, but only in some countries (Belarus for example IIRC), as allowed by https://wiki.osmfoundation.org/wiki/Licence/Community_Guidel...
The ODbL has no restrictions on mixing, unlike the creative commons “no derivies” clause. The ODbL just says that you need to share those changes, and that new database, with everyone else. If we give you OSM data, you should give us back the data you combine with it.
If the other dataset doesn't allow that, then the restriction is from that dataset's licence, not from OSM's ODbL.
It appears to be a combination of algorithmic work from satellites with manual generation mixed in.