Maps - really that bad?

I was slightly surprised by the quality issues with maps on iOS 6 and couldn't really understand what all the uproar was about - until I actually needed the app to work.

I am in Barcelona this week and need maps to find my way around. I already once walked over water, right now maps insists I am in San Francisco and this morning I was just lucky that I actually found my way to where I needed to go - several streets were just not there!

Fix this Apple! People actually use these Apps.

Would this have happened if Steve was still there? Absolutely!

Does Apple take it serious? It seems like it, but I doubt this can be fixed in the short run. The alternatives are not really better - I am working through the list Apple provides on the AppStore right now (I would like to find my way back to the hotel tonight).