Waze irritations
#335 Henry, Saturday, 12 March 2016 1:14 PM (Category: Apple)
(Tags: waze)

I've been using Waze for a few years, since my brother Chris introduced me to it. It's been good over the years, but it's been degrading. The interface has changed several times, and when I used it this week, I had no idea what to do.

I have a couple hundred apps on my iPhone and I use most of them regularly. I have had to memorise hundreds of icons and dozens of navigation methods. I am sick of it. I want a unified, consistent interface across apps so I don't have to remember what is what. And don't get me started on gestures. I am sick of gestures. If I used three or four apps and had to memorise a limited number of gestures, I could cope with that. But not hundreds. I want Apple to offer a global settings option to ignore gestures.

But the big irritation with Waze is its insistence of offering to direct me to work each morning. I turn Waze on, put it on the seat beside me, and glance at it occasionally to check the traffic. Well, I used to. Now, I set it beside me and drive off and when I glance down it's got a dialog box up asking me if I am driving to work and want directions. And I can't see the traffic. And I'm driving, so I don't have time to pick it up and look at the screen and work out how to answer NO, don't give me directions to work. Seriously, I've been driving to work to the same place for 18 years now, so I've driven this same damned route over 4,300 times, so I don't need bloody directions. Don't offer them to me. I have hunted through the settings for a way to turn this off, but there isn't one. And lately, it's decided to only offer the dialog box for a short while, then assume that the answer is yes, and start giving me directions. I nearly blew a gasket when it started doing this. I'm driving, I rarely get red lights, so I can't just pick it up and turn directions off. And I've found that after the latest interface change, I don't know how to stop it from giving directions.

So once again, an app has been upgraded and upgraded to the point where it is useless to me. I'm done. Fuck you, Waze. I deleted the app. I'll use Google Maps for directions. It shows enough traffic issues for me. But it doesn't get pushy. And the interface hasn't gone shitty yet. And there's still Apple Maps if Google Maps devolves.