The Saturday paper put the now locally famous screenshot of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge from the new iPhone system on the front page. I cannot comment on Apple Maps as a whole, but the distortion of the bridge in the photo appears to be nothing more than the result of using two photos for the bridge, and placing them on different elevation planes for mapping.
To accurately map a photo, you have to control elevations. This effect is common to other mapping systems as well.
You might try going to Google Earth, on a large computer screen, and zooming in …