Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 20th Sep 2012 19:24 UTC
Apple "The major new feature of the company's new iOS 6 mobile operating system is a new mapping module developed by Apple itself - a replacement for the Google-supplied maps that have been standard on the iPhone since it debuted in 2007. It is a change borne not of user demand, but of corporate politics: Google's Android platform is the biggest competitive threat to the iPhone, so Apple is cutting ties with Google. iPhone owners might have loved Google Maps, but Apple has no love for Google. Unfortunately, Apple's new maps are simply not as good as Google's." That's putting it mildly - my own town barely even exists on Apple's maps. It's basically a trainwreck, and according to The Verge, Apple has been working on this for the past five years. This is what happens when a company cares more about stupid grudges than its customers. Considering how much effort it has taken Google to get where it is now with maps, don't expect Apple's maps to even get near Google Maps any times soon. This isn't going to take months - this is going to take several years, if at all.
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"Stupid grudges"?
by abdavidson on Fri 21st Sep 2012 05:26 UTC
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Given the figure seemingly bandied around about how much Google Maps on iOS has been costing Apple is around $2bn, it doesn't sound like THAT much of a "stupid grudge" to want to keep that money in house and develop a solution yourself.

But hey, there is absolutely no impartial commentary around this now it seems, so I'm sure everyone will carry on as they are.

Before any stupid accusations of being an "iSheep" or the like, I'm not saying the app is wonderful: it's woeful. I'm commenting purely on the rhetoric of the commentary wrapped around the actual news reportage.

Edited 2012-09-21 05:29 UTC

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