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.
Permalink for comment 535959
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
RE: My, my...
by brichpmr on Fri 21st Sep 2012 11:07 UTC in reply to "My, my..."
Member since:

When even John Gruber says, although subtly and while trying to dismiss Apple's responsibility as much as possible when doing so, that the new app is a piece of garbage, you know that Apple are in big trouble.

I am strongly advising my iDevice-using friends to hold on updating to iOS 6 for now. I am sure that the thing will improve over time, but right now, it sounds like a textbook example of shipping an unfinished update due to time constraints.

I find IOS 6 on my iPhone 4S to work just fine, and the new Maps app functions, for me, just as well as the previous Google Maps. My Maps needs are likely different than some of yours...but, this is my experience across the big ditch.

Reply Parent Score: 1