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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RE: My, my...
by Tony Swash on Fri 21st Sep 2012 22:31 UTC in reply to "My, my..."
Tony Swash
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2009-08-22

you know that Apple are in big trouble.


I think that is unlikely, What is very likely is that the iPhone 5 will sell more and at a faster rate than it's predecessors, that the iPhone will supplant the iPhone 4 as the best selling handset globally, that a majority of iOS users will upgrade to iOS 6 very quickly (it's already passed 15% after just a couple of days compared to Android 4.1 which has only inched to 1.5% in three months), that Apple will show strong growth this quarter and have another record breaking holiday quarter and that Apple will incrementally improve maps and catch Google faster than Thom thinks it will and that in the next few weeks and months there will be a slew of interesting and innovative mapping apps released on iOS. In two years iOS will be the mapping platform.

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