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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by brichpmr on Sat 22nd Sep 2012 12:42 UTC in reply to ""
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So... I'm not a heavy maps user so maybe I'm missing something important here, but what exactly is preventing people from bookmarking in mobile Safari and using that instead? It seems to offer about all the features that were previously available.

Do people REALLY need an "app" for everything now days, or is it something else?

I have actually done just that to compare the Google web maps with the new IOS6 Maps. In my experience, the new native Apple iteration has more fluid interface, just as good turn by turn directions and far superior and up to date satellite data for the locations I have tested. Now, I didn't have any dislike for the previous Google Map in IOS5, but the new app has excellent potential to blow Google out of the water, IMO.

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