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[4]: Comment by Stephen!
by JAlexoid on Mon 24th Sep 2012 08:53 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by Stephen!"
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Android Handset makers just don't offer new Android versions instead, holding back all new features and performance optimizations so you'll buy the next model

You get what you pay for, but even the low cost devices have had updates.
As for top models, they've received at least one major update. (Galaxy S went though 2 major updates, BTW)

All in all, I'm actually pretty optimistic about this-one, especially since Google maps finally gets a competitor now. And I love healthy competition (not fanboy crap).

At the moment is a non-competitor and it will not be an actual competitor(as with most things Apple, it's very restricted to their platform). Google Maps is the app on Android and will be one of the most popular apps on iOS.

Edited 2012-09-24 08:57 UTC

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