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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If Steve were alive...
by earksiinni on Thu 20th Sep 2012 22:40 UTC
earksiinni
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Somehow, I suspect that if Steve Jobs were alive such a low quality maps app would never have been released.

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RE: If Steve were alive...
by dvhh on Fri 21st Sep 2012 06:55 in reply to "If Steve were alive..."
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2006-03-20
RE: If Steve were alive...
by Laurence on Fri 21st Sep 2012 10:04 in reply to "If Steve were alive..."
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

Somehow, I suspect that if Steve Jobs were alive such a low quality maps app would never have been released.

Jobs repeatedly allowed complete failures in technology. Despite popular belief amongst the iDiots, he wasn't a magician; he did sometimes misjudge the market ;)

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RE[2]: If Steve were alive...
by earksiinni on Fri 21st Sep 2012 14:58 in reply to "RE: If Steve were alive..."
earksiinni Member since:
2009-03-27

This isn't a failure to read the market. It's just insanely sloppy. Jobs' reign certainly produced flops (e.g., Apple TV), but they've always been buttoned up and dressed to the nines.

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RE: If Steve were alive...
by kaiwai on Sat 22nd Sep 2012 03:54 in reply to "If Steve were alive..."
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2005-07-06

Why is it every time there is a monumental cockup there is always someone who will say, "If Steve Jobs was here none of this would have happened!" as if some how he was everything under him was sunshine and lolly pops. The only thing Steve Jobs has over Tim is the fact that Steve Jobs could spin a disaster into an opportunity; anyone remember Aperture when it was first released? that wasn't a failure to 'read the market' as someone else on the thread claimed but dropping the ball on quality. Same can be said for Final Cut Pro X, Pages/Numbers/Keynote pretty much left to rot on the vine after being neglected for years, then there was the MacBook Pro nVidia fiasco where Apple should have just replaced the laptops instad of replacing one faulty motherboard with another, then there were the PowerBook issues where one of the DIMM slots would go bad - I mean, I could go further and further back if you want.

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RE[2]: If Steve were alive...
by earksiinni on Sat 22nd Sep 2012 21:16 in reply to "RE: If Steve were alive..."
earksiinni Member since:
2009-03-27

Good points, actually; I remember the Final Cut X disaster in particular. I retract my statement!

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