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: Comment by Stephen!
by tanzam75 on Thu 20th Sep 2012 23:50 UTC in reply to "Comment by Stephen!"
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If enough people complained, would they likely back down and go back to using Google Maps?

Rather unlikely.

Did Google switch back to Navteq Maps, after users complained that their maps had gotten worse after the switch to Tele Atlas? No!

Not only did they not go back to Navteq, but they then proceeded to ditch Tele Atlas as well, and switch to their own maps that are generated by machine-learning. This has led to more comprehensive coverage than could be achieved by sending humans out to drive and annotate the roads. But it has also led to some truly astonishing errors that are unique to Google Maps.

This is what happens when a company has bigger fish to fry. They allow strategic interests to prevail over the quality of the user's experience.

Edited 2012-09-20 23:51 UTC

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