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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to make more from the App Store
by gan17 on Fri 21st Sep 2012 00:33 UTC
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A lot of people are saying that Apple intentionally left it half baked to encourage devs to "fill in the blanks" with apps, that way they could make more via the 30% cut they get from each app sale.

No idea if this is true, though.

One thing I do know is that this current iMaps thing sucks balls, worse so for those outside Yankland.

Personally, I hope enough people do complain to force Apple to backtrack to Google Maps, but I'm skeptical.

Edited 2012-09-21 00:33 UTC

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