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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a bit of topic
by unclefester on Fri 21st Sep 2012 02:08 UTC
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2007-01-13

The demand for the iPhone 5 in Australia seems very underwhelming to me. My local Telstra store had three people waiting (for the launch) today. The Vodaphone and Optus store had zero apparent iPhone customers.

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RE: a bit of topic
by unclefester on Fri 21st Sep 2012 04:14 in reply to "a bit of topic"
unclefester Member since:
2007-01-13

Update:

By 1pm the Telstra store "crowd" (three people) had dispersed. No one was actually buying the iPhone 5 - just looking.

fixed typo.

Edited 2012-09-21 04:15 UTC

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RE: a bit of topic
by D-Master-D on Fri 21st Sep 2012 08:24 in reply to "a bit of topic"
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2012-04-05

No-one's lined up for iPhones at the telco retail stores since the first one officially available in Australia (the 3G in 2008).

Cast your eyes on the Apple Stores for the crazy lines.

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RE: a bit of topic
by Tony Swash on Fri 21st Sep 2012 12:18 in reply to "a bit of topic"
Tony Swash Member since:
2009-08-22

The demand for the iPhone 5 in Australia seems very underwhelming to me. My local Telstra store had three people waiting (for the launch) today. The Vodaphone and Optus store had zero apparent iPhone customers.


I think you may be venturing onto some very thin ice if you are trying to argue that demand for the iPhone 5 is poor. Very thin ice. Best to walk carefully back to firmer ground before it's too late.

http://appleinsider.com/articles/12/09/20/hundreds_line_up_as_austr...

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RE[2]: a bit of topic
by unclefester on Sat 22nd Sep 2012 03:13 in reply to "RE: a bit of topic"
unclefester Member since:
2007-01-13

Hundreds of people were lined up at APPLE STORES. Many (if not most) of those people in the were involved in ambush marketing schemes.

However there was absolutely no reason to go to an Apple store because they could have bought a iPhone 5 at thousands of other licenced carrier outlets without queuing.

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