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[2]: Comment by Stephen!
by kovacm on Fri 21st Sep 2012 07:59 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by Stephen!"
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This is something that was impossible using the old closed Google mapping system where Google jealousy guarded core mapping functions and location data because such data is fundemental to Google's business model whilst it is peripheral to Apple's. So in a lovely ironic turn Apple has opened mapping on iOS compared to Google's closed approached.

beautiful post! entire post!

this was only way for Apple - they must further distance from Google (clearly: competitor in almost all fields today, and even more in future!) and make new partners (facebook and twitter).

and maps will be most important base for many new applications/services to come.

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RE[3]: Comment by Stephen!
by phoudoin on Fri 21st Sep 2012 08:11 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Stephen!"
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this was only way for Apple - they must further distance from Google

Sorry, but how does an iDevice *customer* should care one bit about that!?!

What he should care is it's own user experience.
Which is vastly degrading regarding mapping and, new iPhone 5 customer bonus, it's even more expensive than before.

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