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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Interesting Apple maps FAQ
by Tony Swash on Fri 21st Sep 2012 22:51 UTC
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RE: Interesting Apple maps FAQ
by gan17 on Sat 22nd Sep 2012 03:21 in reply to "Interesting Apple maps FAQ"
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So, if this iMaps app is supposed to get better over time as Apple gets more usage reports from iOS users, can we assume that only first-world countries will be properly mapped, since very few people in developing countries can afford iDevices? Can we also assume that places like Detroit won't get much mapping outside areas frequented by Ford and GM upper management types? Apple hates the poor, after all, hence why there’s no “entry” level iPhone, or they just throw the old models to poor people once the rich are bored with them, old models that probably don’t support Maps.

Tbh, I don't really care about mapping that much. I drive most places if work is involved, and the sat-nav in the car tramples over any "e-maps" app (she sounds better too, for my car at least). I suppose it's useful for people who tour around or depend on public transport a lot, in which case Apple has to improve this fast (much faster than it takes to release a new version of iOS) and/or not disallow third-party mapping applications in the App Store for people who need alternatives at the same time. Last thing they'd want is a rich person driving into a pond and drowning.

Some of the oil-paintings do look artsy, I have to say. I like that the app is eccentric. A trait that modern day rich people seem to have lost, sadly.

Edited 2012-09-22 03:41 UTC

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RE: Interesting Apple maps FAQ
by sakeniwefu on Sat 22nd Sep 2012 03:35 in reply to "Interesting Apple maps FAQ"
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Nice astroturf Q&A. It could be that Google pays you so we all think Apple is paying you to post this crap. Maybe this is part of Microsoft's job interview process? Alas, we will never know for sure.

The app as it has been released is completely unacceptable as a product. People are relying on the GPS mapping abilities of their phones and sub-tablets to find their way.

It's 1:00 AM and you want to go back to your bussiness hotel and the app leads you into a dangerous neigborhood, is Apple going to pay for your funeral expenses?

My only Apple product is an iPod touch which isn't affected by this because the app is useless without a GPS and a steady 3G connection, but I certainly won't be upgrading to iOS 6 if this is Apple's new idea of Quality Control.

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RE: Interesting Apple maps FAQ
by Soulbender on Sat 22nd Sep 2012 06:52 in reply to "Interesting Apple maps FAQ"
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Is it really that difficult to admit that Apple screwed up?
This whole Spin Doctor thing is embarrassing. Just admit it's a screw-up and move on.

From the FAQ:

Waited for what? For Google to strengthen its chokehold on a key iOS service?

Yeah, because releasing a shitty app that drives your customers to use the very competitor you want to get away from is such a brilliant business decision.

Edited 2012-09-22 06:54 UTC

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