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 kaiwai on Sat 22nd Sep 2012 03:49 UTC in reply to "Comment by Stephen!"
kaiwai
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If enough people complained, would they likely back down and go back to using Google Maps?


I'm assuming you're new to Apple. Lets remember one thing, Apple NEVER accepts that they're wrong unless there is a tsumani sized tidal wave coming towards them and they have no choice BUT to accept that they were wrong (but with some caveats when they do so). Apple have marked a new path forward and they'll move heaven and earth to ensure that this will work - without any possibility of returning to Google even temporarily. Best example, Final Cut Pro X and the ceasing of selling previous versions even though Final Cut Pro X was not feature complete (Apple promised to bring the missing features back in later updates and upgrades) they're maintained that Final Cut Pro X is the future and there is no temporary reprievement in the short term for those who need the older version.

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