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Apple's maps app in iOS 6 shows quite a different view of the world from our own  (Source: assets.nydailynews.com)
Google pokes a few comments at Apple's failing maps app in iOS 6

Many iPhone users have decided that Apple's new home-grown maps app is subpar to Google Maps -- and Google's Exeutive Chairman Eric Schmidt knows it. 

"We think it would have been better if they kept ours. But what do I know?" said Schmidt. "What were we going to do, force them not to change their mind? It's their call." 

Apple and Google had teamed up back when the original iPhone was released in 2007 so that the new device would offer Google Maps and YouTube. This partnership stayed strong through iOS 5, which was released last year, but Apple recently decided to ditch Google Maps for its own creation in iOS 6.

However, many have cited troubles with Apple's new maps app. The main issues were geography and navigation, where the app showed a world that was much different from our own. Motorola even recently made fun of Apple's maps in a new ad, where the caption "#iLost" was placed underneath the failing iPhone app. 

Google has heard about iOS 6's map woes, but it isn't waiting around for Apple to come crawling back.

"I'm not doing any predictions," said Schmidt. "We want them to be our partner. We welcome that. I'm not going to speculate at all what they're going to do. They can answer that question as they see fit." 

Google can afford to gloat a little, though. Its Android operating system holds the number one spot in smartphone market share with over 500 million users around the world -- and it has a maps tool that actually works. In fact, Google Maps has all new features that were shown off on the Google Nexus 7 tablet.

"Take that Apple," said Schmidt. "That was a joke by the way."

Apple's iOS 6, which was released last week, has more than just map troubles. Earlier this week, a railway company in Switzerland called Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) accused Apple of stealing their clock design for the new mobile OS. SBB approached Apple looking for a settlement of some sort (likely licensing fees, but nothing has been confirmed). 

Source: Reuters



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RE: Why not have a competitor?
By name99 on 9/25/2012 2:53:06 PM , Rating: -1
(a) You can't learn without at some point interacting with the real world.

(b) If one is going to criticize the new maps, one ought to, at the very least, acknowledge that it already, today, has some advantages over Google maps. These include
- superior traffic information (better display, real time not delayed 15 min)
- use of vector graphics has many advantages including better looking display, text anti-rotates as image rotates, partial text labels are removed for points outside the border reducing clutter
- display of text in both local language and user's language
- actually better map information in China, outside cities, than Google Maps.

There is one very real and serious complaint one can levy at the new maps; the UI (or honestly lack thereof) for public transit.
Apart from that, the fact is, the underlying tech looks pretty robust and scaleable, meaning that it's just a question of augmenting the data. Not an ideal situation, but no different from where Google was just a few years ago.

(Or to put it differently, this is no different from any of the other changes Apple makes, whether it'd getting rid of floppy drives or switching to Lightning connectors. There is ALWAYS a mass output of whining --- by people who aren't actually affected by the change --- followed by, within a few months, everyone who is affected by the change adapting.

If a company is NOT willing to put up with a little pain now to change for a better future, you get the situation of MS, still stuck with a massive pool of XP and IE6 installs, or the same thing in Android space --- 1.5% of the user base running JB and the vast majority running Android 2.x.)


RE: Why not have a competitor?
By dark matter on 9/25/2012 3:38:19 PM , Rating: 1
What a turd of a reply.

You might as well have said,

"hey we have a better looking compass than you do, It doesn't point north, but were working on it"

I don't look at a map and go "ooh, nice vetors, shame I'm in the wrong fucking place, but hey, gotta love those vectors man."


RE: Why not have a competitor?
By Omega215D on 9/25/2012 3:43:25 PM , Rating: 2
It's funny how Apple fanatics are so quick to dismiss and even make fun of other products and their user base then get really butthurt when their Holier-than-thou company hits many rough patches.


RE: Why not have a competitor?
By aliasfox on 9/25/2012 4:32:38 PM , Rating: 2
I'm not saying it's truly ready for prime time (I don't intend to update to iOS 6 in the near future, mainly because I want to be able to trust my map), but jumping in now they're only 7 years behind Google. If they wait until iOS 10 (iOSX?) they'll be 10-12 years behind.

Yes, it's a v1 product. Heck, if it were released as 'beta' it probably would've been better received. But let's see where they are in 12 months - if they still can't get it right an alarming amount of time, then we can be severely critical of them.

And besides, aren't Android supporters always screaming about wanting competition?


RE: Why not have a competitor?
By StevoLincolnite on 9/25/2012 4:54:19 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
And besides, aren't Android supporters always screaming about wanting competition?


Competition is great when you want two key factors:
1) Lower Price.
2) More features etc'.

However, Google maps is free, without restriction.

More features and such is always welcome, but that's not going to happen with a highly inferior alternative.

Apple may develop something decent, but remember Google got it's maps to it's current level of polish without any real competition, hence it stands to believe that they won't stand still for no one.

Plus, down the track it wouldn't surprise me to see Apple try to monetize it's maps application, it is Apple after all. :)


RE: Why not have a competitor?
By msheredy on 9/25/2012 5:22:23 PM , Rating: 1
quote:
However, Google maps is free, without restriction.


Google maps may be free to you and me but Apple pays for that shit. Now they don't have to.

quote:
...it wouldn't surprise me to see Apple try to monetize it's maps application, it is Apple after all. :)


Yea they don't charge for iOS updates but they'll go ahead and tack a fee on their map app.

Palm meet forehead


By StevoLincolnite on 9/25/2012 11:24:01 PM , Rating: 2
Apple never had to pay for Google Maps to my knowledge.


RE: Why not have a competitor?
By tayb on 9/25/2012 5:57:25 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
However, Google maps is free, without restriction.


Google maps is not without restrictions. Why do you think Android has advanced route guidance and turn by turn navigation while iOS does not? The Google maps application for iOS existed before Android even existed... Google restricts its API to third parties to retain a competitive Android advantage.

quote:
Apple may develop something decent, but remember Google got it's maps to it's current level of polish without any real competition, hence it stands to believe that they won't stand still for no one.


Google was far from the first on the map scene and they weren't and never have been the only players in the field. TomTom, Garmin, MapQuest, Yahoo Maps, and Bing are just a few of the players who have a presence in the field or had a presence in the field.


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