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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 Shadowself on 9/25/2012 2:55:49 PM , Rating: 1
The issue is not that everyone expected Apple's iMaps to be equal to or better than Google Maps on day one.

Sane people expected it to have a few glitches. It has many more than a few glitches.

When someone switches from an old standby with years of development to a new program the expectation is that the 1.0 version is nearly as good as the old standby -- with the expectation that it will be equal to the old standby by version 1.1 or 1.2 then *significantly better* than the old standby by version 2.0.

This is not what has happened. At the moment it looks like Apple's iMaps won't be equal to Google Maps until *at least* version 2.0 -- and by then Google Maps will be better too!

Is iMaps a horrible app? No. But from the few minutes I played with it on a friend's iPhone (Yes, I have friends that have iPhones and I still call them friends.) it still has a long way to go.


RE: Why not have a competitor?
By Souka on 9/25/2012 3:13:15 PM , Rating: 2
So is Google going to put out a Google Map application in the App Store?

I'd think this would be important for Google right now.


RE: Why not have a competitor?
By elleehswon on 9/25/2012 3:20:36 PM , Rating: 2
Beta software is the new 1.0


RE: Why not have a competitor?
By geddarkstorm on 9/25/2012 3:23:50 PM , Rating: 2
They're just moving to EA's DLC model of software business :D


RE: Why not have a competitor?
By Belard on 9/25/2012 11:03:22 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah.... if AppleMaps 2.0 is 5 years into the future.

It took Google years to correct and enhance its map technology. Its also possible that Apple can end up being sued if ANY they violate patents - since they HIRED Google engineers, it makes it possible for that to happen(or not).

How long do you think it would take for Apple to do its own Street View?


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