Google's Schmidt: Apple Should've Stuck with Us for Maps
September 25, 2012 1:04 PM
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Apple's maps app in iOS 6 shows quite a different view of the world from our own
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
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 --
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).
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Too big to fail? Or too arrogant to succeed...???
9/26/2012 7:08:18 AM
What will happen if the Apple bubble bursts... Not likely, I know, but the arrogance of Apple over the past few days should have some shareholders nervous. Me, I'd be calling for Cook's head on a platter.
Cosmetic issues on their new shiny-shiny? Takes some of the shine off. I've done a bit of anodizing, it doesn't take a whole lot of effort to make sure that you get good results. However, I can understand that if one is in a bit of a rush, and would rather have product available than wait for the process to be finalized...
Maps that don't map? I mean, sure Google was a thorn in Apple's side. But it sounds to me as if they tried to amputate their leg to get rid of a thorn in their foot. Well, Cook can console himself with the fact that Jobs let MobileMe slip out the door. Hell, Cook... What are you doing with that 100 BEEELLLIIIon bucks besides suing people? One would've thought that with that much money, you could've bought SmallWorld off of GE, along with hiring every high-end GIS person in the world, got a few satellites launched, and come out with a decent map product.
And their new connector? Nothing wrong with their new connector, it is the arrogance of announcing $30 converters to make the old new again... (I can buy an awful lot of wire for $30...) Not to mention that some products simply can't be easily or inexpensively adapted at all. BMW and Mercedes come to mind, wonder how they now feel about making Apple an integrated part of their systems? How would you feel if you had a one year old BMW, and wanted an iPhone 5? Well, I guess if you can afford BMW's and Apples, a little Apple Tax isn't that big of a deal.
But the worst of all of this? It all happened in the same month. I mean, 3 - zip, the other teams, and all own goals. In the sporting world, the head coach would be REAL nervous about now, if not already out the door.
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