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iOS 6 users can finally have a maps app that works

For the iOS 6 users that hate Apple's new home-grown mapping feature, don't fret -- Google is on the way with a Google Maps iPhone/iPad app. However, we won't see it for a couple of months.
It has been confirmed by anonymous sources close to Google that the tech giant is working on iPhone/iPad Google Maps apps. This is likely a relief for many iOS users, who are anything but fond of Apple's latest maps app. 
Last week, Apple released its latest mobile operating system iOS 6 days ahead of its iPhone 5 launch. Since iOS 6's release, a chief complaint has been that the maps app is completely off as far as geography and navigation
Prior to iOS 6, Google Maps was the main maps apps on iPhones and iPads since the beginning of their respective times. But earlier this year, Apple announced that it was going to make its own maps app for iOS devices and pushed Google out of the loop. One main reason for this is because Google's Android operating system has been fiercely competing with iOS, and in the realm of smartphones, Google is winning.
But Google never saw this coming. In fact, it found out about Apple's plans to make its own maps service the same time Apple announced it to the rest of the world. But Google stepped back, and the company's executive chairman Eric Schmidt even said that Google wasn't begging for Apple's business (although it was open to any new opportunities). 
But now, it looks like Google will make Maps apps for the iPhone/iPad afterall. However, the only downfall is that it'll take a couple of months to do so. Why? For two reasons: the now-complicated relationship with Apple, and Google just needs time to build the app.
When Apple decided to ditch Google for its own maps app, it broke the contract the two had early (one year early according to The Verge). So now, Google and Apple must figure out how Google Maps is going to weave its way into the whole situation. 
As far as building the app goes, Google wants to make sure Google Maps is comparable to Apple's maps (which shouldn't be hard in terms of accuracy). For instance, Apple's maps has a 3D feature, and Google wants to have the same for Google Maps. 

Sources: The New York Times, The Verge

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By othercents on 9/26/2012 2:21:37 PM , Rating: 2
I don't remember if Apple had opened the integration for other map programs, so by default the map program that launches when you have an address will be the Apple one. Hopefully you will be able to ditch the other one and only have one installed that you like.

RE: Integration??
By ctodd on 9/26/2012 2:38:56 PM , Rating: 3
Agreed. I think there should be a way to set your default map just like you can pick your default search engine. I'm always amazed when Apple can get away with the exact same stuff MS got in trouble for 10+ years ago.

RE: Integration??
By Reclaimer77 on 9/26/2012 2:43:10 PM , Rating: 3
And that's a perfect example of why I don't buy into Apple's bullshit ecosystem. You have to do everything they way THEY want you to. Not how you would prefer it. They make arbitrary decisions that no other company would, and get away with it.

RE: Integration??
By Samus on 9/26/2012 3:59:19 PM , Rating: 2
Apple has never been about choices so I doubt you'll be able to set Google Maps as the default handler.

RE: Integration??
By GotThumbs on 9/27/2012 9:01:21 AM , Rating: 4

This should be the last straw that breaks the camel’s back....for the DOJ to FINALLY step in and start addressing Apples closed/anti-competitive ecosystem.

MS got beaten down because of an integrated web-browser, but NEVER prevented anyone from installing and as the default browser.

Apple is clearly anti-competitive and needs to be called to the mat on it.

Personally, I'll NEVER own an Apple product, so it's not really an issue that immediately affects me.

Android allows freedom of choice for me, so that's my choice.

RE: Integration??
By Tony Swash on 9/26/12, Rating: 0
RE: Integration??
By xti on 9/26/2012 3:20:44 PM , Rating: 2
this reply should be at the bottom in tiny print.

RE: Integration??
By Cheesew1z69 on 9/26/2012 4:04:17 PM , Rating: 1
No, we got enough of his ridiculous bullshit already, plus, he isn't important enough to quote...

You might think he is, but in the real world, he isn't important.

RE: Integration??
By ritualm on 9/26/2012 3:22:26 PM , Rating: 3
You cannot set DEFAULT APPS on anything in iOS. Sure you can use Google Maps, but any app that uses the iOS Maps API can only use Apple Maps, and right now it's full of poop.

Monopoly, market share and every single last one of your bile-drenched drivel notwithstanding.

RE: Integration??
By Tony Swash on 9/26/12, Rating: 0
RE: Integration??
By themaster08 on 9/27/2012 2:15:57 AM , Rating: 1
And if someone really doesn't like what Microsoft does on it's Windows platform they can switch to another platform because Microsoft is not a monoploy.

RE: Integration??
By nocturne_81 on 9/26/2012 8:04:06 PM , Rating: 1
Microsoft's Windows had a 90% share of the PC operating system market. . .Apple has a 17% share of the global smart phone market. . .One is a monopoly and one is not.

I find this remark severely amusing, as you often tout how profitable Apple is despite their meagre market share..

Either way, market share has little to do with anti-competetive anti-trust laws.. In the US it is hardly an issue, but the EU actually takes things a bit more seriously.

"So, I think the same thing of the music industry. They can't say that they're losing money, you know what I'm saying. They just probably don't have the same surplus that they had." -- Wu-Tang Clan founder RZA

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