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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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Missed point
By Ammohunt on 9/26/2012 3:51:18 PM , Rating: 3
What amazes me is that this crapware even hit the market! this software would have never seen the light of day if jobs was still around. Which makes for sad commentary on the current Apple corporation; that being its glaringly obvious that Apple seems to consist of a bunch of incompetent boobs that are completely lost without their captain and that the current CEO is a major doofus. My advice sell your stock now while it still has value.

RE: Missed point
By tayb on 9/26/2012 4:30:06 PM , Rating: 1
Apple began acquiring mapping technologies in 2009 when they were fighting with Google over access to turn by turn navigation and advanced route guidance APIs. I have no idea when Apple actually started development but they were at the very least trying to get leverage over Google way back in 2009. Steve Jobs died fall of last year so he was very much involved with planning this.

The story about how Google was "shocked" is nonsense. It was no secret that Apple was buying up mapping companies and no secret that iOS lacked turn by turn navigation while Android did not despite using a mapping application from the same company.

RE: Missed point
By Reclaimer77 on 9/26/12, Rating: 0
RE: Missed point
By TakinYourPoints on 9/26/2012 8:35:26 PM , Rating: 2
tayb is one of the most balanced posters here. Obviously he doesn't go with the hivemind all the way so he's Swash 2.0. Its just like anyone remotely moderate on a conservative blog is a commie pinko, hilarious.

RE: Missed point
By Reclaimer77 on 9/27/2012 11:20:48 AM , Rating: 2
Tayb is one of the most idiotic posters here. And you attempting to weight in on "balance" is the joke of the day.

RE: Missed point
By tayb on 9/27/2012 2:41:49 PM , Rating: 2
Don't bother with reclaimer, he's just here to troll.

RE: Missed point
By TakinYourPoints on 9/27/2012 6:00:49 PM , Rating: 2
Trolls are there mainly to provoke. Reclaimer actually believes the stupid things he says

RE: Missed point
By Solandri on 9/27/2012 6:55:21 PM , Rating: 2
I'd agree Google is the one doing the doublespeak here. Obviously they already have a nearly fully-function version of Google Maps for the iPhone - it was preinstalled right up until iOS 6. Apple just elected to remove it from iOS 6.

So I don't buy the claim that it'll take months to develop. It already exists, and is already nearly fully functional. From what I understand, the only major feature which is missing is turn by turn navigation (supposedly Apple didn't want to pay for it in the contract they negotiated with Google for the app). And most of the grunt work of coding that has already been done for their Android version. All they need to do is port it to iOS.

It sounds to me more like Google wants iOS users to stew in all the problems plaguing Apple's map app for a while. Then they can swoop in with their revamped iOS version of Google Maps like the proverbial knight in shining armor.

That might be the best thing to do from a PR standpoint, but I disagree with it since it puts marketing ahead of customer convenience. It's the sort of thing Apple does. I would've hoped Google was above that and would just concentrate on giving customers the best product they can provide as soon as possible.

RE: Missed point
By theapparition on 9/27/2012 10:07:08 AM , Rating: 4
Your correct on many points, but completely off on the lack of turn-by-turn.

It was no secret that Apple was buying up mapping companies and no secret that iOS lacked turn by turn navigation while Android did not despite using a mapping application from the same company.

Yes, both were Google Maps, but Apple refused to allow the program to access their API, hence blocking that feature. This was not Google's choice to disallow that feature, but Apple's refusal to allow them to.

Time will tell whether it was a smart move on Apple's part. But they'll never have the investment that Google has made into maps, like Streetview. At this point, their best bet would be to shed some of that cash and buy TomTom (Although in my opinion the worst of the big 3 GPS companies).

RE: Missed point
By tayb on 9/27/2012 11:40:21 AM , Rating: 1
Yes, both were Google Maps, but Apple refused to allow the program to access their API, hence blocking that feature. This was not Google's choice to disallow that feature, but Apple's refusal to allow them to.

My understanding of the scenario is different. The Google API Terms of Use also expressly forbids turn by turn or advanced routing. Do you have any information to back up your claim? I'm not saying it's wrong, just curious.

RE: Missed point
By Tony Swash on 9/26/12, Rating: -1
RE: Missed point
By nocturne_81 on 9/26/2012 8:06:44 PM , Rating: 2
Sad... but exactly right.

RE: Missed point
By Lord 666 on 9/26/2012 10:26:05 PM , Rating: 2
Without Jobs, their succession plan will only last for so long.

Of course you don't believe me, but look at the last four product releases; iPhone 5, iOS 6, ML, and the new iPad. Which one of them was innovative in a way the Nano, SL, iPad, or even iPhone 4 was? The only glimmer of hope is services and settings being shared cross platforms old and new.

Yes, there is a difference In the product being released by APPL pre and post Jobs.

RE: Missed point
By Ammohunt on 9/26/2012 11:19:33 PM , Rating: 2
That is my point exactly! The idea that a company like apple can't fall from power is a belief held by the naïve and former executives at RIM. Remember jobs single handedly resurrected the company from the beige mac years of mismanagement. The legacy of jobs will only last so long before they will need to pull an original rabbit from their hat; ask yourself who is the new Apple visionary?

RE: Missed point
By Lord 666 on 9/27/2012 5:49:49 AM , Rating: 2
And Microsoft. Only pure arrogance would bet the farm on the steaming heap known as Windows 8.

"We don't know how to make a $500 computer that's not a piece of junk." -- Apple CEO Steve Jobs

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