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  (Source: businessinsider.com)
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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RE: Missed point
By Tony Swash on 9/26/2012 7:24:13 PM , Rating: -1
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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.


These incompetents will deliver record earnings this coming holiday quarter and the best earnings ever by any tech company. Not bad for a bunch of incompetent boobs. My advice on Apple stock is quite the opposite - buy now while its being pushed lower by the usual Wall Street game (oh look Apple missed the projections we just plucked out of the air and are now wailing about and oh look the stock price has gone down and oh look we just bought a pile of Apple stock and made a killing on the rebound - works every time).


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.


"It's okay. The scenarios aren't that clear. But it's good looking. [Steve Jobs] does good design, and [the iPad] is absolutely a good example of that." -- Bill Gates on the Apple iPad














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