To our customers,
At Apple, we strive to make world-class products that deliver the best experience possible to our customers. With the launch of our new Maps last week, we fell short on this commitment. We are extremely sorry for the frustration this has caused our customers and we are doing everything we can to make Maps better.
We launched Maps initially with the first version of iOS. As time progressed, we wanted to provide our customers with even better Maps including features such as turn-by-turn directions, voice integration, Flyover and vector-based maps. In order to do this, we had to create a new version of Maps from the ground up.
There are already more than 100 million iOS devices using the new Apple Maps, with more and more joining us every day. In just over a week, iOS users with the new Maps have already searched for nearly half a billion locations. The more our customers use our Maps the better it will get and we greatly appreciate all of the feedback we have received from you.
While we’re improving Maps, you can try alternatives by downloading map apps from the App Store like Bing, MapQuest and Waze, or use Google or Nokia maps by going to their websites and creating an icon on your home screen to their web app.
Everything we do at Apple is aimed at making our products the best in the world. We know that you expect that from us, and we will keep working non-stop until Maps lives up to the same incredibly high standard.
Interestingly, Cook admits defeat and tells customers to use Bing Maps, Google Maps, or even MapQuest in the interim until Apple can get its Maps application fixed.
WWSJD aka What Would Steve Jobs Do?
quote: There was one year remaining on the contract. It would have to be renewed before iOS 7 was likely to be out. So if Apple kept Maps, they'd be forced to renew the contract next year - either continuing without navigation, or conceding to Google. Faced with that prospect, they decided it was preferable to drop Maps and roll with a clearly premature release of their in-house maps app.
quote: This is the problem with a closed app ecosystem. Instead of companies putting out the best product they can in order to woo as many users as they can, you have companies wrangling behind the scenes and deliberately withholding or blocking useful features that users want, all as negotiating leverage with other companies.