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"iOS Maps, you're fired!"

To say that Apple Maps for iOS 6 has been a blunder is quite the understatement. Ever since iOS 6 was released to the public a few months ago, complaints began rolling out about the mapping services. Everything from misplaced roads, to wonky directions, to horrible rendering of terrain became fodder for the online media and even mainstream media -- not to mention Apple's customers and Apple's competitors.
Things got so bad that Apple CEO Tim Cook even apologized to Apple customers
However, even as Apple is looking to improve its native Maps application on a continuing basis, Google is looking to offers users a seasoned alternative -- Google Maps. The refreshed Google Maps app for iOS has all the goodies (and more) that users loved before Apple decided to give the application the boot for its own homegrown solution.
Street View, transit directions, walking directions, traffic data, and restaurant reviews (provided by Zagat) are all included. And in case you were wondering, yes, turn-by-turn navigation is front in center in the new Google Maps iOS app.
For users of Android smartphones, none of this stuff is really news to you -- you've been enjoying such functionality for years. However, for Apple customers that have complained about Apple's native Maps app, you now can install an alternative that appears to be better in nearly every way.


Sources: Google, iTunes

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By messele on 12/13/2012 3:57:00 AM , Rating: 0
So about all those 'experts' proclaiming that Google would stick it to Apple and Apple would be unreasonable and block the app anyway...

Yeah. 'Experts'.

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By Fleeb on 12/13/2012 4:14:21 AM , Rating: 2
IMHO Apple would have blocked it if not for the iOS Maps problems.

RE: .
By bupkus on 12/13/2012 4:32:31 AM , Rating: 2
Absolutely, but this battle isn't over.

RE: .
By bupkus on 12/13/2012 4:44:51 AM , Rating: 2
Apple will let Google carry the ball until they can fix their iMaps program. However, this is both a significant embarrassment to Apple in addition to being a constant advertisement showcasing the Google brand name and Google competence. How can Apple and their minions scowl contemptuously at the non-Apple world if Google appears on their 'precious' boasting the name 'Google' while showing them all how to find their ways home?

Introducing Apple Maps
"And boy did we ever patent it!"

RE: .
By TakinYourPoints on 12/13/2012 5:23:51 AM , Rating: 1
That makes no sense, there are numerous other map applications and Google applications on iOS. Other competitors like Microsoft have tons of apps on iOS, most long before they're on Android and some before they're even on WP.

Deliberate app blocking from competitors is like this fantasy that isn't happening.

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By RufusM on 12/13/2012 1:48:52 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, Apple will not delete Google Maps from the Apple App Store. They just require that Apple Maps is the default and it can't be changed. Other than that, use whatever you want...that is Apple approved. :)

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By TakinYourPoints on 12/13/2012 3:34:52 PM , Rating: 2
Which is just about everything. :)

Internet crusaders are hilarious, at least Google has their priorities straight.

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