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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 Chaser on 12/13/2012 1:35:11 PM , Rating: 3
Even clever retorts or failed spin attempts can gloss over the delightful irony: Google, the creator of the most prevalent smartphone operating system world wide has its competitor groveling for a reiable mapping system after their humiliating attempt completely flopped.

Even campy marketing campaigns won't reverse a major failure of customers that trusted their beloved Apple that decieved them into believing they were purchasing a reliable mapping program. The defections will continue. they won't forget.




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