Neoseeker : News : Apple CEO apologizes for sorry state of iOS 6 Maps, recommends Bing, Google in the meantime
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Huntereb Sep 28, 12
I love the picture usage, nice post.
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harbin Sep 28, 12
Considering that Apple are being complete dicks to the industry (harrassing Samsung, etc) I'm surprised that Google hasn't stepped in to support the manufacturers that produce the phones that use Android. Google could easily block YouTube and all Google services from using Apple devices if they so wished.

Apple are becoming increasingly monopolistic bullies and from what I heard, reception for the iPhone 5 has been mixed... mind you, Apple have stopped being the bigtime innovators of technology that brought success following the 90s.
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bbb7002004 Sep 28, 12
I don't think Google would ever cut off the millions of consumers on Apple from using their products. Making there products better on Android? Sure, but it would be idiotic to ignore a third of the market because the parent company "doesn't play nice."

Either way I have no plans to update my iPhone 4 to the new iOS. I had enough problems with the jump to 5, and none of the new features are particularly interesting to me.
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Arietta Sep 28, 12
First, I lol'd at the picture.

I find all of this surprising. I find it surprising Apple screwed up beyond words and I find it surprising Tim Cook took the time to write an apologize letter and post it in the Apple website.

I read somewhere that only 10% of the people who have used Apple Maps are happy with it. Personally, I have never been much of a map user (except when we travelled to Miami and we got lost - The Google Maps app saved us a lot back then. ), but a couple of nights ago I was playing with it before going to bed. I thought it was neat. I didn't see anything misplaced like many people had claimed, and the relieve (my city is basically a crater and it has formations everywhere) looked perfect. I also liked the whole rotation and zooming thing. This is surprising because I live in a hopeless country.

I have seen the jokes about this. Hilarious. I have also seen screenshots of misplacements happening haha so no doubt people wouldn't be very happy with it.

I also find it surprising that more developers didn't test this thoroughly (I would have but I installed the betas in an iPod Touch instead of my iPhone ). The errors would have been found a lot sooner before they got out to the wild. Apple should have requested thorough testing of the new maps.

Finally, I trust they will fix it. I think it's better to improve a product once it's out based on user feedback, even if that means dealing with a lot of backslash. I trust Apple is still the company that focuses a lot in product quality. They are getting more and more maps engineers so this should be one of the best maps out there in a short time (I estimate around 6 months to a year).

quote harbin91
Google could easily block YouTube and all Google services from using Apple devices if they so wished.
Doing something like that wouldn't be a smart move though. A lot of people use Google services in iOS. Gmail, Youtube (with or without the app), some prefer to sync contacts with Google rather than iCloud... It would be a huge market loss for Google if they decided to do it.
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LZ Schneider Sep 28, 12
Google should block their services on all Apple products as a show of it's all mighty power.
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LOD-squa Sep 28, 12
That would just be a horrible marketing move LZ Schneider. They love the attention and I highly doubt they will do that.



quote harbin91
Apple are becoming increasingly monopolistic bullies and from what I heard, reception for the iPhone 5 has been mixed... mind you, Apple have stopped being the bigtime innovators of technology that brought success following the 90s.
Sadly ever since SJ stepped down the company has gone downhill. I'm not saying that he was the "big" face but a lot of things have changed before then. They aren't operating the business as they used to anymore.


All being said, I'm surprised that they have taken the initiative and admitted that they messed up and that they are doing everything in their power to fix it. By advertising their competitors they are saying "they did it better than us", takes a lot for a company to do that.
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Enhance Sep 28, 12
Good on Apple to at least come out and admit that their map app sucks. Would have never considered Apple a company that would do this. Interesting direction Apple is heading in without Steve these days.
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Exevier Sep 28, 12
I guess I've just been one of the lucky few here. I absolutely love the fact that I can finally get turn-by-turn directions; I've taken a couple minor road trips over the last week and it's been awesome. Much safer than using the old app, for sure.

As for the accuracy, I haven't personally experienced any issues. From what I hear, however, I'm in a pretty small minority on that front. Once this gets straightened out for everyone, though, the app itself is pretty great (if a bit overdue).
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harbin Sep 29, 12
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quote harbin91
Google could easily block YouTube and all Google services from using Apple devices if they so wished.
Doing something like that wouldn't be a smart move though. A lot of people use Google services in iOS. Gmail, Youtube (with or without the app), some prefer to sync contacts with Google rather than iCloud... It would be a huge market loss for Google if they decided to do it.
TBH that's kinda the point. Thing is, Google need to start thinking about the phone manufacturers that are increasingly being sued by Apple (Samsung the biggest case). If they continue to get harrassed by Apple because of the multi-touch features and the fact the Android slightly resembles iOS (because having rows of icons on your desktop is an Apple invention), then they will start thinking about going to Windows Phone, and Google's market share will drop hugely. Alot of Apple services are restricted to Apple devices anyway.

At the very least, Google should be in charge of creating the apps that Apple use to access the Google services, but even then perhaps put incentives for accessing it on an Android device.

quote LOD-squa
That would just be a horrible marketing move LZ Schneider. They love the attention and I highly doubt they will do that.



quote harbin91
Apple are becoming increasingly monopolistic bullies and from what I heard, reception for the iPhone 5 has been mixed... mind you, Apple have stopped being the bigtime innovators of technology that brought success following the 90s.
Sadly ever since SJ stepped down the company has gone downhill. I'm not saying that he was the "big" face but a lot of things have changed before then. They aren't operating the business as they used to anymore.
TBH Apple aren't exactly the shining example of innovation even then, they too have admitted to stealing technology. Contrary to popular belief, Apple did not invent the mouse, Apple did not invent multitouch.

Here's a quote from Jobs regarding that:



Interesting from somewho who cries wolf because another company 'stole' an Apple patented feature.

Thing is, Apple recently have just been a marketing company and to me they do market their products brilliantly well, but the thing that annoys me is how hypocritical some of these big companies are.
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Wynnona Oct 2, 12
Poor Cook,I think he really want to lead Apple for the best and independent,but it still need time to achieve...I have to admit ,googe map is really better till now.....Apple still need time to improve this job.
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