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Thu Dec 13, 2012, 09:40 AM

Apple Caves to Maps Outrage Adding Google Tool on IPhone


(Bloomberg) Apple Inc. (AAPL), caving to user outrage over faulty directions in its home-grown navigation tool, has let Google Inc. (GOOG)’s mapping application back onto the iPad and iPhone mobile devices.

The free Google Maps app is available in more than 40 countries and 29 languages, Google said in a blog posting. Google was widely expected to introduce its own app after the version of Apple’s iOS mobile software released in September excluded its popular built-in tool.

Critics faulted Apple’s new application for unreliable landmark searches, routes that get users lost and lack of public transit directions, prompting Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook to issue a rare apology to consumers. Google’s map had been installed on every Apple tablet and smartphone since the iPhone’s debut in 2007.

“It’s embarrassing for Apple to reuse Google’s map application as it suggests Apple failed to meet market expectations,” said Hwang Min-Seong, a Hong Kong-based analyst at Samsung Securities Co. “This shows how much harder Apple had to push itself to come up with great innovations, only for it to end up as a big mistake.” .................(more)

The complete piece is at: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-12-13/google-unveils-mapping-application-for-apple-iphone-ipad-users.html



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marmar Dec 2012 OP
Panasonic Dec 2012 #1
xchrom Dec 2012 #2
hobbit709 Dec 2012 #3
NYC_SKP Dec 2012 #4
jberryhill Dec 2012 #5
Eddie Haskell Dec 2012 #6

Response to marmar (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 09:44 AM

1. Heard about an Apple Maps error that has sent users to the outback without water and proper vehicles

 

just the other day - and Australia *BEGGED* Apple to fix it, IIRC as it is dangerous - 115 degrees in the outback, sandy desert and lost.



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Thu Dec 13, 2012, 09:48 AM

2. du rec. nt

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 09:52 AM

3. But, but, Apple is perfect. Nothing ever goes wrong with an Apple product.

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Response to hobbit709 (Reply #3)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 09:59 AM

4. Oh, things go wrong but then they fix them, usually for free!

And yes, I saw your

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 11:15 AM

5. Whoever wrote that headline should be shot

Headlines can be hard enough to sort out, but that one is just plain awful.

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 11:18 AM

6. So I just opened Google Maps and looked for Yellowstone ...

The whole damn park is missing.

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