Google (GOOG) has submitted an iOS Google Maps app to Apple (AAPL), but is awaiting approval,...


Google (GOOG) has submitted an iOS Google Maps app to Apple (AAPL), but is awaiting approval, reports 9to5 Mac. While Google waits, it can enjoy the mountains of bad publicity being produced by the missing features and inaccuracies found in Apple's iOS 6 Maps app, the product of multiple acquisitions and (reportedly) nearly 5 years of development. Apple's maps switch "is a rare example of the company openly placing its own interests above those of its customers," writes The Verge's Nilay Patel. (previous) Update: Sources tell AllThingsD the team responsible for Apple Maps "is under lockdown right now working to fix it."

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  • Sacto_Joe
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    All the "bad publicity" is a joke. This is simply a bunch of Apple competitors trying to turn this into another "antenna-gate", hoping to dent Apple's sales of the iPhone 5. Good luck with that....
    20 Sep 2012, 05:53 PM Reply Like
  • Drobilliard
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    Apple aren't angels. They do a lot of stuff that damages progress, choice and innovation in their desperate attempts to stay on top. Don't kid yourself, Apple aren't in for a smooth ride, their sales will fall. Their model can't stand the way it does forever. It's not a conspiracy to affect sales, it's simply a fact in this case, as were the antenna stories.
    20 Sep 2012, 08:34 PM Reply Like
  • pirota
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    Hey Apple you can't solve software problems with supply chain management I hope you realized that !
    20 Sep 2012, 05:58 PM Reply Like
  • blejsmith
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    Another insightful comment from the Troll
    20 Sep 2012, 06:42 PM Reply Like
  • oesteves
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    I've been using the apple maps for day and a half and new things keep popping up. One thing that A-maps has is accident reports, missing on G-Maps. Graphics are better and vector maps are superior on A-maps. Apple maps is pretty new, it shall catch up as time passes by.
    20 Sep 2012, 06:00 PM Reply Like
  • John1138
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    I do appreciate the incident details, something I've seen on WAZE but is missing from Google.

     

    Of course for those who want Google it's available, as always, via the browser: with handy directions on how to drop an icon on the home screen. So it will be just like an "app" with one click launching.

     

    I do appreciate the wicked fast updating of the screen with the Apple map, probably what others are meaning by the vector map superiority.
    21 Sep 2012, 02:01 PM Reply Like
  • jswieter
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    I'll take Apple maps over Google maps any day. Google maps always felt like a hack job. Built by programmers....not designers. UI was always clunky. Plus, Google has always felt like a sneaky company.
    20 Sep 2012, 06:03 PM Reply Like
  • Herr Hansa
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    Amazing that some people like the graphics above functionality. Despite that Apple Maps is licensed from TomTom, there are functions that Google Maps has that are not yet in Apple Maps. People who were use to those previous functions, will miss those additions. I had a super hard core Apple developers and user show my Apple Maps on the newest iPad yesterday. His biggest concern was that developing an app that makes map calls would be a little more restrictive, though he was somewhat optimistic that Google Maps for iOS 6 would be available soon.

     

    Since I have used Google Maps on a daily basis, it was easy to see the differences. I hike quite often, so the lack of terrain maps would be missed. I also travel to many cities, and do not always have a rental car, so transit maps are another thing I would miss. There is no equivalent to Google Street View either, though honestly it is not something I use much. The tie-in with Yelp is an interesting feature in Apple Maps, as is the advertising on the top of buildings, but not things I find of use.

     

    Criticism can be in the form of hoping that things will improve. Not every Apple user simply accepts what they are handed, without hoping that it improves. Eventually I think Apple Maps will improve a great deal, but at the moment it seems just a little too early of a release.
    20 Sep 2012, 06:15 PM Reply Like
  • DanoX
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    Why, Google beta has always been accepted thru the years, I mean where is the Q. Google is a competitor to Apple and had to go, Apple and Google simply came to a impasse over maps and it won't be the last impasse, Google is going to find, in the next year revenues drying up with Apple, Microsoft, and Amazon. In addition the losses with keep adding up with Motorola and will be over 1 billion dollars by the end 2012.
    20 Sep 2012, 06:43 PM Reply Like
  • Herr Hansa
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    My feeling is that more competition is better than less competition, but I do not agree with restricting choices.
    20 Sep 2012, 06:50 PM Reply Like
  • DanoX
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    The Amazon Kindle was sold at Walmart but not anymore why? Walmart woke up to the fact that Amazon was a direct competitor, you are not required to have a corner of your store designated to your competition. You can compete at a polite distance across the street or at a different store web site, Apple's App store is more valuable by far which is why Google and Amazon want to freeload.
    20 Sep 2012, 07:29 PM Reply Like
  • Herr Hansa
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    Years ago Steve Jobs, in an interview in Wired Magazine, just prior to rejoining Apple, stated that it is not possible to control the distribution of content. However, it is interesting to watch Apple now move closer and closer to doing just that. That pleases the cult of fans, in that they get whatever Apple serves them. As a long term user of Apple computers, I am disappointed with this direction, and I do not think it is a good long term strategy. Obviously someone forgot to place a packet of AAPL flavored Kool-Aid in the box with my MacBook Pro.
    20 Sep 2012, 07:45 PM Reply Like
  • Geoff MacDonald
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    That analyst misses the point Apple has tried to make with everything else. When everything is integrated under the same roof, it just works better, making it better for the customer. Granted it has a long way to.
    20 Sep 2012, 07:01 PM Reply Like
  • kevin0770
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    Maps is back!
    20 Sep 2012, 07:15 PM Reply Like
  • psasucks
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    Apple is the only company of any kind subjected this type of scrutiny. The Map app will be fine for most people as is, the rest will be using google maps or waiting for the undate this brand new app.
    20 Sep 2012, 07:54 PM Reply Like
  • Jax3
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    Face it: The Map app is a step back on a customer facing product of importance. Jobs would never have allowed it to happen. Just the lack of the access to mass transit scheds has worked a big hardship on me. Not what I have grown to expect after 25 years of progress.
    20 Sep 2012, 08:47 PM Reply Like
  • VeryCurious
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    Anybody remember the little Apple "bomb" icon, or did you ever use a paperclip to access the programmers key ? Apple isn't perfect, and even though I've used the products, starting with Lisa, i'm still a bit repulsed by the ecosystem. Long Aapl but wary of the future.
    20 Sep 2012, 09:14 PM Reply Like
  • aperture1
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    While the Apple maps app might not have every feature of the Google app, I have been using it for a full day and find it much better than the Google version. If nothing else, the turn by turn navigation with voice direction is a monumental improvement. I was lost today driving to an appointment and the new app came to my rescue very quickly. The new app is a true GPS.

     

    So I currently conclude that any bad press is pure bogus. If after more use I find otherwise I will let people know.

     

    I am not sure, but I think IOS 6 has faster access to the Internet than 5. Has anyone else noticed this?
    20 Sep 2012, 09:28 PM Reply Like
  • Herr Hansa
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    http://vrge.co/R3Vcpe

     

    Check out the screen shots at The Verge. Oddly enough, they have been very pro-Apple and mostly positive about Apple products.
    20 Sep 2012, 10:35 PM Reply Like
  • debtfree1
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    Apple should say yes to Google's map app until it perfects their own.
    20 Sep 2012, 10:53 PM Reply Like
  • balan
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    Absolutely !!
    Although, I'm thinking that'd be like Apple approving an Amazon app.
    20 Sep 2012, 11:05 PM Reply Like
  • John1138
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    You mean like Kindle?
    21 Sep 2012, 02:03 PM Reply Like
  • chopchop0
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    That would be very pro-consumer and un-Apple. From the days of the first iPod that had no FM tuner to the current iterations of IPhone that still don't allow for extra onboard memory storage or plug-n-play USB connectivity, Apple has remained consistent
    23 Sep 2012, 11:27 PM Reply Like
  • DanoX
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    Apple released the iPhone without the Apps and the App store, one year later they had both, Microsoft released Bing-Maps and Bing two-three years ago and no one is laughing anymore certainly not Google, Microsoft is now in control for their RT and Surface releases, no revenue for Google and no dependence on them.

     

    Apple had to part ways with Google, painful but not from a money standpoint, Apples 4 quarter 2012 will be the best in history of the company, while Google will lose over billion dollars for the year on Motorola.
    20 Sep 2012, 11:46 PM Reply Like
  • chopchop0
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    Sounds like you have something against GOOG. Wont happen. Apple needs GOOG for search and maps.
    21 Sep 2012, 12:02 AM Reply Like
  • jmadara
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    Google stands to make more money off ads in YouTube and Google Maps instead of being native apps.
    21 Sep 2012, 02:20 AM Reply Like
  • Herr Hansa
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    http://bit.ly/Of194q

     

    The errors continue to pile up. This is hilarious.
    21 Sep 2012, 02:42 AM Reply Like
  • bobbobwhite
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    Steve Jobs always placed the interests of Apple above those of customers. However, customers were always treated great as a result because Apple products were/are great and the product roll outs were done with great creativity, panache and professionalism in order to best promote Apple.

     

    "Never think about the money first. Always keep the work first and do it the best, and the money will follow."
    21 Sep 2012, 09:37 AM Reply Like
  • TwistTie
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    Programmers should not be allowed to get anywhere near computers.
    21 Sep 2012, 11:04 AM Reply Like
  • mitrado
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    5 years of development for this joke... and Apple expect to fix iOS Maps in a few weeks? Miracle workers, are they? :-P
    21 Sep 2012, 06:30 PM Reply Like
  • MasterOfOptions
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    AAPL iOS 6 map is a copy. AAPL is stealing someone's ideas, GOOG or others should go to court to stop AAPL stealing ideas and ruining consumer confidence about map is being used in the mobile telecommunication devices... Lol.. and hope it can win as making a square in the mobile devices is also an infringed patent. AAPL is not inventor, it is a copycat of everything...although not all... But still a copycat. Please make the new Iphone 6 a new product, not just sharper screen, faster processor A7 chip, blah blah..what a boring crap...
    23 Sep 2012, 06:10 AM Reply Like
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