Apple, Er… Google Fixes iPhone Maps


Apple, caring deeply about the satisfaction of its iPhone customers, rolled out a fix for its awful Maps application to wild acclaim from commentators, who praised it as the best in the market… Or, not.

Actually, the real news is Google rolled out a Google Maps app for the iPhone today that does everything Apple should have done, but didn’t.

The irony, of course, is it was Apple that wrecked its own Maps app by firing Google as its mapping provider and deciding it could develop a superior product. That product, of course, was badly flawed and resulted in a major PR black eye for Apple.

So Google, after being fired, has swooped back in to rescue those iPhone users who care about actually getting where they are going. Weird, but true.

The really good news is that following my “extensive” testing of the Google Maps app, I can report that it solves the Map apps problem. It does everything the old Maps app did — using Google data — and more. It even gives turn-by-turn directions. The critics are raving.

The New York Times’ David Pogue said:

Today, Google Maps for the iPhone has arrived. It’s free, fast and fantastic.

What’s left to say after that? Just go ahead, download it and forget the Maps app fiasco over occurred. Although, I’m sure it won’t be that easy for the folks who work at Apple.

3 thoughts on “Apple, Er… Google Fixes iPhone Maps

  1. Jesse F.

    Great great write up. What baffles me is why in the first place the execs at Apple thought they could conjure up a mapping application in could out perform Google maps… Have they been working in the background for quite sometime? Otherwise there’s no way in hell they could’ve actually thought they’d be a competitor.

  2. Jesse F.

    Reblogged this on Jesse Fogarty`s Blog and commented:
    I guess Apple maps proves everyone make mistakes.

    However, one question that plagues my mind is why the hell Apple executives thought their maps application could compete with Google maps. Realistically the only way their app could come close to packign in what Google maps provides would be if Apple had been developing their own maps app for quite sometime. But, as we’ve come to either hate or love about Apple if they were developing such in the background then we could rest assured a leak would have surfaced long before the first write up (about 6 months from launch).

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