Tag Archive for ‘iOS 6’

‘No Choice but to Replace Google Maps with its Own’ ➝

John Paczkowski reporting for AllThingsD:

Multiple sources familiar with Apple’s thinking say the company felt it had no choice but to replace Google Maps with its own, because of a disagreement over a key feature: Voice-guided turn-by-turn driving directions.

Google had too much control over what Apple was able to do with the Maps application on the iPhone. The new Maps app in iOS 6 could have used a little bit more time in testing to fix some of its data issues. But, I don’t see how Apple had any other choice. And, how much longer could they sit and wait before having voice-guided turn-by-turn directions? I’d err on the side of sooner rather than later.

A Letter from Tim Cook on Maps ➝

Translation: “Stop bitching about maps, it’ll get better. Here’s some alternatives to keep you occupied until we leap frog the competition.”

iOS 6 Maps and China ➝

Apple’s new Maps app has been quite accurate for me during the little bit of time I’ve actually used it. The only time it gave me odd results I simply switched to list view to find the pizza place I actually wanted (instead of the one that was three hours away). A little annoying, but far from the frustrations that others have had with it.

Anthony Drendel, developer of Sunstroke, proves that I’m not the only one that isn’t having problems with the new maps app:

It seems like people really hate the new Maps in iOS 6. Now, I’m not disputing that Maps does give a lot of strange results to a lot of people all around the world, but for a large, large number of people, iOS 6 Maps has been a huge improvement over Google Maps. I’m talking about those of us who live in China (you know, the place with 1.3+ billion people and the second-largest economy in the world). Google Maps was always pretty terrible here. In the big cities and tourist centers, it was passable. Once you left China’s large metropolises, however, you were pretty much on your own.

So, at least a few people are going to be seeing better results with the new app. I guess it’s not a strict downgrade.

The Amazing iOS 6 Maps ➝

I haven’t had any trouble with the maps app yet. However, it appears there’s still quite a bit of work to do.

Update: Jim Dalrymple reminds us that you can still use the web version of Google Maps by going to http://maps.google.com/ on your iOS device and adding it to your home screen.

iOS 6 Moves Podcasts to Separate App ➝

Peter Kafka:

People familiar with Apple’s plans tell me that when its new iOS 6 software becomes widely available this fall, podcasts will have their own app, where users will be able to discover, download and play them on mobile devices. Users who access iTunes via laptop and desktop machines will still find them in that version of iTunes, though.

I hope the app will have automatic episode downloads but I’m afraid that won’t be the case. Automatic downloads doesn’t seem like the kind of thing Apple would be interested in. But who knows, maybe Apple’s implementation will at least send you a push notification when a new episode is available.

Apple Announces iOS 6 ➝

New Maps app, Passbook, and advancements in Mail, Safari, Siri, and more. iOS 6 looks great, but I’m a little disappointed that the original iPad isn’t supported. I can’t say that I’m surprised, Apple was going to cut it off eventually, but it was a little sooner than I would have liked.