Major Backlash Looms For Apple’s New Maps App?

With today's release of iOS 6, Slashdot discusses a story named Major Backlash Looms For Apple's New Maps App.

Their summary: "Michael DeGusta writes that Apple's new Maps app is the very first item on their list of major new features in iOS 6, but for many iPhone and iPad users around the world Apple's new maps are going to be a major disappointment as the Transit function will be lost in 51 countries, the Traffic function will be lost in 24 countries, and the Street View function will be lost in 41 countries. 'In total, 63 countries with a combined population of 4.5 billion people will be without one or more of these features they previously had in iOS,' writes DeGusta. 'Apple is risking upsetting 65% of the world's population, seemingly without much greater purpose than speeding the removal of their rival Google from iOS. Few consumers care about such battles though, nor should they have to.' The biggest losers will be Brazil, India, Taiwan, and Thailand (population: 1.5 billion) which overnight will go from being countries with every maps feature (transit, traffic, and street view) to countries with none of those features, nor any of the new features, flyover and turn-by-turn directions. Apple's maps are clearly behind in some key areas, but they will presumably continue to improve over time. Google has committed to making their maps available everywhere, so it seems likely Google will release their own iOS maps app soon, as they did with YouTube, which has similarly been removed from iOS 6."

3 comments

  1. meh.. too much hyperbol from the article. There are maybe 400million iDevices out there, maybe 100million will be eligable for iOS6.  Few million people does not make 4.5 billion. Who really uses StreetView on their phones anyways? Also like this comments: http://blog.lumatic.com/post/31863865686/ive-been-using-ios-6-for-a-few-months-and

    Basically if you have issues now don't worry, Apple will get better, Google will loose a large userbase.

  2. i use the streetscape everyday. im raging at this and youtube being gone. although there is a youtube app so ive that on now.