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iLost: Good Luck Finding Anything on Apple's New Maps App

Authored by: Steven Blum — Jun 14, 2012

It's as if Apple has just told their iPhone users to "get lost."

It's unclear how iPhone users are going to be able to find anything now that Apple has abandoned the Google Maps platform for their own maps app. If you just take a look at the maps below, you'll see that Apple maps lack much of the functionality of Google's, including information on subway lines, traffic and lots more. Guess this means iPhone users are going to end up lost in the wrong neighborhood, desperately phoning their Android-owning friends for directions.

Apple Maps currently lack street names, street directions, subway stops and emphasis on major streets. There's also virtually no information on popular bars, restaurants and tourist spots. Only parks and neighborhood names have been added.

Traffic, meanwhile, is barely mapped out, although Apple promises to use user information in the future to determine where the slowdowns are occuring.

Satellite view also lacks Google Maps' level of detail.

And forget about Street View, for which there is no comparison in Apple land.

Of course, it wasn't iPhone users who demanded their phones be rid of Google Maps. Rather it was the head honchos over at Apple who decided to play dirty and ban Google from the iPhone. I'm sure most iPhone users would rather have Google's superior services but, unfortunately for them, Apple is run by didactic lunatics.

Eric pointed out that having more players in the Maps arena could ultimately benefit users on all platforms. This might be true. In the future, Apple will likely add more to their Maps. But for now, installing such an incomplete app on new iPhones will only serve to hurt Apple. Maybe the company has a longterm plan, maybe they don't. Or maybe, as I suspect, they don't really care if iPhone users are hurt, so long as they squash Google.

Source: Gizmodo

Steven Blum has written more than 2,000 blog posts as a founding member of AndroidPIT's English editorial team. A graduate of the University of Washington, Steven Blum also studied Journalism at George Washington University in Washington D.C. for two years. Since then, his writing has appeared in The Stranger, The Seattle P-I, Blackbook Magazine and Venture Villlage. He loves the HTC One and hopes the company behind it still exists in a few years.

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  • Eric McBride Jun 14, 2012 Link to comment

    iShocked

    Not really. Apple should have never started this one. Google OWNS Maps. That's almost as dumb as Apple making their own search engine. I WISH they would try it just so they could embarrass themselves.

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  • headshrinker Jun 14, 2012 Link to comment

    iCan'tBelieveit

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  • Georg Seebode
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    Jun 14, 2012 Link to comment

    @chris and @steve - thanks for that, I asked 2 people about that today and neither had a clue lol

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  • Eric McBride Jun 14, 2012 Link to comment

    iLaugh! LMAO!

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  • DaBartonator
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    Jun 14, 2012 Link to comment

    I feel that apple is just taunting google for a lawsuit!!!

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    Nick N. Jun 14, 2012 Link to comment

    iLost - LOL, priceless!

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  • kss imkum Jun 14, 2012 Link to comment

    They loose in the end. Steve had always had one priority ...His customers in mind. Now in short time; Applegeese will have it so priority will be finding any customers! !!!

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  • PatPion Jun 14, 2012 Link to comment

    @Eric, iLaugh!

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  • Eric McBride Jun 14, 2012 Link to comment

    iLost

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  • Steven Blum Jun 14, 2012 Link to comment

    To access Street View on any Android, just click a location, and an option will pop up to view it in Street View. You can follow roads simply by tapping twice in the direction in which you want to travel. It's super easy and, as I said, no comparable function exists in Apple's Maps app...and it would take a lot of time and energy for Apple to develop something comparable.

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  • Chris Cantrell Jun 14, 2012 Link to comment

    @Georg.S - Yup you have missed something. Google maps zooms in to street view it's really cool when it does it as you arrive at your destination. You can also download areas so that you don't need a connection to navigate. Was great in Bangkok and Singapore when i didn't want to pay data charges

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  • Georg Seebode
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    Jun 14, 2012 Link to comment

    Am I missunderstanding something here or is Apple going to completely remove Google Maps from IOS6? And talking about street view? As far as I know street view isnt really an option on android at the moment either or did I miss something there?

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