Google Maps vs. Apple Maps
While I am not sure if Apple or Google decided that the iPhone 5 would have no longer Google Maps Data; I am sure that Apple’s self-inflicted map app has been widely criticized in the media. In a review by Walt Mossberg in the Wall Street Journal about the Iphone 5 he called it ‘a step backward’ and ‘the biggest drawback’ of the new phone.
After the launch of the iOS6 system, which comes preloaded with Apple Maps, some strange things happened. According to Garside in an article about the new Apple Maps Appin the Guardian (2012) users reported that London had been relocated to Ontario, Paddington station had disapeared, the Sears Tower in Chicago had shrunk, and Helsinki railway station had been turned into a park. The most notable report was in Dublin, where a previously undiscovered airport popped up. Airfield, a 35-acre Greenfield site with working farm, formal gardens and cafe, has been designated as an airport by the Apple database, which has labeled it with the airplane icon it uses for genuine aircraft landing spots.
Mapping is a really important function for smartphones. I always use it when I’m lost and I’m sure I’m not the only one. It’s also an essential way to find something somewhere, whatever you’re looking for. I’m an Android user, so I haven’t experienced the Apple Maps App yet. Anyone who did? What do you think about it? Found any new airports? 😉