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September 21, 2012

Apple Maps Way Behind Google Maps

Apple and Google are definitely on war. Cupertino giant—Apple is slowly removing Google from its system. They have excluded Youtube app on its iPhone 5 and so with Google Maps which has been part of iPhone since it was launched in 2007. And since iPhone 5 has officially been introduced, latest casualty between these two tech giant war is Apple MAPS.

Technology gadget reviewers have been criticizing Apple Maps who said that Apple’s version of maps doesn’t provide directions for public transportation and sometimes it gets confused when navigating users.

“The biggest drawback I found is the new Maps app,” according to Wall Street Journal‘s Walt Mossberg. He further added, “iPhone version of Google Maps had fallen behind of what Google was doing on Android coz it didn’t have voice prompted turn-by-turn navigation.”
“Apple believes that they can deliver better experience for customers than Google,” said Sarah Rotman Epps, an analyst at Forrester Research.

But figures show that customers aren’t bothered at all with Apple’s weakness. Apple has set another record breaking in iPhone history and perhaps in smartphone sales. It sold over 2 million pre-orders of iPhone 5 in just 24 hours after it was launched.

Owners of the older versions of iPhone had already received an update to Apple’s iOS mobile operating system. Users will definitely lose the Google Maps app that came with the older version of iOS and will be replaced with this new Apple Maps app.

But overall tech reviewers would say that iPhone 5 is an excellent phone. It’s the thinnest and lightest smartphone ever made. Apple would just need to improve its Map application if it wants to go at par with its archnemesis google.

Source: BusinessWeek, WSJ
Image Credit: Apple


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