Apple dug it’s own hole by replacing the much Beautiful Google Maps with its crappy Apple Maps (powered by TomTom) on iOS6 – There I said it.
The sheer disaster is very obvious from the tweets all over the world. Some of the non-techies woke up with a surprise with the features that they lost like public transit details/biking/walking directions etc which were replaced with a less-used Fly over maps (Again just for the US).
Here’s a comparison between how it was (Google Maps), and how Apple Maps (with no data). It’s almost as if the whole area has been demolished over night by Apple destruction crew. Our only hope is that Google comes back to the rescue of the poor (not $ wise) iOS6 users.
Google Maps (Before)
Apple Maps (After)
Here are two ways to get back Google Maps that we’ve tried out.
Using the Mobile Safari Version of Google Maps (No new app installation required)
Using 3rd Party Tools which serve Google Maps – PD Maps Worldwide Edition (FREE)
It’s not just the Google Maps app that got removed, but also other applications say – Google Latitude that use the default OS maps. It now shows me in the middle of nowhere, thanks to bad data availability.
In the case of Google Local app – Google woke up recently and it now shows a static image and then launches the Mobile Safari to show the business POI details (instead of launching the Apple Maps app). It probably makes significant money from this (that’s the urgency).
Know any other application that does a better job? Let us know in the comments.
So what do you like about iOS6 ? I love being able to do FaceTime calls now over 3G.
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