#ios 6

John Gruber:

Everyone else in the tech world expected Apple to release its own mapping service for three years, but Google, the one company that stood to lose the most, did not? OK, sure. If you believe that, I have a melted bridge to sell you.

I’m not sure what Google’s play is here in strategically leaking some of this info. Do they want us to feel bad for them? Inspire more outrage against Apple for the Maps situation? The way these stories are set up, the opposite is almost true. They makes it seem like Google is kind of clueless (which I don’t think is actually true).

Or maybe they just felt the need to temper expectations for a Google Maps iOS client, since it’s not coming anytime soon (despite erroneous reports suggesting it was already submitted and Apple was blocking it).

Since we’re just about week into regular, everyday usage of Apple Maps with iOS 6, I started this Branch to get some impressions beyond the hyperbolic headlines. And guess what? People are actually posting well-reasoned, thoughtful, and balanced insights into the feature. Yes, this is actually taking place on the internet!

Anonymous asked:

"The truly staggering number is that over 100 million iOS devices have already been updated to iOS 6" Agreed. That is truly staggering, even more staggering when you consider that not all IOS devices ever sold can even upgrade to IOS 6. Any idea what the percentages would look like you if you adjusted only for those devices that can upgrade to IOS 6? I'm guessing it would be a whole lot more than "roughly one quarter" as you noted.

That’s a great point. There have been something north of 400 million total iOS device sales in total, which means the percentage of people who could upgrade and did is likely much higher. Sadly, I have no idea what that number is.

Unlike Joe Nocera, Jean-Louis Gassée (obviously) understands Apple and is much more thoughtful when it comes to the Maps situation.

He takes a quick swipe at the press coverage of the situation:

Pageview-driven commenters do the expected. After having slammed the “boring” iPhone 5, they reversed course when preorders exceed previous records, and now they reverse course again when Maps shows a few warts.

Then he goes after Nocera himself:

Even Joe Nocera, an illustrious NYT writer, joins the chorus with a piece titled Has Apple Peaked? Note the question mark, a tired churnalistic device, the author hedging his bet in case the peak is higher still, lost in the clouds. The piece is worth reading for its clichés, hyperbole, and statements of the obvious: “unmitigated disaster”, “the canary in the coal mine”, and “Jobs isn’t there anymore”, tropes that appear in many Maps reviews.

Gassée faults Apple for poor wording and marketing around what is clearly not a superior product. I agree with that. In their iOS 6 preview events and the iPhone 5 event, Apple set up their Maps as better than Google Maps. That’s silly and clearly not true. This opened the door wider than it normally would have been for backlash.

Like “Antennagate” before it, the Maps situation is largely being blown way out of proportion. But that is partially Apple’s fault.



My Twitter feed is full of people bitching about the new Apple Maps in iOS6 today, plus IFTTT shutting down pushing tweets into other places because of Twitter’s new TOS. Pretty different things, but in my part of the Twittersphere, similar sense of outrage.

For my part on Apple Maps in iOS6,…

Agree 100% on both topics.

Scott Rafer responding to Anil Dash’s iOS 6 Maps rage:

What’s missing from this conversation is that map usage is critical. Regardless of Google’s PR success in the Atlantic’s unintentionally misleading Google Ground Truth infomercial, more than half of Google’s mobile map usage is going away in the next month or two. I love the Atlantic, but they got punkd. Usage makes maps better a lot faster than software does.

Rafer knows this space well as he’s right in the middle of it. For all the bluster about Maps in iOS 6, I’m surprised how little has been mentioned about the fact that this change is bad for Google too. Really bad.

As Rafer notes about Apple:

They need to stop making Google’s maps better, which is what they’ve been doing moment-in and moment-out for years.

Google had tens of million of iPhones and iPads and iPod touches working for them to bolster Google Maps until this morning with the launch of iOS 6. And not just in the Maps app, through the iOS SDK as well. Make no mistake, the change is going to have negative side effects on Google as well. Which is why I expect them to still make a Google Maps iOS app.

[via John Gruber]

brad-t asked:

To be fair, the fact that iOS6 maps doesn't have public transit really, REALLY sucks. I'm sure I'm not the only person who uses Google Maps primarily for transit directions.

It does, I agree. I’m interested to see how they integrate the third-party apps to do this. 

Still, I suspect Apple will address this with their own solution sooner rather than later.

Read: Please, please, please don’t switch to an iPhone in a few weeks with their new iOS 6 maps. They have no transit! We’re doubling down on transit. Hell, we’re tripling down on it. We’re going to pour every resource we have as a company in to transit. Transit. Transit. Transit. Transit.