Did Apple Get Exactly What it Wanted for Users in Google Maps Spat?

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    The Loop reader Keith Huss shared an interesting look at how the Apple Maps fiasco actually turned out really well for end users, now that Google Maps has gone live on iOS.

    In the end, Apple has gotten exactly what it wanted for its users when it introduced its own mapping solution: turn-by-turn directions and lots of choice in mapping. Additionally, Apple is prominently displaying third-party map apps on the App Store (with Google Maps at the front), and delivering perhaps the best maps experience on mobile.

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    Article Link: Did Apple Get Exactly What it Wanted for Users in Google Maps Spat?
     
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    Strat-e-gery....
     
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    Reverse reverse triple reverse psychology.

    Good move by Apple indeed.
     
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    It's good for all.

    The simple (read native) solution is to use the built in Maps app. For those that love Google products they can download. I'm sure that developers will implement a link to GM if it's installed in some apps.

    Both Apple Maps and Google Maps will be divergent and Apple will be free to take their technology down the path they prefer and likewise for Google.
     
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    "Bottom line: Apple took one for the team (ate some ****) and fooled Google into doing exactly what Apple has been asking for years."

    Sure. And Ping was just a way to get Facebook to update their iOS app.
     
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    gmanist1000

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    Or they hated Google and wanted to get rid of everything Google on their phone :cool:
     
  7. macrumors 6502a

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    Allow users to set a default mapping solution, so when I ask Siri for directions she pulls up Google Maps instead of Crapple Maps, THEN I'll believe this was all planned.
     
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    this is a bit of a stretch to put it mildly.
     
  9. macrumors 6502a

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    The spin is priceless.
     
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    So it was planned all along ;)
     
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    So the Australia incident was part of the marketing plan too? Apple has always prided themselves on making products and apps that work as you'd intend them to do. I don't see how deviating from that would be helpful for Apple's image. There's an awful lot of spin on that article, and there's no why I'm buying that.
     
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    Whether apple intended this or not, its a win win for customers. Going from one basic google maps option, to apple's map and a far better google maps is awesome for users.
     
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    Why can't they get along?
    I love Google products on my iOS devices!

    They make a great team, if you ask me
     
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    No this is what Richard Williamson wanted all along.
     
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    I think they had to settle for the very opposite of what they wanted. They got the best mobile mapping but it's not got their name on it.
     
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    fanboy logic?
     
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    This is exactly how I saw it. The trolls had no idea.
     
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    Which is why they approved the Google Maps for iOS!

    Oh, wait...

    I'm less sure than you are. I have been thinking about this, it's certainly plausible.

    Whether it was smart (if they did indeed plan to do this) is another question. Google could have simply not participated, for one.

    Interesting, strategery indeed (yeah, that's a word now, I hate it).
     
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    Unintended consequence is the more plausible scenario.
     
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    Highly doubt this was the case. :rolleyes:
     
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    Lol apple fanboy spin.
     
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    Apple has nothing to fear.

    If you're a developer you likely not going to extend a bunch of effort to skip Apple's Map API and write to Google when you can't guarantee that the end user has Google Maps installed on their iDevice.

    Basically this move is great. It shuts people up but there's no chance that Google can make a beachhead against the native Mapping solution. People, by and large, are going to go with what came with their phone.
     
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    Google Maps isn't perfect either, even though they've had about a 5 year head-start over Apple.

    As per this article:

    http://www.networkworld.com/news/2012/121312-australia-google-maps-265083.html?hpg1=bn

    :eek:
     
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    this reads like religion. congrats.
     
  25. macrumors G5

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    Spin.

    Google didn't refuse to give Apple what they wanted. Apple and Google weren't able to reach an agreement. Apple wanted the new features. Google wanted the App to be branded Google Maps and also to integrate Lattitude.

    Since neither party would concede, the rest is history.

    The users got what the users wanted (mostly) - except for true OS integration. Apple didn't get anything but bad press. If Apple REALLY wanted to give its users everything Google was able to provide - they would have conceded during negotiations.

    Giving Apple "credit" to this is laughable.
     

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