However what people forget is that the only have employee numbers in the thousands (engineer employees etc not retail ones). This means apple doesn't have the major user base to BETA test features/hardware software etc.
If you have a look at all the launches of new ios's and iphones/ipads etc bugs and problems always occur after the launch becuase there are millions of users testing them in wildly varying conditions.
Apple will now have a couple of months worth of data coming in from millions of ios 6 users to help correct + improve the maps app. If apple were to continue for another year testing/improving the maps app behind closed doors whilst still using google maps it wouldn't get no where near the amount of data from its employees than from its ios 6 users. The exact same applies for SIRI. They both needed to be released into the wild such to speek, to get millions of users data back to help improve the software. Both should say BETA on the website!
Yes ..... Times do change and opinions along with them. Thanks for posting this."We didn't think we'd do well in the cell phone business. What we've done instead is, we've written what we think is some of the best software in the world to start syncing information between devices."
"We look at the tablet and we think its going to fail. Tablets appeal to rich guys with plenty of other PCs and devices already."
(Oh and in the first video: "Watching videos on a tiny little screen isn't that much fun.")
Well said man!!! Well said!!It's arguable that it would have been impossible to improve the maps beyond a certain point before launch.
Let's look at it this way, we're talking about a phenomenally large dataset, gathered from various sources and stitched together. And the vast majority of it is correct and complete. What you're looking for now are those several thousand needles in several million haystacks. Another year in stealth mode might not have found even half of them and, if that were the case, we'd be seeing the same level of anger and disappointment a year from now but with the added downside of having spent an entire additional year without proper turn-by-turn and vector based graphics.
If that is the case, and I'm fairly sure it is, then Apple did the only thing they could do - they bit the bullet and got the pain over with so that, a year from now, they will have a comparable quality maps product and have made a huge step in moving themselves away from one of their biggest rivals. For all the pain Apple is dealing with now it could be said that Google is dealing with more. They lost 100 million users on mobile in the space of a week. 100 MILLION! That's a big old dent in their revenue stream and a huge reduction in their ability to grab data.
I guess what I'm saying is that this could well have been Apple's least worst course of action. That isn't to say we should all be barred from criticism but rather that our criticism should take into account the viable choices rather than comparing this path to paths that were just never options to begin with.
No, I think they agree but there's no way to get to the point where they are without going live. The world is too big a place for that.Clearly they felt differently.