That Aimlessly Wandering Person Probably Has An iPhone

Apple devotees who rushed to download the latest version of the iOS operating system for iPhones and iPads were in for a bit of a surprise in the new Maps feature; it’s getting people seriously lost. In the new iOS 6 Apple has removed the Google supplied Map application (as well as the native YouTube application) in favor of Apple’s new Maps application. Apple’s new Map application includes free turn-by-turn navigation (which the old Google Maps did not), a feature that Android phone users have had for years. The problem with the new Maps application is that the data behind Apple’s fancy 3D capable interface is not very good. For example, this from The Amazing iOS 6 Maps Tumblr site:

Left: Apple Map on iPhone 4S, Right: Google Map on iPhone 3G.

If you’re ever in Hong Kong, you may not know which road is one direction, which line of subway goes where, or what the road names are, but you’ll DEFINITELY know how to find the Apple store.

So go easy on your iPhone and iPad using friends, for many of them this is their first taste of free turn-by-turn navigation. Too bad they might literally be standing out in the middle of a field looking for a Starbucks.

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  • jim_m

    Apple has a long history of eschewing anything that is not developed in house. For decades they refused (still do) to allow other manufacturers to clone the mac. This resulted in limited availability and limited software applications. The reason that macs did not have virus problems is that it simply wasn’t worthwhile to create a virus for a computer that hardly anyone used. This is just a product of that same parochial thinking.

    • Commander_Chico_Cognoscente

      I used to agree with you on Apple not licensing their technology, but it appears their business model is working out well.

      But the second after they lose their innovative edge and hipness, they’re done.

      http://www.investmentu.com/2011/December/microsoft-vs-apple-2012-and-beyond.html

      • jim_m

        That in itself tells me that their business model is not robust. Plus, the only thing keeping the iPhone successful is Apple’s legal challenges keeping the competition off market. Android phones are generally more user friendly and have more options.

        • SCSIwuzzy

          Android’s big challenge is OS fragmentation. You can still buy a new phone today using 2.2 and a phone bought in the last 6 months may never get upgraded from 4.0 to 4.1.

          • fustian24

            It’s not the only problem, but it is certainly a huge one.

            We’re going to see pretty soon now whether both Microsoft and Google drop the old business model and adopt Apple’s. Google owns Moto Mobility now and Microsoft looks like they’re going to build their own tablets.

        • fustian24

          In a commodity world where the definition of computer is basically static, the Microsoft business model makes sense.

          But in a dynamic world where technology changes, you either have vertical control or you can’t do anything very interesting.

          That’s what enabled Apple to own this space. Microsoft couldn’t mobilize themselves and all of their partners to build the infrastructure necessary to enter this new world. They’re still failing at it. Remember how plays-for-sure was going to destroy iTunes? I don’t think so.

          This map thing is a tempest in a teapot. You like google maps, go to maps.google.com and bookmark it. Good to go.

          Apple will either spend the money to make their homegrown map application relevant or they won’t. But that’s all irrelevant to the fact that they are making really great and interesting phones.

          I suspect that a lot of the noise over the new Map application can eventually be traced back to Google. Like Obama, they are panicking.

    • fustian24

      As opposed to, say, Microsoft?

      Hell, they even wrote their own computing language (C#). What was wrong with C++?

      And, what about Google? Why didn’t they just go with writing apps for Apple? Hell, they wrote an entire operating system from scratch. They wrote their own proprietary mail tools, word processors, and every other thing under the sun. I thought they were just a search company? How come they keep eschewing anything not developed in house?

      The more of your infrastructure you control, the more interesting things you can do. Everybody knows this, but it’s always Apple that gets tagged.

      It’s just FUD. Don’t fall for it.

      • jim_m

        No. Google writes software aps. Apple does both the hardware and software and tries like the devil to control the software while making it illegal to clone the hardware. That means that the hardware stays excessively expensive and the consumer gets ripped off.

        DOn’t get me wrong. Apple is brilliant at innovating. They have to in order to survive. If they do not they end up like RIM with the blackberry.

        • fustian24

          Google is primarily a search company. They sell ads. It’s what brings in the bills and it is all they did for quite a while.

          They have branched out into apps. They could have done deals with other companies in the app business, but they eschewed apps not developed in house. Isn’t that what Apple is supposed to be guilty of?

          And on what planet does Android count as an app? If Google were just in the app business as you suggest, they could have written apps for blackberry, for Nokia, Microsoft, and for Apple.

          But they eschewed anything not written in house and wrote their own OPERATING SYSTEM! Isn’t that the kind of thinking that Apple is supposed to be guilty of?

          And just writing software is no longer working for Google. They are being shut out of the single most popular platform on the planet. And they’re not getting sufficient support from handset makers. Those guys, just for example, are often very late to the latest Google releases. If they ever get there. This makes the Android store a hot mess.

          So they bought Motorola Mobility. And the big question is whether they just did to get access to some patents in this space, or did they get it because they’ve decided they simply have to adopt the vertical business model Apple has been riding?

          We should know reasonably soon.

    • fustian24

      By the way, the virus thing is also wrong. There were plenty of Mac viruses right up until Mac OSX came out. I used to get them all the time. And the percentage of Mac users wasn’t that different than it is now. Maybe fewer then.

      OSX was just a substantially more bulletproof operating system and still is. There are no actual mac viruses in the wild yet. Trojan horses, but no real viruses.
      A PC is just more attackable and always has been.