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  • Apple Launches Maps Section in App Store


    Following this morning’s public apology letter by Tim Cook, stating that users will be able to use third party navigation applications from the App Store as an alternative to Apple’s Maps application while Apple works on making it better, Apple has launched a ‘find maps for your iPhone’ section in the App Store on iOS 6 devices.

    The section takes you to a pane where you can scroll through most of the App Store’s most popular mapping and navigation applications. Some are free, but some are quite pricy. Among the list of mapping applications Apple has included are MotionX, Waze, MapQuest, Navigon, Bing, and several more.

    If none of the App Store choices meet your standards, you can go into Mobile Safari and add a bookmark icon of Google Maps to your home screen. This will launch Mobile Safari and load up the Google Maps Web application for you as soon as you tap the application icon on your home screen. Apple posted a guide on how to do that this morning at this link.

    Regardless of installing a third party navigation alternative, users may still opt to use Apple’s Maps application if they so wish to. Apple has stated time and time again that as more people begin using their Maps application, the better it will get.

    If you’re looking for a halfway decent mapping application with turn-by-turn navigation that isn’t Apple’s Maps application, Waze is 100% free with no strings attached. It includes all kinds of extra features that you also might like. Check it out.

    Sources: App Store via MacRumors
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Launches Maps Section in App Store started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 19 Comments
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      Wow, they are really going all on damage control.
      I'm so glad Tim Cook is in charge. Jobs would never have apologised, let alone admit there was an issue.
    1. ncruzpr's Avatar
      ncruzpr -
      Jobs would have blamed it on the Earth
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      Quote Originally Posted by ncruzpr View Post
      Jobs would have blamed it on the Earth
      Yeah, sorry our Maps are perfectly fine, you're just in the wrong place.
    1. tabit's Avatar
      tabit -
      waze in the craze

      waze IS the craze
    1. Perceptum's Avatar
      Perceptum -
      Quote Originally Posted by ncruzpr View Post
      jobs would have blamed it on the earth
      lmao
    1. AUZambo's Avatar
      AUZambo -
      Quote Originally Posted by ncruzpr View Post
      Jobs would have blamed it on the Earth
      Quote Originally Posted by feidhlim1986 View Post
      Yeah, sorry our Maps are perfectly fine, you're just in the wrong place.
      Hilarious. Well played.
    1. The6uest's Avatar
      The6uest -
      Jobs would have done it right from the beginning.

      For me the maps seems pretty good so far. I haven't used it much but it seems accurate in my area.
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      Quote Originally Posted by The6uest View Post
      Jobs would have done it right from the beginning.

      For me the maps seems pretty good so far. I haven't used it much but it seems accurate in my area.
      Like how he took about 4 years to ship iOS with a Clock App that doesn't freak out over daylight savings time
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      Quote Originally Posted by feidhlim1986 View Post
      Wow, they are really going all on damage control.
      I'm so glad Tim Cook is in charge. Jobs would never have apologised, let alone admit there was an issue.
      Jobs also wrote an open letter "apology" when they dropped the price of the iPhone. He went even further and gave us a $100 credit.

      Apple - To all iPhone customers
    1. unison999's Avatar
      unison999 -
      They need to allow people to set default map app so when I find an address in Safari it will open up in the correct app.
    1. soccer22champ's Avatar
      soccer22champ -
      What is the problem with maps? Is it not accurate or something? I just got mine yesterday and have only opened maps and put some locations in and it seemed to work just fine.
    1. ChicagoV's Avatar
      ChicagoV -
      Quote Originally Posted by ncruzpr View Post
      Jobs would have blamed it on the Earth
      This made me laugh...
    1. *T*'s Avatar
      *T* -
      Wow

      This must be agonizing for apple, to come out with an apology recommending competitors, and even launch a section in the App Store for competitors. Steve jobs is likely rolling in his grave right now, cringing
    1. izzy1990's Avatar
      izzy1990 -
      I dont get the big deal of maps works fine for me and i use it everyday never got lost yet
    1. JIMSOND's Avatar
      JIMSOND -
      Just give us Google Maps... the maps on the phone suck..............
    1. rcm's Avatar
      rcm -
      wow they are now explaining in the website how to add web pages to the home screen.
    1. alexevo's Avatar
      alexevo -
      Jobs would have done it correctly from the beginning? Yeah like the daylight savings glitch, the alarm glitch where it goes off sometimes but no sound comes out, and Siri who still needs quite a bit of improvement.

      Let's face it, Google hosed Apple because Apple wanted to add turn-by-turn and Google thought that would threaten Android. In other words, Google gave Apple a taste of it's own medicine.

      Try to sue your way out of this one, Apple.
    1. lthornton's Avatar
      lthornton -
      I have been using Waze for over a year. Love it. I have also used the new Apple maps and saw nothing wrong with it, except for a wrong street name.
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      Wow