Current Weather
The Spy FM

Do You Know The Way To San Jose? iPhone Users May Not

Filed by KOSU News in Business.
September 21, 2012

As I write this I’m certain that there are people at Google smiling. I’d venture to say CEO Larry Page may actually be laughing. Why? Because everyone is complaining about Apple’s new mapping system — the one that replaced Google Maps in Apple’s newest mobile operating system.

Apple and Google are fighting a war for dominance in the smartphone market. When Apple founder Steve Jobs was still alive he told biographer Walter Issacson that Google’s Android operating system for mobile was a stolen product based on ideas from Apple. He vowed to go “thermonuclear” to destroy Google’s Android.

There have been various fronts in this war — among them Apple’s international patent battle against smartphones and tablets running the Android operating system.

Apple won a major battle against Samsung in a San Jose federal court last summer. It got a $1.05 billion verdict against Samsung for patent infringement. (It isn’t over, though: Samsung is appealing.)

When Apple introduced its new mobile operating system along with the iPhone 5, no one was surprised that Apple nixed Google as its default mapping system and introduced a mapping service of its own. It’s even got Siri’s voice telling you which way to go.

The only problem is, she may not know where she’s going. The complaints about Apple’s maps have come from everywhere — from New Jersey to London. Apple fans in Tokyo and France might not even be able to see the streets of their city, let alone get the 3-D experience Apple promised.

The London Telegraph wrote that Paddington Station isn’t on the map and that the town of Stratford-upon-Avon is marked as Shottery — a village to the west of Shakespeare’s birthplace.

Reviews say Apple Maps is shoddy. Nilay Patel at The Verge wrote: “Apple’s decision to swap out Google Maps is a rare example of the company openly placing its own interests above those of its customers.”

Blog posts have appeared explaining how you can get Google Maps back on your iPhone. Will Google make that any easier? The company isn’t saying, but its statement seems like a hint that something’s in the works. It wrote that the “goal is to make Google Maps available to everyone who wants to use it.”

But hang on, says Apple. In a statement, company spokeswoman Trudy Muller wrote: “We appreciate all of the customer feedback and are working hard to make the customer experience even better.” In fact, the mapping system in the iOS 6 does get better as it gathers information from people using it. But I hope that Apple doesn’t wait for us users to fix the problems.

If there is a little glee at Google over this flap, it will be short-lived. Mappageddon doesn’t seem to be stopping anyone from buying the new iPhone 5. People are lining up at Apple stores across the globe to buy it.

Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster told Reuters: “The line for the iPhone 5 was 70 percent greater than the line for the iPhone 4S despite Apple taking two [times] as many online pre-orders.” [Copyright 2012 National Public Radio]

Leave a Reply

9AM to 10AM The Takeaway

The Takeaway

A fresh alternative in morning news, "The Takeaway" provides a breadth and depth of world, national and regional news coverage that is unprecedented in public media.

Listen Live Now!

10AM to 11PM On Point

On Point

On Point unites distinct and provocative voices with passionate discussion as it confronts the stories that are at the center of what is important in the world today. Leaving no perspective unchallenged, On Point digs past the surface and into the core of a subject, exposing each of its real world implications.

View the program guide!

11AM to 12PM The Story

The Story

The Story with Dick Gordon brings the news home through first-person accounts. The live weekday program is passionate, personal, immediate and relevant to listeners, focusing on the news where it changes our lives, causes us to stop and rethink, inspires us.

View the program guide!

Upcoming Events in your area (Submit your event today!)

Streaming audio and podcasts

Stream KOSU on your smartphone

Phone Streaming

SmartPhone listening options on this page are intended for many iPhones, Blackberries, etc. with low-cost software applications available to listen to our full-time web streams, both News on KOSU-1 and Classical on KOSU-2.

Learn more about our complete range of streaming services

We're perfecting the patient experience - Stillwater Medical Center