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The iOS Maps fiasco is not hindering iPhone 5 sales

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The iOS Maps fiasco is not hindering iPhone 5 sales
Although many would have thought that the problems and media buzz surrounding Apple's notorious iOS 6 maps would stop some people from buying the iPhone 5, it looks like no one really cares that much.

Piper Jaffray analyst Eugene Munster has conducted a survey across 20 Apple stores and has found out that there are only 4 of them which still have some remaining stock - mostly Sprint models. Apparently, the analyst believes that the issues with Apple's map data are not disturbing enough to drive the crowds away from Apple's latest and greatest.

But if it's not a problem that would hinder the sales of the new device, then why did CEO Tim Cook come out with an official statement to apologize for the rocky start of the service? AllThingsD reports that an unnamed source, said to be familiar with Apple's PR department, believes that Apple has done this to minimize the damage done to Apple's brand:

“How quickly did things go from ‘This never would have happened under Steve’ to ‘Holy shit, the CEO of the most powerful company in tech just came clean and took responsibility for a mistake? Hours, right?

Well, we certainly cannot deny that there's been a significant change of tone after Cook's statement.

Anyways, it looks like the new Maps with 3D view and turn-by-turn directions are OK for most users, so those iPhone 5s will just continue to fly off the shelves. Meanwhile, though, the company has also promised to keep working on iOS Maps in order to fix all weirdness and turn it into a well-rounded product that can compete with services like the ones from Nokia and Google. Let's hope that Cupertino will get there sooner rather than later!

source: AllThingsD

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posted on 01 Oct 2012, 07:13 7

1. Peter98 (Posts: 119; Member since: 01 Aug 2012)


Improvement is always welcome.

posted on 01 Oct 2012, 07:59 7

13. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1236; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


improvement is always welcome but it doesn't give a company the right to sell crap to its customers. If a product is in beta dont release it commercially, invite developers to improve upon it and then release it.

Flying off shelves...yeah reight those anal-ysts can keep telling themselves that! Where are the numbers apple used to pride itself on?

posted on 01 Oct 2012, 08:25 2

19. biophone (Posts: 1976; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


Android releases beta stuff all the time too. More then apple does actually.

posted on 01 Oct 2012, 08:36 7

23. PowTheBowl (Posts: 86; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)


The bad thing about Apple is that they don't tell people that the Apple Maps is beta, thinking that it is the final product, if it was called beta then it'll be understandable.

posted on 01 Oct 2012, 08:43 4

25. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1236; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


same goes for siri...

posted on 01 Oct 2012, 08:44 4

26. PowTheBowl (Posts: 86; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)


nah, Apple announced it was beta :)

posted on 01 Oct 2012, 09:38

35. biophone (Posts: 1976; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


That guys original comment said nothing about stating if it beta or not. He said beta is wrong apple came out with a beta product therefore they are wrong. By his own logic then android does beta and are shameless for selling incomplete products to customers.
My feelings are there is nothing wrong with beta when only done when necessary with big projects.
Lastly tim cook apologized for the maps being a beta product and its not like users who bought the phone didn't have alternatives which he pointed out.

posted on 01 Oct 2012, 11:58 3

57. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1236; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


for a phone that costs USD $700 to a whooping USD $1764 depending on which country you're in...I would say Tim cook and apple aint doing enough buddy.
I f I paid top dollar for a product I shouldn't be having to look for alternatives in any aspect....period!
Android does release beta, they announce it too and they make sure no major essential service activity is affectd. Small apps in bets is fine...nothing worong with it.
Apple my friend released a faulty maps app...which is an essential service, same goes for wi-fi bug and don't even get me started on their hardware...nicks and scratches out of the box??? Wht their hardware is in beta too? :)
Apple has lost its thunder.

posted on 01 Oct 2012, 12:28

67. biophone (Posts: 1976; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


1)wi-fi problem fixes already being sent out..
2) Nicks etc are a rare problem out of the box. Atleast this phone is durable. Who cares if it may scratch a bit if it doesn't break easily.
3) google releases major products in beta when released google maps was beta. Flagships phone also had major software problems. For example the galaxy nexus.
4) iphone is priced similar to competition.

posted on 01 Oct 2012, 13:56

74. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)


yea dude you're missing the ENTIRE point about this argument.........apple is getting looked down on because they were.......and you can believe still are trying.......to be that company that is full of pride lies and other negative stuff.......The things that is happening to them is also true that android has been there at the beggining, like you said........But again you are missing the point apple is being brought low from their prideful mindset as if they are perfect all the time.....while these things that are happening to them are fixable they still have to be made the same as the competition out there or maybe even lower than them.......justice will be served..... peace

posted on 01 Oct 2012, 13:18

73. noim1 (Posts: 297; Member since: 15 May 2012)


well thats just goes to proving How Dumb iPhone owners are and how a.pl is ripping them off....its such a pity...

posted on 01 Oct 2012, 08:45 3

27. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1236; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


you're right bu the difference is that android may have apps in beta which by the way are still more functional than iOS apps...BUT at least android releasing any major essential service in beta or a weirdly non-functional way...apps i can bite no problem but major services i just cant...Apple needs a clean up on aisle 7

posted on 01 Oct 2012, 10:59 1

48. biophone (Posts: 1976; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


Android does major services in beta as well. Major services are more understandable since they are large undertakings. It took google maps 7 years to get where it is today. Maps won't get there on its first swing. Thats just unrealistic.

posted on 01 Oct 2012, 11:24

51. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (unregistered)


and google still labels maps in beta. thats the difference

posted on 01 Oct 2012, 11:59 1

58. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1236; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


and those maps in beta are still awesome :) Thats innovation!
better than any other maps app you'd find

posted on 01 Oct 2012, 11:37

52. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (unregistered)


you are right. its not realistic to think that apple maps can be as good as google/nokia but it happened because apple made it a really big deal. they removed google maps and dint even labeled it in beta. i really dint like steve jobs but i am sure if he was running the show he would have never allowed this.

posted on 01 Oct 2012, 12:38

68. biophone (Posts: 1976; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


They had too they couldn't keep on lettin google get its users location data. Steve jobs most likely started this up. Maps most likely have been a work in project for a while.

posted on 01 Oct 2012, 08:46 7

28. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


the difference is Google labels it as a beta, where Apple markets it as "the worlds most powerful mapping service", which even if it worked properly, would still be a lie out of their ass. Seriously, what feature makes it 'the worlds best/most powerful"? Even at 100% function it has about 1/3rd of the functions and depth of Google maps.. at best.

posted on 01 Oct 2012, 09:08 3

31. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1236; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


I think Apple company is a beta!
I mean what company makes the main selling point of a device (iPhone 4S) to be a beta software and then follows it up with another dumb-a$$ move by making Apple Maps one of the main the selling point of iPhone 5? (oh thier screen is still in beta it seems they haven't decided on the right 'size')

But hey guys you know what's even more troubling...people who wanna buy it beacause of the beta stuff and pretend to be cool...disturbing :)

posted on 01 Oct 2012, 09:41

36. biophone (Posts: 1976; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


Maps was more of minor selling point. The major selling points are thinner, lighter, LTE, screen, awesome metallic design, and updates to Siri.

posted on 01 Oct 2012, 09:46 1

37. PowTheBowl (Posts: 86; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)


Apple bragged how awesome the Apple Maps were at the announcement and could have been Apple's major selling point.

posted on 01 Oct 2012, 12:44

69. biophone (Posts: 1976; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


could have yes. but it isn't.

posted on 01 Oct 2012, 10:10 3

41. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (unregistered)


"The major selling points are thinner, lighter, LTE, screen, awesome metallic design, and updates to Siri."

are you serious ?

posted on 01 Oct 2012, 10:56

47. biophone (Posts: 1976; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


http://www.apple.com/iphone/

Click through the slide show those are the major selling points. I forgot to mention the A6 chip though. Maps was more of a minor one. Having navigation and flyover where the two biggest selling points of maps.

posted on 01 Oct 2012, 10:26

42. Jobes (Posts: 364; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)


The Etch-a-Sketch back too ya?

posted on 01 Oct 2012, 11:48 2

55. Ivan6479 (Posts: 250; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


"Maps was more of minor selling point. The major selling points are thinner, lighter, LTE, screen, awesome metallic design, and updates to Siri."

Yeah because who really needs maps right? Lol Sorry man you need to get in touch with reality. If maps was minor I don't think Apple would have spent all of the money and time to get this new mapping system up and running. Ditching Google maps a year before there contract up was a huge deal. Unfortuanetly they just failed epically.

posted on 01 Oct 2012, 12:16

62. biophone (Posts: 1976; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


maps is a major feature of a phone but not a major selling point of the phone. If it worked well it might have been.

posted on 01 Oct 2012, 12:01 1

59. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1236; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


not to mention nicks and scratches, no natural voice recognition to siri (nice update), wi-fi bug, purple smudges, static lines in ketboard, non-hd screen...you're right awesome selling points :)

posted on 01 Oct 2012, 10:07 1

40. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (unregistered)


can you tell one single thing please which was a main selling point/feature of an android flagship and was as bad as apple maps ?
Google still labels its maps as beta despite being on of the best.

posted on 01 Oct 2012, 11:03

49. biophone (Posts: 1976; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


Thunderbolt was an Android flagship that I bought and LTE was its major selling point. That half a day of battery life I got from that phone because of LTE forced me to return it. And maps was a selling point but wasn't even in the top 5 though.

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