Apple execs "seething" because everyone loves Google Maps

Apple execs
Google Maps for iOS is a pretty awesome app, and everyone knows it. It soared to number one on the iTunes chart, and has widely gotten rave reviews from around the Internet, but not everyone is so happy that Google Maps is awesome. Not surprisingly at all, Apple execs are reportedly "seething" because of all the Google love going around.

This really isn't a surprise, but word has it that Apple execs are really angry at how this all played out from the widespread panning of Apple Maps, the myriad jokes about Apple's screwed up maps app, and of course Google riding in to save the day with a great maps application. The thing that confuses us a bit is exactly why Apple execs would be so angry given that they brought all this on themselves.

Sure, there are rumors that Google was withholding turn-by-turn and vector graphics from the baked-in iOS Google Maps of old, but it was still Apple's choice to cut ties with Google when there was still a year left on the deal in order to put out its own maps app which was clearly not ready for prime time. 

And, it could get even worse for Apple if developers make use of the SDK that Google released with its new iOS Google Maps, and start bypassing Apple Maps in favor of hooking directly into Google Maps on iOS devices. 

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55 Comments

1. DigitalBoy05

Posts: 274; Member since: Jun 04, 2011

Definitely a poor move. I would have milked that contract for the extra year to prep a proper map application

4. KazEmpire

Posts: 39; Member since: Nov 07, 2011

they did that because they had'nt anything new for ios 6.

7. maxican16

Posts: 364; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

Great point this!

8. Aeires unregistered

Same reason Siri was released as a beta product, there wasn't enough wow factor for that release without it.

11. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Except iMaps wasn't released as a beta product. Maybe now it is being called a beta product, but at release, there was no such disclaimer.

26. SleepingOz unregistered

They even called it as the "most beautiful, powerful mapping service ever," LMAO!

30. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

hahaha......thats funny

46. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

I think I just see where they get the beta designation: "most BEauTiful, powerful mApping service ever," Bet you never knew it was a beta release, did you?

48. rrpcfc24

Posts: 8; Member since: Dec 06, 2012

i guess they were drunk when they said that or probably they were looking Google maps on S3 !!! LMAO !!

49. rrpcfc24

Posts: 8; Member since: Dec 06, 2012

i guess they were drunk when they said that or probably they were looking Google maps on S3 !!! LMAO !!

35. MeoCao unregistered

Seething? I can imagine Tim Cook is slapping himself everytime he sees a praise for Google Maps. As there are a lot of them so Tim must be slapping himself wildly LOL. Seething it is.

40. parkwaydr

Posts: 572; Member since: Sep 07, 2011

I could see Jonny Ives newest job title. Tim cooks personal bitch slap receiver.

2. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

"The thing that confuses us a bit is exactly why Apple execs would be so angry given that they brought all this on themselves." Projection. It is much easier to blame someone else for their f*ckup than to accept responsibility. Call it Forstall syndrome.

38. MeoCao unregistered

This is Apple's culture: Never apologize, never accept responsibility. In fact it is said that Steve Jobs never gave any1 2nd chance so at Apple only mad people accept responsibility for a failure, that's why Forstall refused to sign the apology.

53. DetroitTech

Posts: 66; Member since: Nov 02, 2011

Except Steve Jobs probably wouldn't have let out the map program the way it was. He would have whipped people into the night until it was... perfect. It's true but he would have been praised for it. Unfortunately that's how it's got to be in this tight business race. There is no room for mediocritity.

3. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Google Maps is a great free advertisement for Android, if you like it, come and get the whole Google experience. Even the dumbest have to know when to jump ship.

18. nyamo

Posts: 274; Member since: Mar 19, 2011

and the chinese know, considering how they didn't line up for blocks to pick up the iphone5

21. noim1

Posts: 297; Member since: May 15, 2012

Google was waiting for the right moment.... When all the bad horrendous criticizing reviews abt imaps was starting to flourish..google was waiting for this moment... To come and rescue all the isheeps which got lost and Google showed them the way back to the herd & earn their trust.. To show them there is something more than the cage you are living in.come into the land of Android, where freedom and possibilities are endless!!!

39. MeoCao unregistered

Great point! I guess people reason like this: Google's software is sooo good, and Android is Google's software so why not give it a try? And now they realize Apple's lack of innovation is naked fact.

44. Ruckus

Posts: 286; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

Listen fellas, Google Maps wasn't always great and still has many flaws. For example I live in Pennsylvania. It says the university of Oregon State is half a mile from here?? Also says we have two RadioShacks when there's just one. Apple is just starting out, give them time. They'll get it. Im not saying Apple Maps will be as good or better than Google Maps but they'll greatly improve it.

47. MeoCao unregistered

I see your point, the problem for Apple is their maps has very little chance now. They had the chance, did not take it and it's gone. You can convince 1, 2, 3.. people but for the millions Google Maps is the best and rightly so. Without people using it Apple Maps has no chance to catch Google Maps. Some huge fumble from Google will give it another chance, but things now are not in Apple's hand anymore.

52. poopsicle

Posts: 3; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

This makes no sense. Just because iPhone users are excited for Google Maps, doesn't mean they should go get the full Google experience. Android is buggy, always has been, always will be due to the way it is built. When you have THAT many manufacturers, THAT many UI's, THAT much fragmentation with software, app developers cant make stable software. Granted, no software is 100% stable but iOS is MUCH more stable than Android. Have you ever compared two of the same apps on Apple and Google. the iOS version always works/looks nicer. I'm no Apple fanboy. I just had an LG Optimus G for a few weeks. And that thing did more buggy software crap than my iPhone of the past year ever has.

56. OSFantasma

Posts: 119; Member since: Sep 27, 2011

sorry just have to reply... Do you mean to say apple has no bugs? Apples not buggy well this article you just commented on has proved your comment irrelevant why do you think millions are downloading Google maps BTW i didn't thumb you down.. Also please describe what you were experiencing when you say something is buggy it could be anything. If you don't want that optimus G im game just send it my way. i'll take great care of it....

5. ray77

Posts: 126; Member since: Nov 17, 2012

Apple who is ur Daddy

19. dsDoan

Posts: 235; Member since: Dec 28, 2011

Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ronald Wayne.

36. .MISTER.H.

Posts: 11; Member since: Dec 14, 2012

Samsung Sony LG is Apples daddy!

45. Ruckus

Posts: 286; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

That was a waste of a post. LG and Sony wishes they were Apple.

6. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

HEHEHEHE! ;)

9. MorePhonesThanNeeded

Posts: 645; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

When you are frightened by changes in your guaranteed money you will resort to all sorts of tactics to stem the tide. Hence the slap dash methods applied by Apple of late, right now they are not the Darling of the tech world anymore and they are hating this more than anything. It's what happens when you become so full of yourself you think you can do no wrong and then one day someone pulls the rug out from under you and you fall flat on your face. On your way up to the top remember to treat those you pass with dignity and respect because when you fall you will see those faces again, lol.

10. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

well said !

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