Apple execs "seething" because everyone loves Google Maps

Apple execs "seething" because everyone loves Google Maps
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. 



51. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

As other Apple insiders have written, there is a culture of arrogance inside Apple. Them being upset that they failed and that their competitor is heralded as the savior is only par for that type of course. Hubris.

34. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

So... Siri was a working app before being released as an integrated but beta labeled app, and the iPhone had still had a year left on the contract for a working maps app yet again went with an integrated, but beta product. Hmm... It seems Apple is very adamant about not letting its users make their own mistakes, but has no problem letting their users fix Apple's mistakes. The next iPhone shouldn't be called the Apple iPhone 5S; it should be the iBeta. iBeta get a different phone.

37. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

Oh, I guess beta testing goes back a bit further than that even with the whole finding out their new antenna technology on the outside of the phone lead to greater attenuation requiring a rubber band.

29. Jay..Apple4Ever

Posts: 16; Member since: Dec 08, 2012

They are angry because they are guilty..They were boasting about how their maps were so good..It wasn't ready and it backfired big time..Now here comes google with their awesome Maps to save the day..Apple needs to realize that others create great software too not just them.. Instead of "seething" they should wake up and start "seeing" reality, which is they messed up. Anyone who's anyone knows I love Apple and their Eco system fits into my lifestyle but what's fair is fair.

31. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

as long as they continue to "seeth" they will continue to be knocked down! plain and simple.........but it was said before that apple is being MADE to be humble its not a choice anymore.....

33. darkkjedii

Posts: 31800; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Very well written post. I totally agree.

27. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

And they should be seething. Like I said the other day, let this be a lesson for Apple.... I still feel if they woulda labeled it wouldnt have been that big a deal.

25. kushki

Posts: 49; Member since: Nov 19, 2012


24. darkkjedii

Posts: 31800; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Well apple should get up off their asses stop resting on their laurels, and handle this map fiasco. Apple has the clout, capital, and other resources to get it handled. Just do it. If apple allows themselves to get left in the dust, it's no ones fault but their own. One thing I will say about google, and believe me I can say a lot of good things about el goog is that they don't rest on their laurels, they keep it pushing.

28. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1778; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

ahahaha remember saying this. 3 months later... is it "all good" 29. darkkjedii posted on 20 Sep 2012, 10:28 2 12 Nope it's not, but do u honestly expect apple not to address these issues with future updates and fix it. C'mon... Apple released a brand new from the ground up map app, with no prior experience in the field, they will get it rite with a few updates and it'll b all good.

32. darkkjedii

Posts: 31800; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Yes I do, and apple had greatly improved maps since then. I'm a man, and don't back down form what I say bro. And I'm also not a fanboy...there's stuff I don't like about apple and will damn well say it. Also rants on PA isn't my life. I have a fiancé, and a son to look out for. My schedule is AM cardio, work, PM weight training, and family time. In 3 months copy and post this.

41. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1778; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Really?! Because you post comments a lot bro. Most are at people talking shit against Apple so hmmmm

42. darkkjedii

Posts: 31800; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Bro I don't work for Apple you don't work for Google so I can absolutely care less. I have an iPhone five and I love it I have a HTC one X and I love it so that is that and that is all I can care less about the issues at hand when they are fixed they are fixed and that is that

43. darkkjedii

Posts: 31800; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

And one more thing I don't understand Apple I defend peoples right to use Apple's products googles products Windows product and BlackBerries product or whatever else they want to use. The reason that I end up defending iOS more because is of stupid android users who want to sit there all day and bash iOS and disrespect iOS Users because they choose to use that particular platform and I will continue to do such

22. darkkjedii

Posts: 31800; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Well apple should get up off their asses stop resting on their laurels, and handle this map fiasco. Apple has the clout, capital, and other resources to get it handled. Just do it. If apple allows themselves to get left in the dust, it's no ones fault but their own.

20. drnggaj33

Posts: 127; Member since: Feb 29, 2012

i luv it plus apple sales and china didnt sale well too .....because they know android is the world wide ppl in the usa stuck on stupid apple logo ,,,,but i see ppl using google+ on the iphone apple should try work with companys not try to battle all the time....thats aother reason why android is open minded not apple stuck in their ways

17. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Interesting how the silence from the usual suspects community of Apple defenders is so pervasive. Both this thread and the thread about Apple's share price. I mean at least make an effort.

50. nwright94 unregistered

I think most people who don't absolutely hate apple have moved to another website because the comment sections are ridiculous. Personal attacks on everyone from some of the android crowd if your post isn't about hating apple. This is becoming a great android site, like androidcentral, but if you actually enjoy using some apple products (I'm not bashing android at all btw) then other websites are far far far better.

54. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

With as much RIM and WP coverage PA does....I wouldnt say this is becoming a great Android site. What you see happening is Android and its popularity. Thats all.

55. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Im not defending Apple's mistskes, but I think this is an excellent example of propaganda propagated by writers all over the Internet. I'm sure Apple isn't happy with how this all turned out but where does the "seething" come in. After reading the source, it was clear that John Gruber is just a random blogger/writer on the Internet who has no idea what's going on in Apple.

16. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

Yea, they brought it on themselves. Why couldnt apple had just did something with the Google Maps APIs to create their own navigation program for it? Google Maps Navigation is just a separate app that uses Maps APIs for example to provide turn by turn voice navigation, Apple could have done the same and saved themselves a LOT of headache.

12. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

Where's Wendy???

13. HouTexan

Posts: 462; Member since: Jan 08, 2012

Probably crying on another article about "eye cancer".

14. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Shhhh, we're having a secret wedding. She doesn't even know about it. >=]

15. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

I'd wait until after school. Actuarial science majors usually have a pretty rough schedule without the extra attention that a family requires.

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 !

6. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011


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.

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