It's true, though, that iPhone users can just go to the mobile Google Maps website, but I'm not sure it offers all the functionality that people had with the previous Maps app in iOS that ran on Google Maps.
Download MapQuest: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/mapqu...316126557?mt=8
It's free, has turn-by-turn navigation, traffic information and uses the NAVTEQ database (same as Yahoo Maps, Bing Maps, Garmin, etc).
I knew there would be another "antennagate". Apple product launches are so predictable. Don't get me wrong - I'm not saying this isn't an issue at all, but like most issues with new Apple products it's overblown. The vector graphics, UI, and turn-by-turn nav are huge improvements over the previous app. But it's true that none of that matters much if the mapping data isn't accurate.
It seems like the maps are hit or miss depending on location - most major North American cities are generally OK. I agree this is not good enough, but this too shall pass.
I'm sure Apple is dedicating a lot of resources toward improving this ASAP. To be fair to them, Google was holding back turn-by-turn nav so Apple had little choice but to go their own way. Mapping is a huge endeavour that takes many iterations to become good. I hope Apple attacks this issue with full force.
As for the impact on the stock, there may be a temporary overblown reaction but I don't see this being an issue long term. Google Maps is still available through Safari and they'll have their own app before the end of the year.
You could also have said getting into the music and phone industries was not Apple's core competency - they were primarily a computer company for much of their existence. Companies branch out - they just need to be careful about it.
They're all cloud-based...
The error rate will only fall so far if relying on customer input to correct. And every correction will be a negative customer experience...
I wonder why Apple doesn't just tap into OpenSourceMaps, which is basically the wikipedia of maps. It's only a matter of time before OSM surpasses anything else imo as there's no way any company can keep up with a crowd source with something that big. Apple already tapped into crowd sourcing for the apps, no way they could have made all those apps themselves. There are just far too many updates and changes.. I used it exclusively on vacation in places I didn't want to buy another map, and now I use it exclusively in Europe. It has hiking trails, abandoned roads, bike trails and interesting POIs that Google/Garmin etc does not. Found lots of cool things using OSM that my Garmin maps didn't have so I don't even bother with the maps I paid for anymore.. You can download an OSM app free for iOS and you can easily fix any errors if you find them, which you cannot do on Google/Garmin/TomTom etc. Anyone can take the OSM data and make a nav app out of it.
When everyone thinks the same they don't think at all