If you were one of the millions, who either bought the new iPhone or down loaded Apple’s new iOS 6, you’ve noticed that you don’t have your Google Maps anymore… and you almost cried after realizing how good really you had it.
Although the iPhone’s hardware is amazing and truly beautiful, the new replacement Map app leaves something to be desired. Even CEO Tim Cook said that, the company “fell short,” and their going to keep working on it. He even goes onto offer alternatives to his own product!
Here’s the letter to Apple customers from CEO Tim Cook, formally apologized for their new Maps app that was released with the new iPhone 5 and iOS 6 releases:
To our customers,
At Apple, we strive to make world-class products that deliver the best experience possible to our customers. With the launch of our new Maps last week, we fell short on this commitment. We are extremely sorry for the frustration this has caused our customers and we are doing everything we can to make Maps better.
We launched Maps initially with the first version of iOS. As time progressed, we wanted to provide our customers with even better Maps including features such as turn-by-turn directions, voice integration, Flyover and vector-based maps. In order to do this, we had to create a new version of Maps from the ground up.
There are already more than 100 million iOS devices using the new Apple Maps, with more and more joining us every day. In just over a week, iOS users with the new Maps have already searched for nearly half a billion locations. The more our customers use our Maps the better it will get and we greatly appreciate all of the feedback we have received from you.
While we’re improving Maps, you can try alternatives by downloading map apps from the App Store like Bing, MapQuest and Waze, or use Google or Nokia maps by going to their websites and creating an icon on your home screen to their web app.
Everything we do at Apple is aimed at making our products the best in the world. We know that you expect that from us, and we will keep working non-stop until Maps lives up to the same incredibly high standard.
Tim CookApple’s CEO
I for one have faith and believe that they will turn it around and build the “world class” map application… but until then, gimmy back my Google Maps!