Originally Posted by anantksundaram
That is a terribly silly argument. I am sure you know that. Please stop.
It's not a silly argument. The opposite of his argument is that you should never attempt to replace the "industry standard" unless you already surpass it. Google Maps certainly didn't surpass Mapquest or paper maps when they first released it. It only developed to where it is now, with lot's of incorrect information and still a few glaring errors after years of user feedback. But, according to the logic of, "That is a terribly silly argument," they should never have released Google Maps, after all, they were years behind the competition when they did. (And the, "it's not 2007," argument is just a variation on the preceding.)
So, now, everyone considers Google Maps the "industry standard", despite the fact that it is still imperfect, mainly because it's what they've gotten used to using. According to the, "That is a terribly silly argument," logic, no one should ever try to produce another mapping service unless, on the first day of it's release it's better than Google Maps in all respects. An impossible task in mapping, so everyone should just give up.
It takes time to do big things and big things often have some rough edges at first. Apple is definitely trying to do some big things with Siri and Maps. There will be some pain at the beginning, but it's ridiculous to think that the rough edges won't be smoothed out, and in the case of Maps, probably fairly quickly. So, one can carp about Maps, Lightening connectors, floppy drives, or one can realize that change is difficult, but if it takes things in a better direction, it's worth the difficulty.
No one knows the details, but what if the alternative to Apple's Maps was no maps. What if the alternative was ads in your face whenever you wanted to use maps. What if the alternative was that Apple had to share user data with Google.
Clearly, even if none of those was entirely the case, the alternative was that Google was able to control an important part of the user experience on Apple's products. Keeping Google Maps, at whatever price, might have been the easy solution, but taking control of your own destiny is the courageous path, and I have no doubt that Apple's Maps, which are already quite good, will quickly grow to be a service that a great many people will feel they can't live without, and which will provide a better user experience than Google Maps would have.