i understand Apple's motivation(s) for moving away from Google and that's fine but as much as I might dislike Android (after using it), Google Maps does have a very nice and complete product. If Apple was going to put themselves out there like this, they needed to make sure they put up a much bigger effort than they did. The irony of course is that they touted the new maps so much, and despite the superficial polish, they're not nearly as good as google. Also, suggesting outside apps to gain back some of the functionality of google is in my opinion against the whole Apple experience. Android's the one that had half-baked apps where I needed a separate app for each function. Apple was the one with integrated, polished products. If I wasn't a dedicated mac user I would seriously think about looking at the other phones, sadly few integrate as well with mac (or anything else) as iphone. Still, given this trend to put things out in beta, and to take away functionality, I'm a little worried about the future direction of Apple (everything being soldered in on the retina MBP was another warning sign). They are siting on a pile of cash and instead of pushing the boudaries they are making some dumb calls. I support them making a real alternative and competitor to google in the maps arena, but with as much money as they have, couldn't they have done a much better job? Sad thing is we probably will not see major improvement for another year(next iOS), and i'm guessing that the maps are still not going to be anywhere near the level of detail that google has. It took then a decade to accumulate all that data, and even if Apple does the same much faster I still see it taking several years... that's several years for iOS to live without the ease and functionality it had, unless google puts out the app (which still will not integrate with everything). I know I have access to the web google maps, and I own the TomTom app for when Im out of cellular coverage, but I do hope google makes a full featured google maps apps for iOS and soon! Some of the pictures out there, where google has info and every little building, transit line, etc vs iOS having blank space, are very telling.