Originally Posted by Mac_128
Why do you care? What's the point?
Tim Cook has already said Apple made a mistake, and tacitly admitted with a milquetoast public apology that Apple's Maps is not as Good as Google's web app by suggesting users use it as a result of their dissatisfaction with Apple's own.
Take a course in critical thinking. Nothing in Cook's letter says that they made a mistake, nor does it say that it's not as good as Google's app.
You might want to start by reading the letter for comprehension instead of simply pretending that it says what you want it to say.
Originally Posted by anonymouse
Perhaps, but you have to consider that Google spent months poring over the Apple Maps betas to find errors.
That's what I don't get. Google has clearly been lying about this matter. First, they claim that they were blindsided and had no warning, and then it becomes clear that they've been working on alternatives for months (see their introduction of new features, for example. Those don't happen overnight).
So it's OK for Google to flat out lie, but if someone finds a single error in an Apple map, it's the end of the world (even though there are errors in Google's maps, too)?
Originally Posted by SolipsismX
Don't play dumb. The issue is with utility. That includes accuracy, feature set, and responsiveness.
As previous stated Apple does wonders with the responsiveness, the UI, offering TbT when that simply wasn't possible sticking with Google Maps, and likely not having my data sold so readily, but you are ignoring the areas where Apple is still behind Google.
That's a perfectly legitimate argument - and one that I've never disagreed with. If you need street view, then Apple's Maps is inferior to Google's Maps. (personally, I don't see the value - if you know how to read a map, just what good does Streetview or Flyover do?) If that's your criterion for choosing a map, though, Google Maps is the way to go. No question about it.
But that's not what this entire maps-gate issue is about. Groups like the NYT are screaming that Apple's Maps are unreliable - without a shred of evidence to back it up.
Originally Posted by RichL
OK, here's the meta-analysis from Google.
Google results for "apple maps wrong" in the past month: 2,590,000 results
Google results for "google maps wrong" in past month: 2,240,000 results
Percentage of top 10 hits for "apple maps wrong" talking about problems with Apple Maps: 100%
Percentage of top 10 hits for "google maps wrong" talking about problems with Google Maps: 20%
Thus, number of relevant hits:
Apple maps wrong: 2,590,000
Google maps wrong: 448,000
(I went for "wrong" rather than "sucks" so that its a factual statement rather than an opinion. Hopefully the number of Google maps users balances out the hysteria and newness of Apple maps)
So 1 million people repeating the same unfounded assertion makes it true?
jobs is god 285,000,000 hits
google sucks 98,800,800 hits
rich is a moron 5,880,000 hits
Since all of those got more hits than 'apple maps wrong', they must be more true, right?