Following the iOS 6 maps debaucle, Apple has just launched a new initiative in the App Store, showing users alternative navigation and maps software.
The development comes following Tim Cook’s open letter of apology regarding Apple’s map software, which is littered with errors and highly unreliable. The new section brings together several different apps including Waze social GPS traffic & Gas, NAVIGON USA, Bing for iPad and MotionX GPS Drive.
I think this is very noble gesture. It takes guts to admit to such a significant error, especially when it comes from a company as large as Apple. This further action wasn’t necessary, and Apple should be applauded for carrying out the initiative. Apple’s decision to offer alternatives in this fashion will undoutedly have an effect on the userbase that returns to Apple’s own map software once it is fixed, so I can’t imagine this decision was taken lightly.
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