Google Maps have been enjoying a lot of attention from iOS users lately thanks to the Maps disaster in iOS 6. In a recent interview, Google’s Chairman Eric Schmidt told AllThingsD that Apple should have kept their Google Maps app.
Apple decided to part ways with Google and gave iOS users a brand new Apple Maps, which didn’t turn out to be as good as it was supposed to be. CEO Tim Cook apologized to iOS users and said that the company is working very hard to improve the Maps app in iOS 6. You can still use the Google Maps web app on your iOS 6 devices, but it isn’t as good as the original Maps app. Also, Google Maps for iOS won’t be available until late this year.
Speaking to Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher of AllThingsD in New York City, Eric Schmidt had this to say regarding Apple ditching Google Maps in iOS 6:
Apple should have kept our maps. They’re better maps. Apple decided a long time ago to do their own maps … [now they've] discovered that maps are really hard.
He’s very much right! Maps isn’t an easy game, and Apple has already learned what they did wrong. But, Google Maps weren’t so great when they first launched, it took them years to get to the point where they are at today. Apple, I’m sure, will also get there in the not so distant future. They’ve only just started and their Flyover feature and coverage in the U.S isn’t bad at all. Maybe one day, users will prefer Apple Maps over Google Maps.