Apple’s iPhone Update Leaves Out Google’s Maps

By Brian X. Chen and Nick Wingfield, The New York Times:

Millions of iPhone customers may soon find themselves losing touch with an old friend: Google’s maps.

On Wednesday, Apple released a software update for the iPhone that, among other changes, replaces the Google maps that have been on the phone since 2007 with Apple’s own maps. So far the feedback from reviewers and early adopters of the new software is that it is attractive but suffers from holes and glitches.

For example, some have found that searches for an in-town destination can pull up an entirely different city, and there is no built-in information about public transportation.

Apple’s previous versions of iOS, its mobile software system, included a Maps app that was made by Apple but powered by Google’s mapping service… Read more

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