Apple CEO Tim Cook has taken responsibility for the horrendous nature of Apple Maps, a new mobile offering that rolled out to iOS 6 users on September 19.
In his letter, Cook writes:
“At Apple, we strive to make world-class products that deliver the best experience possible to our customers. With the launch of our new Maps last week, we fell short on this commitment. We are extremely sorry for the frustration this has caused our customers and we are doing everything we can to make Maps better.”
Cook goes on to admit:
“We launched Maps initially with the first version of iOS. As time progressed, we wanted to provide our customers with even better Maps including features such as turn-by-turn directions, voice integration, Flyover and vector-based maps. In order to do this, we had to create a new version of Maps from the ground up.”
“There are already more than 100 million iOS device using the new Apple Maps, with more and more joining us every day. In just over a week, iOS users with the new Maps have already searched for nearly half a billion locations. The more our customers use our Maps the better it will get and we greatly appreciate all of the feedback we have received from you.”
Tim Cook’s suggestion to Apple iOS 6 users over the short term?
“While we’re improving Maps, you can try alternatives by downloading map apps from the App Store like Bing, MapQuest and Waze, or use Google or Nokia maps by going to their websites and creating an icon on your home screen to their web app.”
“Everything we do at Apple is aimed at making our products the best in the world. We know that you expect that from us, and we will keep working non-stop until Maps lives up to the same incredibly high standard.”
In the meantime, Google is believed to be combining its street views, standard maps, and Google Earth programs in order to create an “Apple Maps killer” that will be available as a third-party download.
Do you think Apple Maps can recover and become a competent Google Maps competitor?