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Apple continues to play nice, introduces Maps section in App Store

Apple CEO Tim Cook stunned the world on Friday, with an open letter to customers apologising for "falling short" on the company’s in-house Maps app.

Better still, they’ve only gone and added a bloomin’ Maps section to the App Store, offering alternative mapping solutions to iOS 6's Apple Maps. What the...?

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Review of the week

Review of the week

Lewis Curdie  Sep. 29, 2012 at 13:00

And so ends the last full week in September (pictured). Highlight of the week? Uhm, I... don't know. I finally started playing the first Borderlands; does that count? Of course, next month, we'll have lots of Windows-flavoured stuff to look forward to.

In the world of comments, we discovered that Jan doesn't own a fridge. Seriously, this guy gets weirder by the day. Next week, we'll hear how he travels by horse and cart.

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Tim Cook: sorry, we ‘fell short’ with Apple Maps

Tim Cook: sorry, we ‘fell short’ with Apple Maps

Lewis Curdie  Sep. 28, 2012 at 19:00

Apple isn’t usually one to show any signs of weakness or remorse, preferring instead to brush off criticism with the likes of aluminium gets scratched, deal with it.

It comes as somewhat of a surprise then to hear Tim Cook has conceded that Apple Maps, launched last week with iOS 6, isn’t quite up to the task.

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How to transfer Android contacts to iOS

How to transfer Android contacts to iOS

Lewis Curdie  Sep. 28, 2012 at 13:00

Now that I’m officially Mobot’s “Head Apple Fanboy” (iPhone 5, iPod touch, MacBook Pro, iMac, new iPad, iPhone 2G in a drawer somewhere), you can expect loads more features like these, advocating turning your back on smelly old Android and embracing the “world’s most advanced mobile operating system”, iOS.

I jest, of course, but I do have some hopefully useful tips for those who have made the leap, in particular how to transfer your Android contacts to your iDevice.

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Schmidt to Apple: you should’ve kept Google Maps

Schmidt to Apple: you should’ve kept Google Maps

Lewis Curdie  Sep. 26, 2012 at 14:00

One of the 200+ new features – actually one of the main attractions – in iOS 6 is Apple Maps, which replaces Google Maps after years of loyal service. Alas, despite the fancy 3D flyover stuff, it’s arguably a bit of a downgrade, if anything.

Now, one week after the launch of iOS 6, Google Chairman and former presidential advisor, Eric Schmidt, suggests Apple might’ve made a wee mistake in ditching Google Maps. Oops.

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Gawd, I hate you, Facebook (mostly)

Long time readers of our hallowed pages will know that it’s an established tradition for yours truly to take some time – every few months or so – to have a good moan about Facebook. Previous works include Why I hate the Android Facebook app, and I hate you, Facebook and Skype apps.

To be honest, I was all set to have a major rant against Jan’s favourite social network, but I’m kind of in two minds here. Let’s see how this unfolds.

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Motorola takes a potshot at iOS Maps

Motorola takes a potshot at iOS Maps

Lewis Curdie  Sep. 24, 2012 at 19:00

Unless you’ve been living in cryostasis for the past week, you’ll know that Apple’s Maps app is somewhat, er, lacking in a few areas. Not the end of the world, of course, but important enough to make news headlines, apparently.

Anyway! Google-owned Motorola has taken a cheeky potshot at Apple, with a picture of the Google Maps-rockin’ Motorola Razr M side by side with the iPhone 5.

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Apple seeking out ex-Google Maps staff?

Apple seeking out ex-Google Maps staff?

Lewis Curdie  Sep. 24, 2012 at 16:00

The big furore over the iPhone 5 (other than those scratches) was of course Apple replacing Google Maps with its own not-quite-up-to-the-task-yet Maps app. Oh, the humanity!

Needless to say, Apple will be working flat out to improve iOS 6 Maps, and word on the street is it’s snapping up ex-Google Maps peeps. Makes sense to us.

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iPhone 5 casing super-susceptible to scratches?

iPhone 5 casing super-susceptible to scratches?

Lewis Curdie  Sep. 24, 2012 at 11:00

It’s tradition for the release of any new iDevice to be followed by frenzied reporting of faults, such as yellow hues and overheating. True or not, the claims are always blown out of all proportion.

Now that the iPhone 5 has been released, we’re hearing that the casing - particularly the anodised aluminium rear - is susceptible to scratches. Good lord, no!

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iPhone 5: has Apple finally peaked?

iPhone 5: has Apple finally peaked?

Martin James  Sep. 23, 2012 at 15:00

Here's an eyebrow-raiser for you: Apple's share price today is nearly 100 times higher than it was 10 years ago. And there's no question that the biggest catalyst powering that upward spiral has been the iPhone.

But no growth can continue forever (though Apple seems determined to disprove that), and a growing band of analysts is now saying the newly launched iPhone 5 represents the high-water mark in Apple's dizzying ascent.

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