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.
That’s the story over on The Wall Street Journal, reporting on Schmidt’s appearance in Tokyo for the Japanese launch of the Google Nexus 7.
A Google Maps app for iOS 6 has been rumoured, however Schmidt says: "We've not done anything yet. We've been in touch with them for a long time [about Google Maps], and we talk to them every day.”
With regards to the change, Schmidt croons: "In my opinion it would have been better to retain our maps. It's their decision, I'll let them describe it."
Google’s YouTube also disappeared as a default iOS app, though it can be downloaded from the App Store.
Apple has promised that things will get better with Maps, saying: “We launched this new map service knowing that it is a major initiative and we are just getting started with it. We are continuously improving it, and as Maps is a cloud-based solution, the more people use it, the better it will get.”
In the meantime, check out Apple Maps: a bit rubbish? for more on Apple Maps’ shortcomings.