Schmidt to Apple: you should’ve kept Google Maps

Schmidt to Apple: you should’ve kept Google MapsOne 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.

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Pondlife  Sep. 26, 2012 at 14:14

Most notable thing I read about it is that they could have kept Google maps for at least another year under their agreement. Could have brought their own one through as a beta this year..

ian2606  Sep. 26, 2012 at 14:19

@Pondlife.
I agree with you. That would have been better.

eddyday  Sep. 26, 2012 at 19:35

Eric Schmidt, the fat, treacherous little worm, was sitting on Apples board of directors when the iPhone was in development. He then promptly took all the background info, secrets and technical specifications on the iPhone back to Google, who then succeeded in mass producing a cruder, less sophisticated clone known as Android.

And to think this backstabbing jerk actually has to wonder in his head why Apple hates Google so much.

Pondlife  Sep. 26, 2012 at 19:44

Aww bless.

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 26, 2012 at 20:22

Eric Schmidt, the fat, treacherous little worm, was sitting on Apples board of directors when the iPhone was in development. He then promptly took all the background info, secrets and technical specifications on the iPhone back to Google, who then succeeded in mass producing a cruder, less sophisticated clone known as Android.

And to think this backstabbing jerk actually has to wonder in his head why Apple hates Google so much.


LOL... hard to prove, but I find Schmidt unbearable. I would NOT share an elevator, lifeboat or town with him. Fact is (Zzzzzzzzzaid it before, sorry), early Android prototypes were all qwerty bars. Sshh.

Pondlife  Sep. 26, 2012 at 20:36

Doubt any of these company bosses would be on top of your list though

And early bicycles didn't have pedals about as relevant.

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 26, 2012 at 20:39

Doubt any of these company bosses would be on top of your list though

And early bicycles didn't have pedals about as relevant.


hahahaha

Pondlife  Sep. 26, 2012 at 20:45

Makes me imagine a dinner party with heads of ms, nokia, apple, rim, google and Jan around a table...

Pondlife  Sep. 26, 2012 at 20:46

Definitely seems to be a company slant to the moderation thing

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 26, 2012 at 23:25

Definitely seems to be a company slant to the moderation thing huh?

Pondlife  Sep. 26, 2012 at 23:30

When I mention several in short messages it ends up in moderation wait..

Gazzie  Sep. 28, 2012 at 10:10

I'm the chairman of Rover Motors and everyone is making a mistake by not driving Rover cars. Can't believe Mobot have published such a no-brainer article. Can't believe I've even commented on it :P

Pondlife  Sep. 28, 2012 at 11:26

That's a crazy comparison.

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