The iPhone 5 is the biggest thing to happen to iPhone since iPhone – at least this is how Apple is marketing its wonder product – and the users already agree. #ILoveSmartiPhone5 is a trending topic on Twitter today. And why? Not because the iPhone 5 is already marked down at Best Buy, but because Google did a Hocus Pocus with Google Maps today.
As of today, iPhone users will be able to find their way around the world with Google Maps instead of Apple Maps. For those of you unfamiliar with the story, Apple’s troubled iPhone mapping software sent a few people in a snake-infested desert in Australia, while they were using their phones for directions.
This led to a public apology by Apple, and finally, allowed Google Maps to find their way back on the iPhone:
“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.”
Google’s reaction time was brilliant – it’s like the company was waiting for the opportunity to release an app designed just for the iPhone 5. But this is a blow to Apple, as Megan Geuss explains:
For now, iPhone and iPad users who are fans of Google Maps can breathe a sign of relief, but conceding to vend a Google Maps app could be seen as a blow to Apple, which has been planning to unseat Google’s app for a while now.
So how do you feel about Google Maps’ comeback on the iPhone?