Well as I live and breath, Apple is apologizing for something!?
Note the last part:
Poor Tim Cooks. Ditched Google Maps and ends up admitting that its superior to Apple Maps.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.
Apple were probably over-confident in rolling out their own maps app as part of iOS 6. If they had released a prototype version just in the App Store and let people Install and test it first, while keeping Google Maps as the default app, they could have avoided the embarrassment they're suffering now.
It doesn't surprise me that the Google Maps app still has the edge - they've had ten years to tweak stuff and they now have a huge databank of very high res street view imagery. Apple doesn't have anything comparable to that so its having to rely on users to report the mistakes. So they're apologizing and rightly so, but in fact Apple usually apologize if they get something wrong. It's not exceptional.
It's such a shame. Apple released Siri as a beta product, and now they do it again with Maps. Steve Jobs said Tim Cooks is the obvious choice as the next CEO, but he's not a product person. I can understand where Jobs is coming from. Tim Cooks is great on strategy, but on creative vision... I don't think there's another Steve Jobs in the tech world right now...
Regarding strategy, I'd say that Larry Ellison CEO of Oracle is no.1 in the tech world relentlessly building a huge software empire, the latest acquisition being Sun. But he hasn't produced any inspirational product of his own. Regarding creative vision, Mark Zuckerberg is undeniably a creative genius. But he doesn't know how to convert Russia to Facebook, and it's been declining ever since the share offering. So yes, I can't think of another Steve either.
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Shocking if it was intentionally built into the tracking software. I guess they couldn't resist the greatest data mining opportunity of the century. It will be interesting to see whether that programmer changes his mind about not talking.
Didn't Google do the same thing with Motorola patents? They bought Motorola for their patents so they wouldn't get sued by Apple. Nowadays it's all about patents.
On a side note, I'm surprised Apple didn't buy out Corning when they had the chance. Now every smartphone company can compete with Apple on this.
It's beginning to look as though Apple was Steve Jobs; he's dead and Apple is going down.
The iPhone 5 is suffering glitches (more than one) and maps is a disaster; hell they're recommending Nokia and some other phone (can't remember) for maps!
Anybody seen the latest offering from HP? Their new ElitePad 900 is simply great.
HP Back In Tablet Game With New ElitePad 900
Game changer, that one...
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Yeah, Steve Jobs was the reason why Apple got started. Steve Jobs was the reason why Apple went down in the 80s (he got booted). Steve Jobs was the reason why Apple went back up in the late 90s (he came back). Steve Jobs is the reason why Apple is the most valuable company in the world. So yeah, I think you're right to assume that Apple = Steve Jobs. I'm sure Tim Cook can keep the ship steady for a bit carrying the momentum of Steve Jobs, but sooner or later they're going to run out of momentum.
Same thing with Microsoft. Microsoft = Bill Gates. Every since Bill Gates "stepped down", they've being in decline. Microsoft is now worth less than back in it's heyday. And that's not even accounting for inflation.
As for Surface, I'm looking forward to that. But we'll see. So far Windows Phones are nothing short of disappointing. Xbox gaming is Microsoft's only redeeming value right now, not counting Bill Gate's cash cow Office.