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Apple helping me to choose Android

[ UPDATE: 6/11 – Here is a far better article detailing the mapping features Apple plans to roll out – H/T: @SumNums on Twitter]

Great timing, Apple. Just when I’ve decided to give up my car, along comes this news story. In short, Apple has tired of relying on Google’s rather lame mapping app for the iPhone and has chosen to go it alone. Here’s what concerns me:

Maps itself will not feature information on public transit or alternative methods of transport like biking, as Google’s app does now. Instead, Apple will release APIs for Maps and allow developers to build their own transit apps that will be featured, integrated, and promoted from within Maps.

Let me be blunt: I could not care less about turn-by-turn driving directions (Frankly, I don’t trust them). Despite its relative lameness, I use Google Maps heavily on my iPhone for walking and transit directions. I *crave* biking directions and integrated real-time arrival times for public transportation. Those two items have been my motivation for looking at Android phones but, for now, I’ve been content to wait. If Apple pushes out a new mapping app without lining up quality developers to produce walking and transit directions at least as good as Google’s, that will push me over the edge.

The generation currently entering the workforce and buying cell phones like candy is driving less and using public transportation and bikes more than my generation. Does Apple really want to risk losing them? I assume the answer is no and that Apple will get this all sorted out. That said, you know what happens when you assume, right?

  1. jeshii
    June 12, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    Amen. Now that the reality distortion field is wearing off, I’m thinking about it too. Although, I’m cheap so I’ll probably not ditch my phone just yet and just hope the web based Google maps still works. You would think they wouldn’t want to lose their hip urban youth market. Are they just in bed with the car companies or something?

  2. June 12, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    Dear Apple, Steve Jobs would never have stood for this, sincerely, the section of the target demographic you just lost.

    • June 19, 2012 at 2:05 pm

      Google and Apple are both located in transit deserts, but for whatever reason Google has more of a bike and transit culture than Apple does. Apple seems much easier to drive to, with direct access to I-280 and only a mile to drive to Hwy 85. Goog has Hwy 101 nearby, but biking to and around Google is a pleasure, while biking around the vicinity of Apple seems to involve a lot more aggression and blind stupidity from the motorists coming out of Infinite Loop and Apple’s satellite parking on De Anza Blvd.

      I work in Silicon Valley and I have many friends at both Apple & Google. My Apple friends almost all drive. My Google friends all bike to work or take transit (or both). Their software development priorities are a reflection of what’s personally important to the developers.

      • June 19, 2012 at 3:44 pm

        I’m pretty sure Google Maps is located in Seattle, but I suppose I could be wrong…

  3. June 12, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    Thank god, I was beginning to think I was the only iPhone fan on Earth that was feeling that way. The iOS6 announcement was more of a turn-off than the exciting over-hyped upgrade that we’ve been waiting for. (That said, I’ve heard that my poor, old, iPhone 4 won’t get most of the new stuff anyway. Maybe that’s a blessing in disguise.)

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