Well, who doesn’t know in what bad mess the new Apple Maps is which was rolled out in the Apple iOS 6 and replaced Google Maps.
Apple was until now, mum on the issue and the terrible situation of the Maps app but now Apple’s CEO Tim Cook has taken charge of the situation and officially apologised to all its customers.
Along with the public apology, Tim Cook has gone ahead and also suggested all iPhone users to “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” until the mess is cleaned.
Read the full letter of apology from Tim Cook below:
To our customers,
At Apple, we strive to make world-class products that deliver the best experience possible to our customers. With the launch of our new Maps last week, we fell short on this commitment. We are extremely sorry for the frustration this has caused our customers and we are doing everything we can to make Maps better.
We launched Maps initially with the first version of iOS. As time progressed, we wanted to provide our customers with even better Maps including features such as turn-by-turn directions, voice integration, Flyover and vector-based maps. In order to do this, we had to create a new version of Maps from the ground up.
There are already more than 100 million iOS devices using the new Apple Maps, with more and more joining us every day. In just over a week, iOS users with the new Maps have already searched for nearly half a billion locations. The more our customers use our Maps the better it will get and we greatly appreciate all of the feedback we have received from you.
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.
Everything we do at Apple is aimed at making our products the best in the world. We know that you expect that from us, and we will keep working non-stop until Maps lives up to the same incredibly high standard.
It is good to see the CEO of a company like Apple, coming out in open and apologising and also suggesting alternatives (which are its top competitors) to its customers until the Cupertino based company refines the Maps.