Apple Releases Official List of Alternative Map Apps [Updates]

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Cupertino’s most prosperous company is good at many things, but apology hasn’t always been one of them. It comes as a surprise, then, that Apple is doing more than just apologizing for the problems with its Maps app. They’ve gone as far as recommending alternatives provided by other companies.

The “Find Maps” list, which is now in the Apple-curated features section of the App Store, highlights a number of alternative map apps for the iPhone and iPad. You can also find the list in iTunes by going to the store and finding the “Find maps for your iPhone” graphic. The list covers as many as 13 apps including:

  • MotionX GPS Drive ($.99)
  • Waze social GPS traffic & gas (free)
  • MapQuest (free)
  • GPS by TeleNav (free)
  • Scout by Telenav (free)
  • Garmin ($39.99)
  • Gokivo GPS Navigator ($.99)
  • Navigon ($39.99)
  • CoPilot Live Premium ($12.99)
  • CoPilot GPS (free)
  • Bing (free)
  • Magellan RoadMate ($49.99)
  • AT&T Navigator (free)

This list is what you’ll find for the United States. It could differ depending on app availability in your region. The list may be shorter if you view it via your iPad because some of these apps do not have iPad versions. Apple CEO Tim Cook has also suggested using the browser-based versions of map services from Google, Bing or Nokia.

Suggesting the use of third-party apps is a strange move for Apple. It’s unclear when an updated and improved official Maps app will become available, but the decision to release a featured list of alternatives suggests it may be some time.

Source: CNET

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  • Kevin Boggs

    I don’t know about everywhere else but I live in Hawaii and I haven’t experienced any problems with Maps. In fact Maps does a better job of identifying actual place names. Thought I would miss Street View but I don’t. I think it’s much ado about nothing. Perhaps another attempt to manipulate Apple’s stock price? (Here’s the recipe; sell apple stock, announce “fatal” flaw, stock price drops, buy Apple stock, price goes back up even higher when the hype fades away. Investor/manipulator makes healthy profit on the next cycle. Rinse and repeat.)

  • Vipul Jain

    I’m not an apple user so can someone clarify, has Apple kind of banned GMaps out?
    Because all i read about is using GMaps on the browser and not directly via the GMaps app.

    • Richard Borkovec

      Apple ended their contract with Google because Google wouldn’t give Apple their data for the voice-over that told directions, like they use in Android. Apple decided to make their own app to replace the Google Maps app, and have not approved a Google Maps App for the AppStore yet. Google says it’s done all it can to get their Maps approved by Apple, so it’s now up to Apple to approve it and let everyone have it back.

  • salim benhouhou

    i think apple should put google maps on the top of the list .

  • Dimal Chandrasiri

    annnnnnd google maps out of cus, apple’s afraid of googles accuracy.. :P

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