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.