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In an article pitching iOS Maps and Android Maps against each other, Walt Mossberg may have dropped a not-so subtle hint about one significant change that will be coming to Apple’s much criticized offering as soon as Thursday: Google Street View.

Apple has had a pretty hard time since launching iOS 6 and replacing Google Maps with its own native offering. The outcry over the maps has even prompted an uncharacteristic apology from Apple, courtesy of its CEO Tim Cook. In a letter to the public he wrote, “We are extremely sorry for the frustration this has caused our customers, and we are doing everything we can to make Maps better.”

9to5Mac points to the relevant part of Mossberg’s video review:

“In fact, Google plans to announce on Thursday that it is adding its popular Street View feature, missing from Apple’s maps, to the Web version of Google Maps accessed from the iPhone and iPad. I tested this addition, which displays 360-degree photographic street views of selected locations, and interior photographic views of certain businesses, using sample links Google sent me. These links worked well, allowing me to see the locations and pan around with a finger.”

Apple even went so far as to recommend using other third party app like MapQuest and Waze, and even recommended adding a shortcut to the web-based version of Google Maps to user’s homescreens. In addition to the recommendations in Cook’s letter, the app store also highlighted alternative apps Apple Releases Official List of Alternative Map Apps [Updates] Apple Releases Official List of Alternative Map Apps [Updates] It comes as a surprise 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,... Read More , just in case you happened to miss Apple’s ‘I’m sorry’.

Watch Mossberg’s full video review below:


Source: Wall Street Journal

  1. Giggity Goebbels
    December 30, 2012 at 12:25 am

    I really need this feature lol thanks google for this

  2. Theo Reisinger
    October 9, 2012 at 2:52 am

    I think it's strange that using a different method from the already included map app has become the norm because of a software update. Seems very backwards.

  3. Declan Lopez
    October 6, 2012 at 11:27 pm

    it doesn't seem like many people like ios 6

  4. Mac Witty
    October 5, 2012 at 2:10 am

    Waiting! Still not got it, hope it appears soon.

  5. wilL Toxic
    October 4, 2012 at 11:31 pm

    great to hear, and to finally have something more reliable!

  6. Anthony Monori
    October 4, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    Nice to see that Google is finally releasing this for iOS.

  7. Sam Kar
    October 4, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    Good for users, as they are already frustrated with iOS Maps acting faulty.

  8. Nethu Alahakoon
    October 4, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    nice to hear that it comes to iOS.

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