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, just in case you happened to miss Apple’s ‘I’m sorry’.
Watch Mossberg’s full video review below:
Source: Wall Street Journal