A look at Apple Maps alternatives, as listed by Tim Cook
This entry was posted on Sunday, September 30, 2012.
Apple Maps has not panned out the way Apple wanted whatsoever. Apple's CEO, Tim Cook, tried to mitigate the damage caused by this entire fiasco by posting a letter of apology in the Apple website. In the apology, he asked users to try competing apps while Apple Maps got its (very) rough edges smoothened out a bit:
"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."
Read on to find out more about the alternatives that Cook has listed out in his letter.
While Bing doesn't have a standalone mapping app for iOS, it does have a top drawer search app with a fairly comprehensive map database embedded in it. Download it from the App Store here.
This maps app is from AOL Inc., and is another great voice guided turn by turn navigation app for iOS. Moreover, it is free! Download it from the App Store here.
Waze social GPS traffic & gas
Waze is a widely used navigation app that has a lot of its mapping information crowdsourced, making it potentially a lot more useful in the long run than something like Apple Maps. Download it from the App Store here.
The high profile fallout between Apple and Google over Maps had looked like harming Google Maps, but now, judging by the clamor for a dedicated Google Maps iOS app, may just make it the biggest beneficiary of the Maps fiasco. For now though, iPhone and iPad users will have to make do with the web version of the Google mapping solution: maps.google.com
Nokia Drive has powered all Windows Phone based Nokia smartphones of late, and has been praised for its comprehensive database and user friendly interface. iOS users will have to do with a web version of Drive though.