3rd party map app developers celebrate as Apple continue to apologise for Mapgate, add new feature section in App Store for alternative options.
Now if only there was one by Google in there…
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I would not count on it happening. Since Apple decided to cut Google out in more than just the Map function Google may just return the favor. All the substitutions will suck making the iPhone less desirable.
…giving Apple all the more reason to pour resources into their own map app.
It will take years and tons of money to catch up to Google maps. It was a huge mistake,
I don't know. It was a mistake for sure, but in the long term I don't think it'll matter. Even now when apple maps is at it's worst, we have plenty of other options available. It'll only get better from here. Great that there's more competition now – everyone will win whatever they use.
Do the alternative map apps link in with the GPS, compass and other features of the iphone?
Yes, they have API access
even the browser based map applications have gps access.
For those who want to use google maps web app on ios6, this profile helps a lot as it opens it in a separate instance from mobile safari (and restores the original icon)