With iOS 6, Apple took a bold step to build its own mapping service, replacing Google Maps. The launch was marred with widespread criticism from the media and consumers due to the lacklustre points-of-interest (POI) data, and the removal of public transit directions.
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As soon as reports of Apple acquiring 3D sensor company PrimeSense started coming out, many of us started speculating how Apple could incorporate its hands-free gesture technology in a future Television product. But Apple might have acquired PrimeSense to for something entirely different â€” Maps.
Appleâ€™s Maps app launch was marred withÂ widespreadÂ criticismÂ from users due to the lacklustre points-of-interest (POI) data. The situation was so bad that Tim Cook had to publicly apologizeÂ for the half-baked iOS 6 Maps app.
But despite all the criticism, Apple Maps seems to be far more popular than Google Maps on iOS, possibly due to its default status on iPhone and iPad.