Problems with Apple Maps bring luck for other map developers
Since Apple’s iOS 6 has been released a lot has been said, written and shouted about the function of the Maps app. Some comments have been positive, others, eyebrows-lifting, yet a lot more have been ‘bitter’. Such a bad luck!
Well … not for everybody! This problem has turned many to the App Store where they could purchase a third party mapping application. According to Johan-Till Broer, a representative of the GPS giant Garmin and its Navigon subsidiary, said that sales have increased over the last two weeks, due to “the recent interest in map and navigation apps for the iPhone.” In addition, he pointed out that Garmin has the privilege of being one of the first third party mapping apps to be integrated with Apple Maps, and to provide public transit information, as well as keep its leading position in the GPS market. Good news indeed for Garmin!
Not surprising though! Let’s remind you that when it became apparent that Apple Maps needed developers’ additional attention, it was precisely the Apple CEO Tim Cook who suggested that iOS 6 users should turn to third party services like MapQuest for an alternative to Apple Maps.
In his comments, Garmin representative also noted that free mapping applications have been present and functioning way before Apple introduced their mapping service, and paid mapping apps have also done very well. Even on Android, where Google Navigation is a native application on the OS, paid mapping apps like Magellan, CoPilot Live, Garmin and Navigon have all been highly successful.