@Nemos on that I read elsewhere that Apple was aware of the problems with the maps but did not want to delay shipment of iOS 6. The maps were already integrated into the system, so fixing them would have been working from scratch. They preferred to just get it out to their waiting fans.
"In the longer-term Apple will improve its mapping software and with observations from users find ways to make it more competitive against Google Maps. " Your point of view is correct in a long term plan but Apple does not have much time .....
I'll go with Bolaji's concept: at some point, the devices won't even need humans. So sleeping on the street (at least in front of Apples Stores) will be replaced by....? (Other than Star-Trek-like teleportation, I can't think of the next level, but give me time :-)
"In the longer-term Apple will improve its mapping software and with observations from users find ways to make it more competitive against Google Maps. Today, this was a blunder but it's one the company can and will correct."
Definitely! This has been only a stone on the path, one than can easily be removed, fixed, to make the path smooth again. I believe every enterprise on the planet has gone through some trouble, at some point. Apple is not the exception.
Many other manufacturers have had issues when launching something new. This time is Apple, and the noise is as big as the company. That's all.
Many people have reported not having probleming with the Maps app.
Apple followers are not the ones obsessed with the Maps app. The Maps app has not presented any problem for many. Apple's followership will not be affected. The ones who are not happy are the ones in Wall Street, though.
"Then again, if the iPhone 5 sends them to the wrong location to buy the iPhone 6, you might get some backlash"
By then, no one buying the iPhone 6 will care about Maps in the iPhone 5. And most likely, someone spending the night at the door of an Apple Store doesn't need a map to know how to get there either. :)
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