The Latest In The Google And Apple Maps Saga

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Here we are two full weeks after the release of iOS 6, and the Apple/Google Maps drama continues to permeate the headlines. In case you haven't kept a close eye on all of the latest, allow me to provide a bit of a recap.

Wall Street Journal tech columnist Walt Mossberg says Google will announce Street View the web on iOS on Thursday. "In fact, Google plans to announce on Thursday that it is adding its popular Street View feature, missing from Apple’s maps, to the Web version of Google Maps accessed from the iPhone and iPad," he's quoted as saying. "I tested this addition, which displays 360-degree photographic street views of selected locations, and interior photographic views of certain businesses, using sample links Google sent me. These links worked well, allowing me to see the locations and pan around with a finger."

Though I've only heard more complaints first-hand about Apple's Maps in recent days, apparently the app uses less data than Google Maps did in iOS 5.

That's one of the few positive things we've seen published about Apple's offering, which led to a full on apology from CEO Tim Cook last week.

Popular Apple blog Cult Of Mac is calling on Apple to buy Nokia to fix its "mapping disaster". Meanwhile, Apple is reportedly getting some employees from its retail stores to help fix it.

Now, here's Apple Maps "reimagined as a surrealist art project" (via BoingBoing):

Chris Crum
Chris Crum has been a part of the WebProNews team and the iEntry Network of B2B Publications since 2003. Follow Chris on Twitter, on StumbleUpon, on Pinterest and/or on Google: +Chris Crum.