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That may be true, but that doesn't mean most people who ordered iPhone 5s are going to return the devices based on the mapping technology. Avi Greengart, an analyst at Current Analysis, told us the map flap does, however, give both Nokia and Android something to poke at Apple about.
"From what I've seen, there definitely seem to be a number of errors in the software and that gives Apple a bit of a black eye," Greengart said. "Apple may fix these problems and there may even be a version of Google Maps for iOS at some point. I don't know that this is really going to be something that Nokia, Samsung -- or other Android device makers -- can use to get people to move away from iOS, but it does help reinforce their own brands."
The bottom line: Nokia's flagship Lumia smartphone, which will run on the coming Windows Phone 8 platform, is not available and no one knows when it's coming, which carriers are getting it or how much it's gong to cost.
Nokia's flagship product may very well have a better mapping platform, Greengart said, but you can't buy it today and the version of maps on some of Nokia's previous U.S. products lack core features like text-to-speech.
"I don't know that Nokia is actually gong to be able to take full advantage of this," Greengart said. "And I don't think the maps will hurt Apple's sales."
Posted: 2012-09-24 @ 11:18am PT
It already did hurt apples sales, I decided to wait before buying a iphone 5 and am shopping the competition more carefully. I would have bought the i5 as its time to upgrade for me.
Posted: 2012-09-21 @ 12:13pm PT
Can't Google's Maps be downloaded to the new version if the iPhone OS?