Other iOS map apps surge in wake of Apple's apology

On Friday morning, Apple CEO Tim Cook said that he and the company were "extremely sorry" for how the launch of its in-house developed map app for iOS 6 turned out. In his letter, Cook recommended other iOS map apps, including "Bing, MapQuest and Waze."

Neowin contacted Microsoft, the creators of the Bing iOS app, for a response, but a company spokesperson told us that Microsoft would not offer a comment on Cook's letter. However, that isn't the case for the people behind the other two iOS map apps that Cook mentioned in his apology.

The Wall Street Journal contacted its CEO Noam Bardin, who said that Waze currently has 26 million users. Those numbers might be going up; Bardin claims, "We saw about a 20% bump in downloads when iOS 6 came out. Today, it’s just out of control. We’re going to break every download record today. So far, we’re up up about 40% for a regular day."

MapQuest, owed by AOL, has also seen a big jump in iOS users. The New York Times reports that, according to a company spokesperson, downloads of the MapQuest app have seen a "significant increase in downloads" since the launch of the iPhone 5 a week ago, although specific numbers were not revealed. Overall, AOL says that it has seen downloads of MapQuest apps increase 35 percent across all of its supported mobile platforms compared to a year ago.

Source: The Wall Street Journal | Image via Waze

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Why don't they just release the old Google map app? Well, I already figured it out but still. No sense in being childish.

thealexweb said,
He didn't recommend Google Earth did he? Not surprising if he didn't XD

Doesn't have turn by turn directions. Not surprised either.

Just because someone has downloaded an app, doesn't make it a "good" app. What would be a better statistic is how many people removed the app and how long after downloading.

I've not used MapQuest for a while but last time i did it was really really really bad. Using a postal code MapQuest led me 1 mile away from where i wanted to go.

Aside from navigon, I haven't found a nav app that fills the entire iPhone 5 screen. Bing maps is also super slow when zooming and moving around.

xankazo said,
Of course they did! That's what Cook told his followers to do.

Who's this "Cook"?

But on related note; Using Waze on my Android phone and it ****ing rocks.

Pupik said,

Who's this "Cook"?

Timothy D. "Tim" Cook (born November 1, 1960) is the CEO of Apple.[1] Cook joined Apple in March 1998[2] as SVP of Worldwide Operations and also served as EVP of Worldwide Sales and Operations and was COO[3] until he was named the CEO of Apple on August 24, 2011, succeeding Steve Jobs, who died on October 5, 2011, from pancreatic cancer. Cook had previously served as acting CEO of Apple after Jobs began a medical leave in January 2011.[4]

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