ComScore’s data suggests though that comparatively few iPhone owners actually take the trouble to use Google’s maps rather than Apple’s - in part because Apple’s maps are the default for any driving directions or map-related search on iOS 6 and above.
According to ComScore, in September 2012 - just ahead of the introduction of Apple Maps - there were a total of 81.1m users of Google Maps, out of a total of 103.6m iPhones and Android phones users. But a year later, its smartphone data says that the total number of Google Maps users is much lower, at 43% of iPhone and Android users - or 58.7m, despite the user base growing to 136.7m.
"For the average user, even if they have the Google Maps app, they don’t use it a lot," said Andrew Lipsman, an analyst at ComScore. "In a narrow window [after the iOS app download became available] I’m sure there was a ton of activity, but only for a short period."
I like Apple’s maps on iPhone better than I liked Google’s old maps. It never occurred to me to download or use a separate maps app from Google after Apple made their own maps app the default. It’s had a few trouble spots, but nothing major for me. Google maps on more than one occasion seriously misdirected me and made me late for meeting friends at bars or restaurants or hotels. Usually only be a few blocks, but enough to make me later than I always am all the time for everything everywhere anyway.
Grignon had been part of the iPhone rehearsal team at Apple and later at the presentation site in San Francisco’s Moscone Center. He had rarely seen Jobs make it all the way through his 90-minute show without a glitch. Jobs had been practicing for five days, yet even on the last day of rehearsals the iPhone was still randomly dropping calls, losing its Internet connection, freezing or simply shutting down.
“At first it was just really cool to be at rehearsals at all — kind of like a cred badge,” Grignon says. Only a chosen few were allowed to attend. “But it quickly got really uncomfortable. Very rarely did I see him become completely unglued — it happened, but mostly he just looked at you and very directly said in a very loud and stern voice, ‘You are [expletive] up my company,’ or, ‘If we fail, it will be because of you.’ He was just very intense. And you would always feel an inch tall.” Grignon, like everyone else at rehearsals, knew that if those glitches showed up during the real presentation, Jobs would not be blaming himself for the problems. “It felt like we’d gone through the demo a hundred times, and each time something went wrong,” Grignon says. “It wasn’t a good feeling.”
The preparations were top-secret. From Thursday through the end of the following week, Apple completely took over Moscone. Backstage, it built an eight-by-eight-foot electronics lab to house and test the iPhones. Next to that it built a greenroom with a sofa for Jobs. Then it posted more than a dozen security guards 24 hours a day in front of those rooms and at doors throughout the building. No one got in without having his or her ID electronically checked and compared with a master list that Jobs had personally approved. The auditorium where Jobs was rehearsing was off limits to all but a small group of executives. Jobs was so obsessed with leaks that he tried to have all the contractors Apple hired — from people manning booths and doing demos to those responsible for lighting and sound — sleep in the building the night before his presentation. Aides talked him out of it.
What good is an iPhone if it can’t take you to Paris?! Or an iPad that can’t take you on a stroll through Montmartre? I love having you vicariously tag along with me in Paris and I’m beginning to feel like you might really have a thing for this city. So I have a hunch you might like this brand new iPhone and iPad application I’ve come across. From the talented team behind the beautiful coffee table book Paris in Color, comes a new digital book combining fine art photography and minimalist video into visual stories of Paris neighborhoods. With every new volume, the Paris Journal will take you on a tour of a different neighbourhood in Paris, down hidden passages, through private gates and into boulangeries that look so good you can almost smell the buttery croissants.
This is funny, a web page devoted to quotes from people who predicted the original iPad would be a disastrous flop and that Apple was no longer an innovative company. All of these experts still have jobs predicting the future of technology. John Dvorak, who claimed the iPad would be a disaster also famously wrote that Apple should cancel the iPhone after it was announced, because they would never make any money on phones. He still has a job. In the world of punditry — political, technical, or sports-related — you can’t be fired for being wrong.
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Not a plug, I’m not involved with it in any way, but I love the iPhone app, Dark Sky. It zeroes in on your location (more accurate on wi-fi, but still close on 3G/4G), and it tells you just the weather for the next hour. Sounds not-useful, but if you want to know if you need an umbrella to run to the coffee shop and back, or if you should leave the bar now or have one more drink, this app will tell you, “it’s going to start raining in 7 minutes”. And while it can never be 100% accurate, it’s something I rely on a lot. I just used it to get down to 9th Street Espresso and back before the downpour. And since the clouds, oddly, moved in from the east and not from the west, I could easily have looked outside and thought it was clearing up, not getting ready to rain. It’s not a free app, but I’ve never once regretted buying it. Developers need to eat, too, and thank god the app has no ads.
My iPhone 4s shows a 4G signal in the status bar. That’s a first. I’m guessing it only means I’m in a 4G area, not that the phone can use the 4G network. Strange.
iOS 7 has changed the keyboard you can use when typing on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. One of the changes is the removal of the .com button; the button that let you type “.com” with a single keypress when entering web addresses.
While this button won’t be coming back soon, there’s a way to type .com with one-and-a-half keypresses. When you’re in a web browser, and want to type .com, just tap and hold the . button to the right of the space bar, and you’ll see a popup menu which lets you choose from a number of top-level domains: as you can see below, I can choose from .us, .org, .edu, .net and .com. (via Kirkville | Do You Miss the .com Button on the iOS 7 Keyboard? Use This Trick)
Nice tip. I did miss the old ‘.com’ key on the iOS 7 keyboard and didn’t know about this shortcut. I like iOS 7, but have to say I make a lot more spelling errors on its keyboard than I did under iOS 6, even though I’m sure it is spatially identical. I just find myself missing the ‘a’, hitting the ‘delete’ key instead of the ‘m’, and hitting the ‘i’ when I’m aiming for the ‘o’ a lot more than I used to. Probably my imagination, but it seems like there’s a real difference.
I like this. They have all their crowd funding, so that’s good. But this could be cool. A “find my iphone” for everything. And you know what? The video isn’t awful, either. That might be the more surprising thing about it.
And I think the company is based in Vegas, not Silicon Valley, which is also nice.
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Hurricane? What hurricane?
All I can say is, the last time I used the Maps app before upgrading to iOS 6, I was sent to a wrong address for a meeting in NYC. It’s never good to live here and have to call people who are in from out of town to ask them where they are, and explain why you’re still 15 minutes away. Saying, ‘because the Google map on my phone says that building is 4 blocks south and another avenue west,’ doesn’t help anybody. The out-of-towners just think you’re drunk or that you get easily lost in a city laid out in a grid.
And, for the record, my search criteria were right and I did read the map and directions correctly. They were just wrong. The guy at the security desk said people are always late because the phone maps are always wrong. Good riddance, Google maps.
But so far Tumblr has focused most of its attention on the desktop, leaving its mobile apps to languish with slow performance and fairly basic functionality. With some newer mobile apps, Tumblr would make posting much easier for its existing users, and it could tap into an entirely new audience. There’s also a huge opportunity for Tumblr on the iPad — though it’s unclear if this new app will offer a radically different iPad experience.