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Google Maps Returns to Apple

Dec 13, 2012
Google Maps iphone

Apple iPhone users on Thursday were once again able to navigate using Google Maps, three months after Apple banished it in favour of its own mapping programme that was widely panned.

When Apple launched the iPhone 5 in September it chose to build its own maps programme instead of relying on its rival's software. Google Maps had been the default navigation programme in previous iPhones.

But the move fell flat when customers and reviewers started complaining about inaccuracies in Apple's mapping programme - including wrong directions, misplaced locations and skewed images - causing CEO Tim Cook to issue a rare public apology and to sack the executive charged with overseeing the application.

Although Apple did not comment on Google's new maps programme, which was available for download from Apple app story starting Thursday, it is said to have cooperated with the search engine giant on its release.

The latest version features new tools, including street views, directions using public transportation, and business listings and reviews.

Source: Copyright 2012 dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH

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