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Apple Maps: Taking the Long View

Damian Rollison

Apple Maps: Taking the Long View

There’s no dancing around the fact that the much-anticipated launch of Apple Maps has turned into a fiasco for the company. Yet there’s little doubt Apple will buff out this particular blemish with time. The interesting part will be seeing exactly how the company chooses to address the gap in expertise that led to the current sub-par product. A big acquisition of talent or technology seems likely…

iOS6: Can Google Beat Apple in its Own Backyard?

Mike Boland

iOS6: Can Google Beat Apple in its Own Backyard?

Mapping is a game ultimately won on function rather than form. This requires lots of listings data and search algorithms; in other words, things that are non-core to Apple. Relative to Google’s tenure in this area, Apple is only starting to stitch together local vertical content partners like Yelp and TomTom. And it’s already starting to show…

With Passbook, iPhone 5 Answers Mobile’s ‘Dirty Little Secret’

Steven Jacobs

With Passbook, iPhone 5 Answers Mobile’s ‘Dirty Little Secret’

More data on a faster device means new opportunities for data-heavy hyperlocal developers, which should open up some new innovations by developers. And while the omission of near-field communications may dash the hopes of some who looked for Apple to push into payments, it does not diminish the potential impact of iOS6, the operating system announced in June, and its key feature — Passbook…