MacDailyNews Take: What if it was Google who demanded too much or refused to renew Apple’s license? Should Apple have released the new iPhone 5 and iOS 6 sans Maps? No, of course not.
“Reviewers [and developers] of a product cannot actually use all of it,” Worstall writes. “For any of us to truly find out what something’s like we need to get it out into hundreds of thousands, millions, of hands so that exploration of everything it does actually happens.”
Worstall writes, “If you really want to stretch it this is the argument for markets against planning. It’s only when plans meet the desires of 7 billion people that we find out whether the plans are any good. For the planners themselves never have enough information about the wants and desires of that populace to decide upon what will really work.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Our headline should convey the extent to which we believe this is an overblown act of FUD aimed at Apple in a weak attempt to stall record iPhone 5 sales (make Apple’s Maps look so bad that people will forget that it also happens to offer free turn-by-turn voice navigation, one of Android’s last remaining selling points).
This is no different than “iPod screen scratches,” “Antennagate,” etc. Take a minor issue (or invent one) and then blow it all out of proportion in the media echo chamber in a quixotic attempt to slow down the inevitable record-shattering iPhone 5 sales. These sort of FUD campaigns have been going on after major Apple product releases for years. Antennagate was a two-parter – they actually used it twice! (Nothing smells worse than recycled FUD.)
Just like all the anti-Apple FUD that’s gone before, this won’t work, either.
Mashable’s Chris Taylor: Apple’s Maps are very bad indeed, almost unusably bad – September 20, 2012
New Apple Maps app under fire from iPhone, iPad users – September 20, 2012
Apple’s refined iOS 6 highlighted by stunning Maps overhaul – September 19, 2012
Apple’s Maps a looming disaster? – September 18, 2012
iOS 6 Maps app superior to Google maps; will also be used in third-party apps – August 4, 2012