“Apple’s plan was for their own mapping service to be, if not as good as Google’s, at least good enough that it didn’t make us miss Google’s map data,” John Gruber writes for Daring Fireball.

“I think Apple — where by ‘Apple,’ I mean the company’s collective executive leadership — is seething regarding the way this has played out,” Gruber writes. “Everything from Apple Maps being the butt of jokes to the accolades and joy that have accompanied the release of the new Google Maps iOS app. Seething.”

“Google has lost something valuable, too: its place as the default mapping data provider for iOS,” Gruber writes. “What’s interesting is that this is a case where it’s us, the users, who’ve won. We’ve got two apps with turn-by-turn-navigation and vector map tiles where before we had none. Ideally, yes, Apple Maps would have best-of-breed data and search, but the situation was even further from ideal prior to iOS 6.”

Much more in the full article, including how to use the app without giving Google your data – recommended – here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Tom R.” for the heads up.]