Re: Apple has hit a new low
Microsoft recruited Borland engineers for their Developer Tools Division, and scored one of the biggest poachings for .NET/C#. They innovated, and steamrolled Borland's developer tools divison.
Originally Posted by xlDeMoNiClx
This happens all the time. Poaching employees or hiring ex-employees with the experience and/or expertise in a certain area is something that commonly happens in the tech industry, as well as many others. Yahoo! hired an ex-Google executive as their new CEO. That's the same thing. Why not, if they're good enough to get the job done?
There was no way Apple could have gotten Turn by Turn Navigation with Voice Guidance on the iPhone using Google Maps. Google prohibits that on all non-Android, Google-sanctioned Operating Systems. It's pretty simple. So people really should be ing at Google and not Apple, who had no choice but to rip out Google Maps if they wanted to give iOS users what they've been clamoring for for years now. Name me one platform other than Android with Google Maps Navigation with VG-TBT Navigation. There are none.
Rock, meet hard place.
1. Maps suck lololol crApple maps, or
2. Lol, still can't do VG-TBT Navigation like literally every other OS on the market in 2013 lololol crApple maps.
At least they are willing to take the risk and acquire the necessary talent to improve, like any decent company should be. It really isn't good to be dependent on direct competitors for something as fundamental as mapping in a mobile operating system. Components is one thing. Software tech like mapping is something other. Everyone could see this coming a long time ago just going by Apple's acquisitions, so I dunno why it's a surprise, and the quality of their maps are at least equivalent to what Bing Maps were on Windows Phone 7 so that's not a HUGE issue if you have any clue how mapping technology works.
If Google doesn't want VG-TBT Nav on iOS, then why should Apple make it that easy to harvest their user's location data, YouTube data, etc.? We all know how Google felt about Verizon putting Bing (which isn't even close to being as bad as half the complainers would profess - the UI in their apps is actually miles ahead of Google's equivalent apps) on Android devices.