It isn’t very often that Apple has to apologize for a product or service that “went wrong.” But with iOS users largely unhappy with the service that Apple put in place of Google Maps, the apology today from Apple CEO Tim Cook was well received.
On Friday, Cook released a letter of apology candidly addressing the matter.
“At Apple,” he began, “we strive to make world-class products that deliver the best experience possible to our customers. With the launch of our new Maps last week, we fell short on this commitment. We are extremely sorry for the frustration this has caused our customers and we are doing everything we can to make Maps better.”
We launched Maps initially with the first version of iOS. As time progressed, we wanted to provide our customers with even better Maps including features such as turn-by-turn directions, voice integration, Flyover and vector-based maps. In order to do this, we had to create a new version of Maps from the ground up.
“While we’re improving Maps,” Cook concluded, “you can try alternatives by downloading map apps from the App Store like Bing, MapQuest and Waze, or use Google or Nokia maps by going to their websites and creating an icon on your home screen to their web app. Everything we do at Apple is aimed at making our products the best in the world. We know that you expect that from us, and we will keep working non-stop until Maps lives up to the same incredibly high standard.”