Pixel Envy

Written by Nick Heer.

Google Set to Release iOS Maps App Tonight

Liz Gannes for AllThingsD:

Apple CEO Tim Cook formally apologized to users for Mapplegate, …

I’m going to stop you there. This portmanteau is awful. I don’t want to see it ever again.

This should be good news for those who trust Google Maps more, or for areas where it’s clearly more accurate. I haven’t noticed any major problems with Apple’s maps in Calgary in the past month, but I have with Google’s. Your mileage may vary.

The problem with this app (or, more specifically, due to limitations with iOS) is that it won’t integrate with any local services, like Siri or address detection in Mail. Of course, you can bet that Google Chrome will have the option to open addresses in Google Maps, and so on, but it’s clumsier than the integrated maps app.