Pixel Envy

Written by Nick Heer.

Quantifying the Impending iOS 6 Maps Backlash

Michael DeGusta:

In total, 63 countries with a combined population of 4.5 billion people will be without one or more of these features they previously had in iOS. Apple is risking upsetting 65% of the world’s population, seemingly without much greater purpose than speeding the removal of their rival Google from iOS. Few consumers care about such battles though, nor should they have to.

Absolutely correct. While DeGusta’s charts show the breadth of the loss of Google-dependent features internationally, Maps features are even broken in officially supported countries. The new app is a large step forward with turn-by-turn directions, tile aesthetics, and from a control standpoint, but there’s no denying that it’s going to feel quite broken for a lot of people for a very long time.