Apple highlights Maps alternatives via a new App Store section

By , Sep 28, 2012

Apple’s really determined to right the mapping wrongs. In addition to posting a public apology on its web site and offering instructions on accessing mapping web apps from Google and Nokia, the Cupertino, California-headquartered designer of gadgets just posted a curated recommendations section in the App Store, listing third-party Maps alternatives for the iPhone and iPad…

A dedicated new section entitled “Find maps for your iPhone” is now live in the App Store storefront on the iPhone and iPad, as well as in desktop iTunes via this link.

At post time, Apple’s list included the following third-party software, both paid and free:

MotionX GPS Drive
Waze social GPS traffic & gas
MapQuest
GPS by TeleNav
Garmin USA
Gokivo GPS Navigator
Navigon USA
CoPilot Live Premium USA – offline GPS navigation
CoPilot GPS – Plan & explore with on-board maps & directions
Bing
Magellan RoadMate North America
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As our reader Rich Marchetti noted on Twitter, it’s interesting how Apple didn’t feature the TomTom app in the section. As you know, Apple collaborates with TomTom on iOS 6 Maps so probably Apple didn’t want to highlight the company which supplies it with widely criticized data sets.

If you’re contemplating downloading any of these, Cult of Mac has a nice overview of each Apple-endorsed alternative.

I think you can’t go wrong with Waze or MapQuest, even if the choice of the best alternative comes down to your personal preference, expectations, usage patterns and other factors.

I’m curious about your preferred Maps alternative.

We’re down in the comments.

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  • http://twitter.com/MCaudebec Maxim∑

    I honestly feel a bit bad for apple, there maps have a lot of potential and the places that are mapped look great. It will get better overtime but they have made a poor first impression for many people so far

    • http://twitter.com/digitalfeind Dani Hayes

      I think people over estimated Apple Maps. The 3D maps looked so much better than Googles. I think people were expecting them to look more like Google maps.

      • http://www.facebook.com/antman217 Anthony Antunez

        I think its because Apple hyped it up too much every time they presented it. They made it seem like it would function perfectly and be the best maps ever. They should have calmed down a little and said “Hey heres our new maps. We think you will like them and they will get better as more people use them.” But I think they will learn from this experience and try not to do things like this anymore. I don’t want more beta software being advertised as a finished product.

    • http://www.facebook.com/HarshSachanandani Harsh Sac

      They should have done all the preparations first (scanning the whole world)and release it in probably iOS 7 or 8

  • notewar

    i really enjoyed using tom tom as a standalone app, not when it integrated into Apple’s Map

  • pegger1

    Apple should port over the iOS 5 Maps app into a standalone app for iOS 6 until google gets one done.

  • Kurt

    Apple did this as a way to make more money by increasing awareness and demand for navigation apps. Thus increasing their sales. Of course I don’t really believe that but it is a by product of all this hoopla

  • http://twitter.com/nmPraveen Praveen

    Why no one is taking about Sygic app? Its the best one out there..I dont know about how it performs in US or UK, but Sygic is one of the best app for India. its better than Google and has extensive road maps including a shortest road in a village. Has voice based turn by turn navigation, Night mode, Points of interest, Real time traffic, iPod control and above all its has whole India maps in Offline mode (same for every country, I suppose).

  • http://www.youtube.com/Tr1pTr0p Tr1pTr0p

    I still dislike the app (goo gl/qmYmo), but them acknowledging all the issues is a huge plus in my book.

  • Emre SÜMENGEN

    iGO is not there either… So, I guess it must be the price range…

  • http://twitter.com/oneBurge Burge

    At the end of the day Apple will sort it…

  • James Branham

    Motion X GPS has served me well for over three years now.

    • ic0dex

      Its the best. My wife has a JB 7″ stereo thing in her car and when you plug your iPhone to it you can use Motion X as a GPS on the big screen.

  • MagicDrumSticks

    Too little too late apple. Your arrogance has once again gotten you bit in the ass. I’m sure plenty of people are done with you for good. Time to get android.

    • ThisBrian

      Yeah your right so take stupid comments to your favorite forums.

  • Mohammad Ridwan

    This is the best thing that happened to Apple, They kicked Google, gave most people a crappy maps experience and now making money of it… Go Apple.. We love you

  • Gaurav

    If Steve Jobs was among us today, he would have made more concrete steps in satisfying customers than just suggesting altearnates. Certainly see the vision deteriorating with him being gone.

  • Lubomir Georgiev

    Push iOS 6.0.1 with Google Maps app in it.. How hard can it be?

  • http://www.facebook.com/shahnawaz.hussain.581 Shahnawaz Hussain

    actually thats the use of App Store to find alternatives of an app you dont like