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Android Friends, Be Kind to All of the New iPhone 5 Users Tomorrow – They May be Lost and in Need of a Maps App

Android friends and family, tomorrow is a big day. It’s time to start preparing. In case you didn’t realize it yet, September 21 is the day that millions of new phone owners across the globe will have trouble finding their way to work, to the nearest gas station, to their lunch or dinner reservation, and as you can see in the picture above, surviving through take-off at their local airport. Tomorrow, is iPhone 5 launch day. 

When doors open at your city’s Apple store in the morning and UPS drivers take to the streets with shipments of iPhone 5s, the number of confused and lost pedestrians, transit riders, bikers and car drivers will have increased by some 2 million people. So when I say that the Android crew needs to prepare, I’m suggesting that you put a shortcut to your Google Maps app on your home screen or quick launch bar.

Think of tomorrow (and for the foreseeable future) as an opportunity to help out a foe in need. After all, your Google Maps app with turn-by-turn navigation is free, so why not share it with those less fortunate smartphone owners. They may need confirmation that when traveling over the Hoover Dam, that they will succeed in crossing it.

They may need to ask for your help in telling the difference between the next Burger King or monastery or public building.

They may need to see underneath those clouds.

They may be confused as to why the Cayman Islands no longer have roads.

Is that a beacon from God?

And finally, those new iPhone 5 owners are going want to know if it’s OK for them to drive their car into a body of water and onto that new set of streets.

So again, keep your Google Maps app handy. There are going to be a lot of iPhone 5 owners wandering around bodies of water trying to find Chinese restaurants, avoiding interstates and bridges, wondering why that building that was constructed 10 years ago is now under construction, why their home town doesn’t exist, and showing up to transit stops that closed years ago, that are going to need your help.

To follow along in the never-ending fun that is Apple’s new Maps app for iOS 6, follow this Tumblr.

  • master94

    Burger King, the next world order?

  • The maps are not the only problem they have with iphone 5, a lot of reports of screen problems and wifif

  • duke69111

    Can somebody get that imaps app running in an emulator on android or windows. I would really like to play with this thing.

  • JPose

    Who cares if it’s lost almost all functionality… It’s really, really pretty. And that’s all that matters. Right??

    iPhone User

    (DISCLAIMER: The above-mentioned is sarcasm.)

  • master94

    Lol on engadget ifans are in denial and saying the apple maps are better then google maps.

  • angermeans

    A lot of those are the 3D feature and I’m sure we can find some crazy maps bugs and weird stuff on google maps. Can we just get back to Google/Android news and not about always grasping to put all iOS things down to make us all feel some false sense of accomplishment because we chose android.

  • chris125

    Its also each the lte speeds decrease as millions more switch to lte day

  • gforce1963

    lol..can hot wheels sue for violating a track patent?

  • Zach Armstrong

    Is that a beacon from God, Lol good one

  • Be nice? They can kiss my A$$.

  • digitalicecream

    I updated my wife’s ipad, and now I really wish I hadn’t. But I was right, Tomtom provides the service. Poor Tomtom.

  • itznfb

    Think everyone over at TomTom is laughing their ass off right now? Hahaha we sold them crap from 1976 and they USED IT!!!!!

    • New_Guy

      They counted on Apple thinking like its own customer 🙂 …

      • AK

        And it worked.

  • Can’t talk to much about maps, considering the Hoover Dam in Google maps is still showing a messed up bridge in satellite view.

  • HAHAHAHA!!!! The comments are more fun than anything! You guys are cracking me up!

  • jimmy

    say what you want.. they are making a killing, so obviously a lot of people dont care.. I for one have never opened the maps program on any phone I have ever owned, whether it be android or apple.. 700.00 per share stock prices say a lot..

    • cns2007

      As of today:
      GOOG $728.12 +0.617
      AAPL $698.70 -3.40

      • Well, share price * # of shares is more revealing. AAPL market cap $655B, GOOG market cap, $238B

    • Chris Malkiewicz

      Actually right at $698…. Now Google on the other hand $728… share stock prices say a lot!

  • Mario Mendez

    Major diss

  • DAM08

    Google maps was never helpful anyway. There’s been many times its sent me to somewhere that doesn’t exist?? For example I was searching for a restaurant in Florida and it sent me to the ghetto. IOS6 maps have been working great with me and I really could care less if they don’t got a map of the Cayman Islands. Half of the people commenting on this don’t even know where that’s at!

    • That’s easy. The Cayman’s are in the ocean. Just use your iOS6 maps app for roadway directions at it will provide them.


  • Awww buuuuuurrrnnn!

  • enob

    This is the best article I have ever read.

  • I hope google blocks all IOS devices from using it’s map service, then charges them $10/mo to use it.

  • summit1986

    I’ll just leave this here…

  • Ricky


  • Aaron Fredricks

    this post is so perfect.

  • CHRIS42060

    Kellex I don’t think you’re not supposed to see underneath the cloud…….. I’m pretty sure that’s an iCloud

    • Hah 😛

    • New_Guy

      Aha! I don’t know why this commentsnt at the top =D!

  • T-Dizzle

    Thanks a lot, I just cracked up in the bathroom of a large corporate building. I’ll wait to exit when it’s empty 🙂

  • itznfb

    I also just realized that iOS6 UI is basically a copy of Android ROMS.

  • KB26

    People do realize calling the other side trolls doesn’t make you An angel
    … And yes I’m talking about you frankandsimple -.-

  • Once again, the end user gets screwed over for simple politics. By the time they get to where Google Maps is now, Google Maps will be light years ahead. But hey, apple’s innovating right!?

  • itsgonnalast

    Hilarious. Is this the stupidest thing Apple has ever done?

    • LionStone

      I think they’re gonna outdo the antennae-gate issue.

      • itsgonnalast

        You’re right, this is much worse! hehe

      • You’re using the search wrong

        • DivingDancer

          Probably just holding it wrong. Common problem amongst the isheep.

    • SergeantMike

      No. Think LISA, or the handwriting software on it’s Newton.

  • yellowcanary73

    I’ve had google maps to this to me lots of times.

    • frankandsimple

      exactly!.. I just remembered about the whole bunch of times I had similar issues with google maps!.. I still think Google Maps is more functional.. but singling out apple in such kinda childish way is just pathetic.

      • michael

        me too! I remember all of the examples!

      • FrankAndWeenie

        Cool story bro.

        • frankandsimple

          you mad bro?

          • David Lo

            you sad bro?

    • itznfb

      I’ve never seen Google maps put roads in the ocean, or have the landscape covered by waves, or have clouds covering your your entire route… not saying it’s never happened. I’ve driven all over the U.S. with Google maps and never had an issue other than small routing quirks all GPS systems have.

  • Bryan

    The maps app team is lucky Steve Jobs is gone. He would bust into one of their meetings and ask them what maps is supposed to do. And then ask them “Then why the $%#$ doesn’t it do that?” And then fire the product manager.

    • florious80

      You are absolutely correct he would have gone ballistic. It’s because he’s done exactly that before.

      • Was thinking about it this morning. There is no way in hell Jobs would have let this product go out looking and functioning like this.

        • dangolds

          I agree. Given Apple’s penchant for holding back on a feature until they’re positive it will work really well on their device (eg holding off on LTE for an extra year because of battery and performance concerns) I am shocked they put themselves in this position. They could have easily held off on releasing their map software until iOS7 and nobody would have cared. You’d figure either Jobs would have kept it out of the demo at this year’s development conference to hedge his bets or cracked the whip harder on his team to ensure a better functioning product upon release. Only thing I can figure is that Apple is so determined to put the same reason to Google, they were willing to shoot themselves in the foot in the process. In that respect, it is possible we’re still seeing the Jobs influence come through.

          • dangolds

            That was supposed to say “put the screws to Google”, not “put the same reason to Google.” Friggin swift key!

          • Amenemhat1

            You can control the auto correct feature when pressing the space bar in the “Advanced” section of the SwiftKey settings FYI. I hate that too, so I changed the space bar action to always insert a space rather than to replace with an auto corrected word.

  • MichaelFranz

    The airport picture must be land turbulance lol

    • itznfb

      lol. I laughed harder at that than I should have.