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Posted by Tony Costa on October 1, 2012
Now that Apple has apologized and the uproar over Mapplegate is starting to subside, it's time to step back and focus on why Apple had to do what it did. The fact is, Apple had to replace Google Maps for three reasons:
We can quibble about whether or not Apple released Maps prematurely, but that misses the point. To quote my college Ted Schadler once again: “Apple had to do maps. It had no choice.” Maps are just too important to leave off the table. In all likelihood, a year from now, we will all be asking ourselves why Apple didn’t pull the plug on Google Maps sooner.
What do you think? Was Apple's entry into maps inevitable, or could they leave it to Google?