If Apple wondered about how bad its own version of the Maps on iOS6 was, then this little news nugget should put any such lingering doubts to rest. It was pretty bad and that was to a point where a substantial number of users simply refused to update and switch over to the new iOS6 simply because they did not wish to lose the services of Google Maps. That though would have been a claim easy to refute for Apple before the launch of Google Maps App for iOS6. But post the Apps launch, it not only immediately hit the top slot in the apps tore charts, but also ensured that the iOS6 adoption rate surged by as much as nearly 30 percent within the span of a week!
Data from trusted sources and the latest reports suggest that there was a clear 29 percent increase in the adoption of iOS6 post the 12th of this month and that can be no coincidence as it is the day Apple approved the Google Maps App and allowed it into the App Store. While this might be bad advertising for Apple Maps, it necessarily is not a bad thing for Apple itself. The new surge means more users are on the same platform and hence there is a better chance of development and improvements as well.
It is also good news for developers as it pretty much decreases fragmentation and more people might be now willing to buy the iPhone 5 without any qualms as it comes preloaded with the iOS6. The end users will surely not be complaining and this once again simply shows two very basic aspects of product and app advertising. One is that quality sells and two, the best way to spread the word is in a traditional fashion- from person to person.
While stats show that people waited for the weekend for the lengthy OS update, it is clear that Apple needs to throw all its weight behind a top notch Maps App if it wishes to do away with Google Maps in the future.