As an Apple developer, we are prevented from telling the public a lot of what is coming in future Apple releases. This week's announcement sort of went THUD on some people's expectations of "Where's the iPhone 5 and the iPad Mini?"
The iPhone 5 and a smaller iPad Mini is coming. But it will be later this year. All I can say about the iPad Mini is it's very cool, a little smaller and will be Apple's answer to the Kindle. A smaller iPad and a price point of $179 is entirely possible.The iPhone 5 is going to under go a few more changes before any developers get their hands on a final model. Thinner, larger display and Siri version 2 will be the main attractions.
Nonetheless there were a lot of exciting developments for Apple's new Internet Operating System or iOS version 6.
This week's announcements were about Apple giving the boot to Google. This means Google is going to lose out on more than 370 million people with iPhones and iPads. No more Google maps on Apple wireless devices.
This is not to say, that for a limited (phase out) time that Google maps won't still be working if you bring up your Safari browser and head over to: Maps.Google.com -- Apple has not disclosed how that might be replaced with Apple's mapping technology -- so we developers can only make educated guesses on that.
Nonehtless, Apple's improvements are really jaw-droppers now that Siri has been improved and you'll soon have Siri with turn by turn directions on your iPhone and Siri comes to the iPad now, too. Yay!
After iOS version 6 is released to the public along with Mountain Lion, mapping will be done with Apple's Open Street View Maps. And there will be a lot of new APPs to take advantage of this, too.
Like the ability for anyone to create a custom map with turn by turn directions that you can send instantly to your prospect via Facebook, email or push notifications that are built into the operating system itself. How cool is that going to be?
Google gets it wrong sometimes. Here in Colorado Springs both Google and Tom Tom show the DMV office in the middle of a cinder brick wall. With firms like Mapping Frenzy (coming soon) anyone can correct Google's mistake with your own custom map and you can share the correct way to get there over any social media network.
The company is called MappingFrenzy.com and it's worth a look. Sign up for the beta if you get time.