Good Bye Google Maps.

Services for Real Estate Pros with Virtual Pictures Corp. (VPiX)

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:   -- 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 and it's worth a look. Sign up for the beta if you get time. 


Posted by

Bart Wilson | CIO
Virtual Pictures Corp (VPiX®)  
iPhone: (719) 645-9940  |  Skype:  vpix360 


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Elite Home Sales Team
Elite Home Sales Team OC - Corona del Mar, CA
A Tenacious and Skilled Real Estate Team

That does sound great.  I can hardly wait.  No mini yet I need mine.

Jun 16, 2012 01:02 AM #1
Edward & Celia Maddox
The Celtic Connection Realty - Queen Creek, AZ

Thanks for the update.  The new Ipad sounds like it might be worth waiting for

Jun 16, 2012 01:22 AM #2
Erv Fleishman
Realty Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Luxury Prop Specialist Realty Associates

All this needs to be analyzed with a dynamic outlook not a static one. 

Google will respond and improve their product.

The war ultimately benefits the consumer.

Where in the world is Monument?

Jun 16, 2012 01:54 AM #3
Bill Gillhespy
16 Sunview Blvd - Fort Myers Beach, FL
Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos

Hey Bart,  Thanks for the update.  Those big guys duke it out and the custmer wins - usually !

Jun 16, 2012 03:50 AM #4
Donald Hester
NCW Home Inspections, LLC - Wenatchee, WA
NCW Home Inspections, LLC

Bart, That is good to know. Right now I am android based but you never know what the future lies.

Jun 16, 2012 06:30 AM #5
Sussie Sutton
UTR Texas Realtors - Pearland, TX
UTR TEXAS Realtors - Rep for buyers and sellers.

I love google maps but if the new apple map can be better... well then here's my 30 pieces of sliver.. ;0/

Jun 16, 2012 01:12 PM #6
Maria Morton
Chartwell Kansas City Realty - Kansas City, MO
Kansas City Real Estate 816-560-3758
Hmmm, I will miss Google maps. Hope the new maps will be as easy and fast.
Jun 30, 2012 01:02 AM #7
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