Remember the reaction Apple's Maps app received? All that animosity and criticism surrounding Apple's young, new mapping and turn by turn app? Well, it looks like, perhaps, it didn't matter to most folks in the United States.
Apple’s much-derided Maps app is rapidly catching up to Google’s (GOOGL) Maps app, the U.S. market leader. More than 42 million people used Apple Maps in the three months ended in June, compared to 64 million using Google. And iTunes Radio, the Pandora (P) clone that’s seen few improvements since it arrived last year, had almost 41 million U.S. users compared to Pandora’s 69 million. The totals include users on both iPhones and Android, even though Apple doesn't offer its apps on Android.Credit Yahoo
I added some emphasis there, to further drive home the power of Apple's ecosystem. What do people with android phones even do with them?
And even though reviewers may recommend the competition, Apple can promote its own apps by installing them by default on new iPhones, and adding them to older models when users upgrade their software.Credit Yahoo
So it seems folks are perfectly happy with Apple's Maps. Apple even included a section of the App Store for all other major mapping applications, and folks still decided to use the default the most. I thought this was interesting to see.
Bonus information from the article -- Just stuff we all knew already:
The successes demonstrate the power of Apple’s brand and its iOS ecosystem. Among all U.S. smartphone users, 44.5%, or 67.4 million, were on Apple’s iPhone. They represented the wealthier side as well, with median annual income of $85,000 compared to $61,000 for Android users.