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No "you're holding it wrong", no "that's just the way it is." Instead, Apple today released an almost unprecedented apology via their website from CEO Tim Cook.

Tim Cook went on to offer a full scale apology, complete with an explanation as to why they moved away from Google Maps and that they're doing everything they can to make it better. In addition to apologizing for inconveniencing their customers, Tim Cook offered alternatives the are currently available in the App Store, such as Bing, MapQuest, or bookmarking Google or Nokia Maps.

While Apple's apology itself was impressive, the bigger question here is what is broken at Apple, that this apology should ever have had to been offered in the first place. Only time will tell, but hopefully this is the kick in the pants that Apple needed to remember Steve Jobs' legacy of "it just works."

Full Apple Statement »

To our customers,

At Apple, we strive to make world-class products that deliver the best experience possible to our customers. With the launch of our new Maps last week, we fell short on this commitment. We are extremely sorry for the frustration this has caused our customers and we are doing everything we can to make Maps better.

We launched Maps initially with the first version of iOS. As time progressed, we wanted to provide our customers with even better Maps including features such as turn-by-turn directions, voice integration, Flyover and vector-based maps. In order to do this, we had to create a new version of Maps from the ground up.

There are already more than 100 million iOS devices using the new Apple Maps, with more and more joining us every day. In just over a week, iOS users with the new Maps have already searched for nearly half a billion locations. The more our customers use our Maps the better it will get and we greatly appreciate all of the feedback we have received from you.

While we’re improving Maps, you can try alternatives by downloading map apps from the App Store like Bing, MapQuest and Waze, or use Google or Nokia maps by going to their websites and creating an icon on your home screen to their web app.

Everything we do at Apple is aimed at making our products the best in the world. We know that you expect that from us, and we will keep working non-stop until Maps lives up to the same incredibly high standard.

Tim Cook
Apple’s CEO