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Four years and one embarrassment later, Apple Maps is genuinely worthy of challenging Google Maps (AAPL)

Apple Maps, by all accounts, was a disaster. When it tried to displace the reliable and ubiquitous Google Maps in iOS 6, it quickly turned into a punchline — inaccurate, buggy, and wholly undercooked. It was enough of a trainwreck that Apple CEO Tim Cook had to publicly apologize for how terrible it was, a nigh unprecedented move in Apple land. To the company’s credit, though, it’s steadily cleaned up that mess.
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