I am telling you that this app IS indeed a disaster for Apple. Just look at what Tim Cook said recently. It has already been a disaster for your company. I am a hardware engineer in a top university and I am telling you I will advertise against working for your company. That in the long run, will be a disaster.
You know what's worse than that? Your attitude.
I totally agree with perapoma and condemn the attitude of people like rbrylawski
Having a malfunctional map application is a disaster at the personal level for anyone who was relying on Google Maps in his/her daily life routine. I work in sales and I move around alot and Google Maps was the second most important application to me after the phone itself. Without it I had a big miss in my life during the past week.
I live in Dubai and Apple's iLost Maps doesn't cover anything here. It couldn't show even the route to a world icon like the tallest building in the world for example. It actually doesn't show the route to anywhere in this region. It has only maps and distorted images. A local paper map is 1000 times better than these maps which claimed to be having teething problems.
These aren't teething propblems. This is an abnoxious attitude of a company that doesn't respect its clients and doesn't care for what is good for them. It is a selfish act to use its clients against their will as gennypigs to improve its pathetic maps application without giving those same customers the option to "downgrade". I strongly believe that a company that converts its loyal customers to "dreamers" of "downgrading" isn't worth working for, investing in, or buying from.
And before Apple fanboy philosophers start practicing their hobby of advising to switch to other suppliers I would like to tell them that I will difinitely do that. I am just too busy to make this transfer now. I am using an application on my 64GB iPhone 4S that required more than 4,000 manual downloads and I spent months doing that. I just don't have the time to do this again now but iPhone 4S is definitely my last Apple device ever.