Apple's decision to replace Google Maps with it's own Map App in iOS 6 has produced some head-scratching and has cast a bit of a pall on an otherwise successful product launch. I get the impression this was a philosophical decision by Apple, to throw off any remaining associations with Google. CNET ran a side-by-side comparison, and it's obvious that in most cases the Google version is noticeably superior. While the Apple product is new and likely to be improved upon, it's odd they would launch with a product that compares so poorly to the previous solution. It also looks like Apple realized they had a bit of a dog on their hands as the The Register reports they put out ads for map engineers less than two weeks before the launch.