Apple to acquire Waze?

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Re: Apple to acquire Waze?

Postby dmcconachie » Thu Jan 03, 2013 1:43 pm

jmp316 wrote:And then I saw this:

http://bgr.co/WmYV0j

That's just a summary of the Techcrunch article.
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Re: Apple to acquire Waze?

Postby slicer » Thu Jan 03, 2013 1:36 pm

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Re: Apple to acquire Waze?

Postby jasonh300 » Thu Jan 03, 2013 4:05 am

This rumor has been around for over a year now. Considering Waze's behind the scenes licensing with Bing, it would be just as likely that Microsoft would buy them. I think that at this point, the chance of Microsoft or Apple acquiring Waze is slim to none.
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Re: Apple to acquire Waze?

Postby harling » Thu Jan 03, 2013 2:19 am

Poopstick wrote:I hope it will never happen. Apple's stalinian policy is the complete opposite of the waze project. Android users would be screwed, and they are more than 50pc of the community.

The Apple ][ personal computer was a completely open architecture, as (the "other" Steve) Wozniak dreamed. Along with a User's Manual, it came with a Programmer's Manual and even a book of schematics! Its success eventually funded Steve Jobs' black-box Macintosh, and Apple has assumed a "you don't need to know that" mentality about its products ever since. That's where they lost me.

If Apple were to acquire Waze, I predict:
  • Map editing (along with most other participation by the general public) would become a thing of the past;
  • The quality of the routing and the client code would improve;
  • Responsiveness to the user community would suffer;
  • Additional platforms would be supported;
  • Android would not be abandoned, but might lag in development--and might no longer be free;
On the other hand, it's true that this rumor has circulated before, so I'd take the whole thing with a grain of salt.
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Re: Apple to acquire Waze?

Postby petervdveen » Wed Jan 02, 2013 11:15 pm

I don't think you really have to wory about this.
This rumor gets back every now and then.
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Re: Apple to acquire Waze?

Postby mssusa » Wed Jan 02, 2013 10:30 pm

Even if this happens I don't think Android client will be affected. The entire system relies on people using it to monitor traffic. They need as many users as possible. They might even spend money to make WP and BB clients.

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Re: Apple to acquire Waze?

Postby aduljr » Wed Jan 02, 2013 10:22 pm

I would hate it if apple acquire Waze. Android support would surely disappear at somepoint which would leave me looking for another app to use on my daily commutes. :(
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Re: Apple to acquire Waze?

Postby StevenSimpson » Wed Jan 02, 2013 10:18 pm

I'm with jmp316 on this one. I have been a pretty loyal Apple user/stock owner...but...I have sold my stock in Apple as I feel they are not the company that they previously were.
I would rather Waze continue along as they have been without Apple having ownership/oversight.
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Re: Apple to acquire Waze?

Postby dmcconachie » Wed Jan 02, 2013 8:58 pm

It's not just an Operating System though, it's a walled garden.

Can't see it myself. We've been here before.
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Re: Apple to acquire Waze?

Postby OldGnome » Wed Jan 02, 2013 8:56 pm

Goodness. There is an amazing amount of vitriol toward Apple hereabouts. I have usually only encountered that level of venom toward Microsoft.

Geez, folks. It's just an operating system.
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