That's exactly what I'm thinking as well. Far too much work went into that mapping stuff to only use it on iOS devices.
Does ios nav have walk, bus or train navigation?
Either they need a desktop app or something. Sometimes you want to have stuff queued up on the desktop for in the car or later in the day.Strange comment is strange.
Far too much work went into it for it to only be used on some of the most profitable devices in the history of devices?
Apple has managed to almost entirely ignore "the web", and become the most profitable tech company in the post-web world. I don't see them jumping onto that bandwagon w/o creating a major advertising company out of it, ala Google AdSense.
On the other hand, one would assume that they would announce features that their competition lacked, showed features that were only available on the iPhone, or pretty much show how this is a monumental step forward apart from the fact that Apple gets more ad revenue/private data by implementing their own maps application.Mapping was one significant advantage Android had over iOS. In fact, probably the most significant advantage that didn't boil down to a preference one way or the other--ie widgets.
With iOS6, Apple is both fixing that gulf (by implementing the features Android has had for a while), making it easier for them to iterate on mapping later (by moving to their own technologies rather than being limited by Google), and introduced a few unique tweaks that might make Apple's implementation the best.
So, looking at this objectively, you don't understand why that would be a bullet point?
The previous application did, and it'd be a pretty huge step back if this one didn't.