This Week’s Chitter Chatter – Apple Maps, New Blackberrys, Facebook Gifts and Bad Piggies

We reported last week on the release of iOS 6 for iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches and the fact that the Apple’s New Maps app, which came as part of the new release, left alot to be desired.

Well, things got so bad that Apple CEO Tim Cook was forced to issue an apology to Apple customers last week:

At Apple, we strive to make world-class products that deliver the best experience possible to our customers. With the launch of our new maps last week, we fell short on this commitment. We are extremely sorry for the frustration this has caused our customers.

Cook even went as far as to recommend rival products – including Google Maps, the product that Apple dropped when it created its own map app.

Glitches included the return of Aldwych Tube Station (closed for 20 years) and Woolworths, and the disappearance of the entirety of Stratford-upon-Avon.

Talking of appearances and disappearances, the new Blackberry L and N series made a very brief appearance on Vimeo last week before being swiftly taken down. Luckily for Blackberry fans, the Crackberry site was able to take some screenshots before they vanished.  It looks like the L series will be full touchscreen device whilst the N series will feature a full qwerty keyboard. Both will run the new Blackberry operating system, BB10.

Those of you who spend so much time on checking out your newsfeeds that you forget to buy friends and family birthday gifts will be pleased to learn that gift shopping is coming to Facebook.

We’ll talk more about this later but suffice it to say that the gifts you’ll be able to buy range from clothes to homeware to soft toys and they’re real, not virtual.  Facebook Gifts has only been rolled out in selected US cities so far but we don’t expect it will be too long until it reaches these shores.

Finally, those of you obsessed with Angry Birds will be pleased to learn that Rovio, that company that created it, have released a new game – Bad Piggies.

The game was inspired by the world of Angry Birds and gives the pigs the chance to exact their revenge on the birds that attacked them with slingshots.

Head of Game development, Petri Jarvilehto, promises a unique gaming experience.

Angry Birds games are essentially like you’re shooting birds with a sling shot and the way we see the birds destroy things whereas the pigs they are the builders. So this is a game that’s completely based around the concept of the pigs building things – they see delicious eggs and start heading that way and start building all kinds of devices to reach their goal.

It remains to be seen whether gamers will prefer building stuff to shooting stuff but if you’re the constructive type, you can find Bad Piggies in the Apple and Android App Stores.