Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 20th Sep 2012 19:24 UTC
Apple "The major new feature of the company's new iOS 6 mobile operating system is a new mapping module developed by Apple itself - a replacement for the Google-supplied maps that have been standard on the iPhone since it debuted in 2007. It is a change borne not of user demand, but of corporate politics: Google's Android platform is the biggest competitive threat to the iPhone, so Apple is cutting ties with Google. iPhone owners might have loved Google Maps, but Apple has no love for Google. Unfortunately, Apple's new maps are simply not as good as Google's." That's putting it mildly - my own town barely even exists on Apple's maps. It's basically a trainwreck, and according to The Verge, Apple has been working on this for the past five years. This is what happens when a company cares more about stupid grudges than its customers. Considering how much effort it has taken Google to get where it is now with maps, don't expect Apple's maps to even get near Google Maps any times soon. This isn't going to take months - this is going to take several years, if at all.
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RE[2]: Comment by Stephen!
by grahamtriggs on Thu 20th Sep 2012 23:52 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by Stephen!"
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"Worse was to follow as Google began introducing Map features such as turn-by-turn navigation to the Android version of it's mobile mapping offering but not to it's iOS version."

Apple controlled the iOS version, and held back it's features. Hell, that's their entire model with iOS - introduce new features, but deliberately hold back support across handsets to encourage users to upgrade.

They could easily have turned over the app to Google, and had a contract with them to keep the app up to date. But then that would mean features would ship without Apple's control, and weaken their upgrade PR.

Remember, Apple Maps restrict features to only the iPhone 4s and 5 that were in 3 year old Android phones. Restricting support has nothing to do with what the older iPhones are actually capable of.

"But Apple dropping Google maps doesn't just degrade Apple's maps, at least initially, it also undermines Google's mobile maps because mapping data gets better primarily through usage and not through design and at least half of Google's mobile map usage just went away. Half. So Google's maps will get worse (or at least stop getting better) whilst Apple gets to use all the usage by iOS users to enhance it's map offering. "

That's not really true. Whilst Apple has a more active (per handset) and profitable App Store, Android is pulling ahead in shipped handsets, thanks to the diversity of handsets (and prices). People may not buy many apps for Android, but that doesn't mean they don't use the apps that are installed. So Google will continue to accumulate more usage data for it's maps than Apple will, with or without their maps on iOS.

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