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[4]: Comment by Stephen!
by Laurence on Fri 21st Sep 2012 15:47 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by Stephen!"
Laurence
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We don't have any confirmed stats for Google map usage by platform but what we do know, because it has been confirmed from multiple sources over a period of time, is that iOS users use the web on their devices significantly more than Android users.

Nice try, but Google Maps isn't a web app (well, it is now for iOS6 lol). It's a smart phone app which pulls data directly from Google's cloud - so while it does depend on the internet (and, to a lesser extent, the web), it's not a reflection of user-agent stats for mobile browsers.


So I think it is reasonable to assume that map usage is probably running at a similar rate to general web use and search use

Assumptions are the mother of all fuck ups.

We know that Android outsells iOS by quite some margin. Not everyone who buys a smart phone will bother to surf the web with it (I certainly try to avoid doing that if I can help it) but default apps (such as Google Maps is on Android) do get used - a lot. So it's not unreasonable to assume that Google Maps usage wouldn't the same as general web surfing.


We know iOS system upgrades are adopted fast and by a very high percentage of iOS users so as I said almost all that map traffic to Google traffic will disappear in the next few weeks as iOS 6 system upgrades continue.

I guess only time will tell.

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