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[3]: My, my...
by flypig on Sat 22nd Sep 2012 09:05 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: My, my..."
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A mapping service database has just too much inertia to be fixed in a single year with Apple's usual closed and secretive development practices. No matter how much engineers they put on it, they won't manage.


There are actually quite a few different mapping databases that Apple could use other than TomTom's and Google's that they've used so far. I'd have thought they could switch to one of the other ones if users feel the current data isn't up to scratch.

It's not impossible to imagine they'd move back to Google's database either. They don't seem to have any intrinsic issue using services from other companies that directly compete (e.g. Samsung).

Finally, they've already acquired companies to provide data for their maps (e.g. C3 technologies) and no doubt have enough money to collect their own data.

I'm not saying any of this will actually happen, but if the core technology of their mapping application is good, then I've no doubt Apple has avenues for fixing the data.

[Edited to fix typo.]

Edited 2012-09-22 09:06 UTC

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