Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 26th Sep 2017 10:08 UTC

Consistency is Apple's main motivation given for switching the results from Microsoft's Bing to Google in these cases. Safari on Mac and iOS already currently use Google search as the default provider, thanks to a deal worth billions to Apple (and Google) over the last decade. This change will now mirror those results when Siri, the iOS Search bar or Spotlight is used.

"Switching to Google as the web search provider for Siri, Search within iOS and Spotlight on Mac will allow these services to have a consistent web search experience with the default in Safari," reads an Apple statement sent this morning. "We have strong relationships with Google and Microsoft and remain committed to delivering the best user experience possible."

Interesting move. The only logical move, of course - Bing is terrible - but still interesting if you look at the relationship between Apple and Google.

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RE: about time,
by cranfordio on Wed 27th Sep 2017 13:03 UTC in reply to "about time,"
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Bing is terrible, i know Google like to collect data but i would love for apple to throw out Apple maps and replace this with google maps.

The ability to download and with much better direction/navigation (Apple maps has on numerous times got stuck in a loop, turn left, turn left etc..) is why i use the google maps app all the time, however it would be nice to have this more tightly integrated into iOS and the apple watch.

I don't have a source for this, but if I recall correctly, though I may be remembering rumors as opposed to facts, the main reason Apple dropped Google Maps was because of data collection. Google knew they had the best product on the market at the time and told Apple that they wanted more user information or Apple couldn't have Maps anymore, so Apple chose to build their own.

I think Google Maps and Apple Maps can vary greatly based on where you live. These are of course my experiences where I drive and use navigation. The first positive for Apple Maps is the integration with the OS and Siri. Being able to just tell Apple Maps where I want to go without making sure the app is open is the number one reason I use Apple Maps.

I drive to several remote locations and for me Apple Maps gives the best directions. It seems like Google Maps is trying to purposely make me drive by businesses when it isn't necessary. For example, when I go to my parents it is almost 15 minutes faster to get off on one exit and take the back roads to their house. Apple Maps tells me to go that way. But, Google Maps wants me to go to the next exit, where all the restaurants and shops are, and then go through town. It is only 15 minutes extra in a five hour drive, but for me every minute counts. I could be wrong but I feel Google does this on purpose because they know that retailers are the ones that pay for advertising and they want to try and lead you toward them when possible. But, this 15 minutes is the longest extra time I have ever seen Google Maps take me. Often it is only a few minutes and 80+% of the time the routes are exactly the same.

As far as rerouting around traffic I have found them to both be equal. My wife, she still prefers and uses Google Maps, and I tested it a few times on long road trips and every time an alternate route was suggested due to traffic they both suggested the same alternate route within a minute of each other.

The one thing where Google Maps is better is with telling me which lane to be in. But, for me at least, I don't find it all that useful because I have been driving for decades before we got turn-by-turn navigation in our smartphones so I still read the road signs.

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