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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It's not only Apple's fault
by wocowboy on Fri 21st Sep 2012 10:26 UTC
wocowboy
Member since:
2006-06-01

Another Apple bashing article, placing no blame on Google at all, what a surprise. I suppose Google raising the cost of its API for maps very significantly had nothing to do with Apple's decision? Apple is not the only manufacturer to contemplate removing Google Maps from their phones, so please don't make out like it is all on Apple again.

And by the way, Apple's mapping application is based on an OPEN SOURCE project, something that OS News has been known to be supportive of in the past, but I guess since Apple is involved, being open source does not apply for some reason. Interesting. This open source project may not be as perfect as Google Maps but it is very good on its own merits, and I commend Apple for supporting them.

Edited 2012-09-21 10:29 UTC

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

TomTom is open source?

News to me.

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henderson101 Member since:
2006-05-30

I think the confusion arises from Apple using OSM in one of their apps a while back. Though, who knows where the data is from. Just because the engine is based on one technology, doesn't mean all of the data comes from the same source. You'd think TomTom would have better maps of your home town, given they are Dutch. Ironic?

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wocowboy Member since:
2006-06-01

TomTom is not the only source for this new mapping application. OpenStreetMap is also being used to a great degree, and it IS open source, crowd sourced, and all that. As are other tools they are using.

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Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

Wait, so it isn't Apple's fault that they released a map app without doing any QA at all?
How could that possibly be Google's fault that Apple didn't do their job?

I suppose Google raising the cost of its API for maps very significantly had nothing to do with Apple's decision?


They did?

Apple is not the only manufacturer to contemplate removing Google Maps from their phones, so please don't make out like it is all on Apple again.


We haven't seen those other manufacturers release substandard apps.

Apple's mapping application is based on an OPEN SOURCE project


So what? That doesn't automagically make the app good.

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