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: It's not only Apple's fault
by Thom_Holwerda on Fri 21st Sep 2012 10:34 UTC in reply to "It's not only Apple's fault"
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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brichpmr Member since:
2006-04-22

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?


According to the IOS6 review, there are multiple data sources utilized by Apple for its Maps:

http://www.anandtech.com/show/6302/apple-ios-6-review-maps-investig...

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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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Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

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.

Is there a source for that ? So far, although people like Tony Swash have been repeatedly claiming it, the only proof of Apple making heavy use of OSM which I have seen was about iPhoto, not this new Maps app. Anandtech's review rather makes it sound like OSM is one provider among many others, not a central part of the iMaps ecosystem.

Edited 2012-09-23 08:47 UTC

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