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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I know that the new apple maps are using OpenStreetMap(OSM) data. As a contributor I am happy but I also want to stress all the problems can be fixed and ironed out by anyone. MapQuest started using OSM maps and they included a bug feature as well as an edditor on the site to allow for users to fix the little bug in their area right away. What I don't know about the map implementation of Apple is how up to date is their data, is it a fork of OSM(if it is they can got f#$% themselves) and weather they communicated that the map is editable fixable by practically anyone and that there are ways of reporting bugs that other OSM mappers would be happy to see. Furthermore if they are syncing up with OSM it would be nice to know how often they are.

In defence of OSM it can be even more detailed than Google maps and google maps it self has plenty of bugs and inaccurate information it self. The fact that anyone could get involved contribute and not have your contributions owned and exploited by a corporation is another plus. OSM has helped save lives in Haiti and is the standard crisis map since everyone can contribute and edit it on the fly and there are plenty of humanitarian mappers. Having access to the data separates it from other maps because any interested person can use their software stack and data to render their own custom map allowing for interesting projects to arise like wheelmap a map for people in wheelchairs focused on improving the lives of handicapped individuals. Also there is the OpenCycleMap that is focused on bicycles allowing for cyclist to plan easier more effective routes. So please don't judge OSM too harshly it is a very important map that you the people can control, please help make it even better.

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What I don't know about the map implementation of Apple is how up to date is their data, is it a fork of OSM(if it is they can got f#$% themselves)

I seem to remember that Apple was using OSM previously in some other application (iPhoto?), and there was some controversy because the data was used without proper attribution. And in coverage of that controversy, I thought I saw it mentioned that Apple was using old OSM data specifically to get around the attribution requirement (something about the old data being covered an older license that didn't require attribution).

Sadly, I can't find the details anymore, so grains of salt & all that.

EDIT: found it:

It's speculative, but that may still turn out to be the explanation for some of the issues (using/forking old data to get license requirements).

Edited 2012-09-21 19:36 UTC

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