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.
Thread beginning with comment 536007
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
maps.google.com?
by vault on Fri 21st Sep 2012 19:48 UTC
vault
Member since:
2005-09-15

So... I'm not a heavy maps user so maybe I'm missing something important here, but what exactly is preventing people from bookmarking maps.google.com in mobile Safari and using that instead? It seems to offer about all the features that were previously available.

Do people REALLY need an "app" for everything now days, or is it something else?

Reply Score: 2

RE: maps.google.com?
by brichpmr on Sat 22nd Sep 2012 12:42 in reply to "maps.google.com?"
brichpmr Member since:
2006-04-22

So... I'm not a heavy maps user so maybe I'm missing something important here, but what exactly is preventing people from bookmarking maps.google.com in mobile Safari and using that instead? It seems to offer about all the features that were previously available.

Do people REALLY need an "app" for everything now days, or is it something else?


I have actually done just that to compare the Google web maps with the new IOS6 Maps. In my experience, the new native Apple iteration has more fluid interface, just as good turn by turn directions and far superior and up to date satellite data for the locations I have tested. Now, I didn't have any dislike for the previous Google Map in IOS5, but the new app has excellent potential to blow Google out of the water, IMO.

Reply Parent Score: 0

RE: maps.google.com?
by Bobthearch on Sat 22nd Sep 2012 14:45 in reply to "maps.google.com?"
Bobthearch Member since:
2006-01-27

Do people REALLY need an "app" for everything now days, or is it something else?


Two reasons come to mind, how apps in general (I have no experience with iOS) could be superior or preferred to online access:

- Integration with the device hardware. GPS, compass, camera, etc.

- Functional without network connection.

Reply Parent Score: 3

RE[2]: maps.google.com?
by vault on Sat 22nd Sep 2012 21:11 in reply to "RE: maps.google.com?"
vault Member since:
2005-09-15

Frankly, I don't think those are relevant for iOS. For one, google web page seems to have no problems with accessing native Location Services (if you allow it), and second - the maps app needs online connection to download maps on the fly, it always did.

See, that's what irks me about all those apps. Most of them do nothing that a web page can't do. Wikipedia app? It does the same thing as Wikipedia web page (and the page has a mobile layout already). IMDB app? Same thing. When I visit some web forum, it prompts me that there is an app for it. Why? What's the point? Why would I download an app when I already have the forum right in front of my eyes...

It may be true that there are thousands of apps in app store, but from what I found, most of them seem to be just front-ends for already available web services.

Reply Parent Score: 2

RE: maps.google.com?
by JAlexoid on Mon 24th Sep 2012 09:24 in reply to "maps.google.com?"
JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

The maps API available to apps is as broken as the maps app. No maps.google.com is going to help there.

Reply Parent Score: 2