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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JAlexoid
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2009-05-19

For what it's worth, I agree with you that Apple moving away from Google to OpenStreetMap data would be a very good thing if it improves openness. I also think it's a shame if Google are becoming more closed over their mapping or they squeeze out other players.

In the longer term, this move by Apple may be good for both their customers and mapping in general.


It's a shame that most mapping data is proprietary and licensed. Unfortunately creating maps is no YouTube'ing affair. But it could take off if someone made it as fun.

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flypig Member since:
2005-07-13

It's a shame that most mapping data is proprietary and licensed.

Yes, I totally agree. In the UK there was a big push to get the Ordnance Survey (the government's mapping department) to release its map data for free, which eventually succeeded.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2010/apr/01/ordnance-survey-ma...

Apparently OS data is being used in Apple's software.

Unfortunately creating maps is no YouTube'ing affair. But it could take off if someone made it as fun.

I guess this is what OpenStreetMap is trying to achieve, and apparently succeeding up to a point. I'd be impressed if they ever reach the same quantity of contributions as YouTube, but I suspect technology holds the answer. I agree the easier (e.g. automatic GPS-enabled mapping), more social and more fun it is, the more likely people are to contribute.

Here's an article on the topic I thought was interesting:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/2012/mar/28/openstreetmap-g...

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