Google Maps vs. Apple Maps


While I am not sure if Apple or Google decided that the iPhone 5 would have no longer Google Maps Data; I am sure that Apple’s self-inflicted map app has been widely criticized in the media. In a review by Walt Mossberg in the Wall Street Journal about the Iphone 5 he called it ‘a step backward’ and ‘the biggest drawback’ of the new phone.

After the launch of the iOS6 system, which comes preloaded with Apple Maps, some strange things happened. According to Garside in an article about the new Apple Maps Appin the Guardian (2012) users reported that London had been relocated to Ontario, Paddington station had disapeared, the Sears Tower in Chicago had shrunk, and Helsinki railway station had been turned into a park. The most notable report was in Dublin, where a previously undiscovered airport popped up. Airfield, a 35-acre Greenfield site with working farm, formal gardens and cafe, has been designated as an airport by the Apple database, which has labeled it with the airplane icon it uses for genuine aircraft landing spots.

Mapping is a really important function for smartphones. I always use it when I’m lost and I’m sure I’m not the only one. It’s also an essential way to find something somewhere, whatever you’re looking for. I’m an Android user, so I haven’t experienced the Apple Maps App yet. Anyone who did? What do you think about it? Found any new airports? 😉

 

Sources:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2012/sep/20/apple-maps-ios6-station-tower
http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2012/09/19/the-verdict-on-apples-new-map-app-compared-with-google-maps-it-sucks/
http://allthingsd.com/20120918/the-iphone-takes-to-the-big-screen/
http://www.thejournal.ie/alan-shatter-apple-maps-airport-dundrum-602115-Sep2012/?utm_source=twitter_self

 

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12 responses to “Google Maps vs. Apple Maps”

  1. karolgornowicz says :

    Yes, I totally agree with you. Apple went to far in my opinion this time.
    Here are some more ridiculous examples of new maps features: 🙂 http://theamazingios6maps.tumblr.com/ I laughed hard, believe me.
    With the new iOS6 youtube app has also been removed.
    As we can see, various applications and their brandsare becoming more and more relevant for the businesses. Even superbly innovative and globally-regarded Apple might face serious trouble trying to replace some of them.

    • robertmauritsloth says :

      I have had very bad experiences with Apple maps. Google maps is still the most accurate one I think…

  2. jakubflorkiewicz says :

    Well

    Indeed Apple is said to be riddled with inaccuracies, misplaced towns and cities and omitted key landmarks, but here is they new promise to improve it: http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-19672981
    😉

  3. kgornowicz says :

    Yes, I totally agree with you. Apple went to far in my opinion this time.
    Here are some more ridiculous examples of new maps features: 🙂 http://theamazingios6maps.tumblr.com/ I laughed hard, believe me.
    With the new iOS6 youtube app has also been removed.
    As we can see, various applications and their brandsare becoming more and more relevant for the businesses. Even superbly innovative and globally-regarded Apple might face serious trouble trying to replace some of them.

  4. dekkerhans says :

    I thought Apple was the one who ended the collaboration with Google. Very disappointing that Apple did this and didn’t even prepare a good replacement. Fortunately, you can still use Google maps in your browser, just visit: maps.Google.com.

  5. Robert Boerrigter says :

    Yeah, seems Apple thought it was more important to get rid of Google then to increase usability. Not really what we are used to with Apple. Anyone got a suggestion as to why they made this move?

    • jobdegroot says :

      It is hard to say what specifically made them decide to leave the maps platform, but the intensifying rivalry between the two tech companies is already going on for a few years now. In Jobs his biography is mentioned that he declares ‘war’ to Google after them entering the smartphone business. This was soon followed by Eric Smith (Google CEO back then) leaving the Apple Board and now the discontinuity of Maps and Youtube.

      It is interesting to see that the collaboration with an other big competitor, Samsung is still going on. Besides blackmailing each-other in adds, Samsung is still apple’s main supplier for iPhone and MAC components.

  6. martinsrna says :

    I think Apple’s ultimate goal is to become not only vertically integrated but also independent. That’s the reason they acquired couple of companies in the past 5 years, mainly the 3 in order to develop the new Maps app. I am not trying to defend Apple, the new app sucks big time and I am very disappointed that after a long time, I am using Apple’s product which just DOESN’T WORK. But from the company’s point view, it makes perfect sense and hopefully they will catch up (Google is in the map business for 10 years, far more then Apple).

  7. robbertbrouwers says :

    I’m pretty sure it’s Apple who has decided to build their own map app. (as also mentioned here: http://techcrunch.com/2012/09/28/well-played-on-maps-apple-your-move-google/). There’s also an interesting note in there on how this is a good thing because “it creates competition, which in turn creates better products”. I agree on that, just look at the Google Maps app that Google has launched after Apple’s own Map; it’s really, really good, both in UX and functionality.

    Now for Apple, I don’t think it’s a very strange move to build your own map app. Mapping services are a big part of the information infrastructure and are bound to become even bigger with the integration of internet in cars, smartwatches etc. It makes sense that you want to do this internally.

    In my opinion, Apple made one huge mistake; they underestimated the effort, time and resources that go in to building a map app as good as Google’s. And this is huge, because basically they only had one real shot: right after the launch that included the new Apple map was introduced.

    For me, something like a map app -something you will use often- is all about habits. You’re used to using Google Maps and it’s considered a good app; Google knows what it’s doing. Now, a competitor comes along and wants to compete with Google, they’ll need a really, really good app to make you switch since Google Maps is just that good. When given a choice, I doubt whether anyone would have downloaded the Apple Maps app.

    So what happened is that Apple forced their own map on iPhone users, because well… they can. They had their one shot of changing everyone’s habit of using Google Maps and ruined this chance; everybody pissed at Apple Maps, news reports on how bad it is, websites with funny stuff about it going viral etc. In the mean time, Google is prepping a new app and it launched -i believe- a couple of months after the whole iOS change to Apple Maps.

    And they nailed it.

    So, as mentioned in the first paragraph; it’s a good thing Apple made their own app, because it creates competition. I think Google Maps for iOS is better now than it would have been without the competition of Apple Maps.

  8. 356050lo says :

    I do not have any experience with Apple Maps, but I am a big fan of Google Maps. I am sure that the introduction of Apple Maps has lead to improvements in Google Maps, since they are competitors – Google Maps is both available on Android and on iOS, while Apple Maps is solely available on iOS.

    A new competitor for Google Maps is coming, called ‘Nokia Here Maps for Android’. This application seems to come with additional features, of wich offering online data for entire continents is the greatest strength. Contrary to Nokia Here Maps for Android, Google only offers offline data for specific countries.

    I wonder how this application will change the number of Google Maps users. This application will become available before the new versions of Apple Maps and Google Maps, which will probably work in their favor!

  9. 356050lo says :

    I do not have any experience with Apple Maps, but I am a big fan of Google Maps. I am sure that the introduction of Apple Maps has lead to improvements in Google Maps, since they are competitors – Google Maps is both available on Android and on iOS, while Apple Maps is solely available on iOS.

    A new competitor for Google Maps is coming, called ‘Nokia Here Maps for Android’. Nokia will give Samsung Galaxy smartphone owners advanced access to the Google Maps alternative. This application seems to come with additional features, of wich offering online data for entire continents is the greatest strength. Contrary to Nokia Here Maps for Android, Google only offers offline data for specific countries.

    I wonder how this application will change the number of Google Maps users. This application will become available before the new versions of Apple Maps and Google Maps, which will probably work in their favor! On the other hand, the relations between Google and Samsung are already a bit tense, and Google might respond very competitive with a fantastic version of Google Maps. As they already have considerable experience in making maps, they probably have lots of loyal customers and might know what it is exactly that the users want.

  10. 418489aarsm says :

    The difference is so stark while using these apps in non-western countries like India. While google maps continuously keep evolving, adding more details and features, apple maps have been quite static for a long time. In 2014 , they promised to overhaul the system with the launch of ios8. While google maps gives a near accurate version of the location, apple maps seems entirely lost in tier 2 cities

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