Apple replaces Google for its own Maps app with 3D view and voice-guided navigation
0. phoneArena 11 Jun 2012, 13:53 posted on
In the last weeks those rumors that Apple is ready to ditch Google Maps from its devices and replace it with its own mapping and navigational solution reached a crescendo, and they all turned out correct...
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1. md227a (Posts: 141; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)
Oh wow, so now Iphone users can use the same mapping features android has had for over two years.
4. joaolx (Posts: 364; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)
Google Maps was for years on the iPhone so all they're doing is really do they're own Maps app. That way apple can make a faster and better integration with iOS.
17. LionStone (Posts: 730; Member since: 10 Dec 2010)
Yes but it was just that, a map...much like a map in a glovebox.
15. shadowcell (Posts: 300; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)
You mean the robotic voiced beta navigation that leaves throws me awkward directions?
I mean sure if it's free but I think it's about time I got myself a "sweet talker" that doesn't sound like a drone.
36. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)
uh ya pretty much... wud u rather apple just not implement them or something? like idk why it is a bad thing...
anyways flyover is much better than what google looks like... and i like the lock-screen integration and automatic siri support... no need to go back to the maps app to do stuff like android-- so they could wok on that
53. dickwyn (Posts: 621; Member since: 07 May 2012)
from the video it looks nice, but im gonna try it out myself to believe it
2. joaolx (Posts: 364; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)
Looks really nice. Seems it might bring competition in the future with google maps but it's still early.
39. gp284 (Posts: 120; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)
yea. they are pretty much the same except for offline viewing (google)- which i would prefer over better pics- and that the 3D actually has real pictures instead of 3D models (apple)
3. parvsingh05 (Posts: 98; Member since: 11 Jan 2012)
^^ LOL ^^ 2years ^^ LOL google maps use to give wrong direction , ihope dats not the case with the apple maps
10. Non_Sequitur (Posts: 1111; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)
I would've been so lost without Google Maps in Washington D.C. two months ago. It didn't tell the wrong direction at all for me.
43. tedkord (Posts: 10617; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
I've never gotten bad directions from Google Maps. Did once with Bing nav on an old WinMo phone, though. I mean, the destination was nowhere near.
5. T12RYK (Posts: 98; Member since: 10 Jun 2011)
Might seem like a stupid question but is the turn by turn navigation free of do we have to pay for it??
30. mikiemon (Posts: 13; Member since: 01 Feb 2012)
It's free if you have a iphone 4S or newer, it won't run on the older models.
46. fwinst (Posts: 64; Member since: 08 May 2010)
Isn't that what ios users have been calling "fragmentation" on android
7. parvsingh05 (Posts: 98; Member since: 11 Jan 2012)
^^apple isn't that much money minded my friend :P
11. Non_Sequitur (Posts: 1111; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)
Do you put a :P face at the end of every sentence you type?
13. chrischau1308 (Posts: 53; Member since: 28 Feb 2012)
And so you notice every time he put a comment, and that's why you know he put ":P" every time he put a comment?
hm... I see a connection here....
8. shadowcell (Posts: 300; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)
Congratulations Apple, you've managed to drive out business for 3rd party navigation apps.
22. jove39 (Posts: 1824; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
Does iOS Maps have offline mode? If no, then there'll be some 3rd party survivors!
26. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 11871; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
Yes, thank them for getting rid of the crappy Google Maps app.
38. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)
are you seriously admonishing apple for bringing a better maps app?
"oh apple dont get a better product other people might not be able to compete".... seriously?
40. gp284 (Posts: 120; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)
come on man... what did you think google maps did on android? unless you like to use actual GPS's
9. tward291 (Posts: 559; Member since: 14 Feb 2012)
this is not good for google. also will ios maps be viewable through the web.
20. jove39 (Posts: 1824; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
Google doesn't make anything from maps in any of iOS devices...its google search that makes money!
25. tward291 (Posts: 559; Member since: 14 Feb 2012)
funny thing is i wouldnt be surprised for next year if apple tried to launch its own search engine
32. andro. (Posts: 1997; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)
A search engine which would heavily filter results before its provides answers for you :-)
Apple search engine searching for iphone faults would filter and end up just bringing up webpages of ifans holding two brand new ipads over their heads in celebration of achievement.
41. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
actually its great for google.
the way its set up now, apple is very controlling with google maps so it cant tie in too far to the system. Google maps is shytie on iOS because apple wanted it that way.
Now that apple is taking over prime navigation, google is free to make a more full featured google maps for iOS and compete directly (there was an article about this).... well until Apple does what apple does best, which is shutting out competition by banning google maps from the market, which WILL happen.
12. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
it's nowhere near as nice as Google Maps but this is just their first play.
27. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 11871; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
Don't kid yourself. It looks way better than Froogle Maps.
35. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)
yes it looks better than google maps on ios because it doesnt have all the features of androids google maps...all apple have done is brought over features from google maps android and added a lick of paint
42. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
with 1/3rd the options and a newer engine, it better at least look better.
29. jmoita2 (Posts: 930; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)
Had it been the other way around, Apple would be suing Google for stealing their idea. Ironic, isn't it?
14. appleDOESNT.com (banned) (Posts: 456; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)
Way to go Apple! Spend billions of dollars and resources to duplicate what Google already does for free and everyone uses. For what to put the iOS lockdown on it? Maybe you could of spent that R&D on making a useful service that someone doesn't already offer, for free and better. Street view, plus sat view, plus indoor view, plus 3d and offline and 5 plus years headstart means, you didn't need to take Google Maps away from iOS users just to be lameioasses
16. schecter7 (Posts: 99; Member since: 20 Apr 2012)
Nothing beats a dedicated GPS though. Google maps was trying to make me drive to middle of the lake one day - LMAO. Seriously - it was dark and I was about to do it! Nokia's Ovi map is actually the best I've used on cell phones.
18. QinEmpire (Posts: 145; Member since: 16 May 2012)
Bye Google, you deserve that for shamelessly copying iOS.
21. jove39 (Posts: 1824; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
Hahahaha...who just copied voice guided turn by turn Navigation from Android?
23. QinEmpire (Posts: 145; Member since: 16 May 2012)
They innovate & create their own solution.
31. jove39 (Posts: 1824; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
f**k no...they just changed data provider from Google to Tom Tom. What was innovation there...Apple totally suck at innovation...but they do succeed at buying innovative ideas...lot of iSh33p money!
34. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)
lol you just too funny troll...get a life please
24. skymitch89 (Posts: 1291; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)
But I'm sure that people who like Google Maps over iOS Maps will still be able to download and use it.
28. fervid (Posts: 183; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)
iDora- I'm the Map, I'm the Map, I'm the Map. If there's a place you have to get, Google has it too I bet!
37. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)
Next thing we know Apple will sue someone using their LIVE MAP pictures
45. beillax (Posts: 24; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)
I understand Android has had turn by turn navigation forever (I used to own a MyTouch 3G) but I'm glad Apple is giving iOS users free navigation. I wasn't a big fan of the third party navigation maps but these maps look really good. I think this is a wise decision by Apple to get rid of Google maps and stick to their own thing.
47. fwinst (Posts: 64; Member since: 08 May 2010)
I guess Apple will now sue Google for stealing their patented map program.
48. plgladio (Posts: 314; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)
My dear Apple fan boys hereafter stop telling Google copied this, that.. Seems Apple is Copying if u think Android is a copy.
52. Forsaken77 (Posts: 553; Member since: 09 Jun 2011)
I wouldn't really call that copying. Offering navigation is a general thing, like having a calendar on a phone (though much more complex on the back end). Apple just didn't have their own system in place till now. Actually, I think the phone carriers offered it before even Google, if you want to get technical. I know I was able to pay an extra $10/month for AT&T Navigation even before smart phones were around. And people talk sh!t about those pay navigation services offered by the carriers when Google is free, but those other ones have much better software and are very similar to Garmin or Tom Tom. That's where Google needs to be. Instead of offering more dumb features that noone uses, like indoor mapping for the mall, upgrade the the interface to replicate how a real gps works instead of a bare bones version.
49. xtian1103 (Posts: 363; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)
competition is good coz it brings out the best of each has to offer! look at google, i'm sure before the rumors of apple ditching google maps, they already knew it months ahead! hence, the offline mode features. i'm sure they have pretty much more features and improvements under their sleeves, it's a chess game between them and apple
50. groupsacc (Posts: 232; Member since: 28 Feb 2012)
I wonder whether Google has patented any technologies and/or designs that goes into producing Google Map.
If there was Apple Map before Google Map, I'm pretty sure of what'd happen here.
51. Forsaken77 (Posts: 553; Member since: 09 Jun 2011)
Did iOS have Google navigation also? Or just the maps? People always seem to think that Maps is what guides you to a destination, when it's not. To actually get routed to a destination you gotta run Navigation, not Maps. You can do it through Maps, but why bother with all the extra unnecessary steps?
Also, hopefully this will push Google to make their routing software more inline with Garmin or Tom Tom ect... Real PND's are much better to use than Google, even the older ones. Screw all the stupid features. All you really should have to make it killer is a really good UI to make it as few button presses as possible, great routing software, good graphical representation of where you're driving, and REAL TIME TRAFFIC. Though it seems even the big gps companies have trouble with real time traffic... it's never real time. There was this one gps start-up that had a system where it would track the speeds of everyone in your area, driving on the same roads as you, to tell if there was traffic. Something like that would be awesome for an Android or iOS device being so many people have them. But it's probably patented, lol.