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Apple replaces Google for its own Maps app with 3D view and voice-guided navigation

0. phoneArena posted on 11 Jun 2012, 13:53

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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posted on 11 Jun 2012, 15:32 2

27. Mxyzptlk (unregistered)

Don't kid yourself. It looks way better than Froogle Maps.

posted on 11 Jun 2012, 18:28

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

posted on 11 Jun 2012, 20:26

42. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

with 1/3rd the options and a newer engine, it better at least look better.

posted on 11 Jun 2012, 15:47 1

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?

posted on 11 Jun 2012, 14:22 2

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

posted on 11 Jun 2012, 14:33 1

19. QinEmpire (Posts: 145; Member since: 16 May 2012)

blame Google for being shameless.

posted on 11 Jun 2012, 14:27 4

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.

posted on 11 Jun 2012, 14:31 2

18. QinEmpire (Posts: 145; Member since: 16 May 2012)

Bye Google, you deserve that for shamelessly copying iOS.

posted on 11 Jun 2012, 14:40 3

21. jove39 (Posts: 1968; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)

Hahahaha...who just copied voice guided turn by turn Navigation from Android?

posted on 11 Jun 2012, 14:43 1

23. QinEmpire (Posts: 145; Member since: 16 May 2012)

They innovate & create their own solution.

posted on 11 Jun 2012, 16:29

31. jove39 (Posts: 1968; 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!

posted on 11 Jun 2012, 18:27

34. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)

lol you just too funny troll...get a life please

posted on 11 Jun 2012, 14:49 1

24. skymitch89 (Posts: 1362; 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.

posted on 11 Jun 2012, 15:41 1

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!

posted on 11 Jun 2012, 18:26

33. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)

seems like an applefied google maps to me

posted on 11 Jun 2012, 19:33 1

37. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)

Next thing we know Apple will sue someone using their LIVE MAP pictures

posted on 11 Jun 2012, 21:53 1

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.

posted on 11 Jun 2012, 22:19

47. fwinst (Posts: 64; Member since: 08 May 2010)

I guess Apple will now sue Google for stealing their patented map program.

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 00:58 1

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.

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 02:05 2

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.

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 01:06

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

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 01:13

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.

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 01:45

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.

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