Apple's iOS 6 beta Maps app compared to Google Maps

Apple's iOS 6 beta Maps app compared to Google Maps
If you downloaded the developer beta of iOS 6 and tried out its most distinctive feature - Cupertino's own Maps app - you might have noticed something's lacking compared to the previous Maps app, which was powered by Google's tech.

That something is not only Street View, which can be somewhat compensated by the Flyover function in iOS 6, but the actual level of street detail that the fledgling new maps and navigational software of Apple reveals.

Granted, the app is still in beta, and there could be many more changes before the final version of iOS 6 is released, but if it doesn't match Google Maps by that time, many users who were accustomed to the detailed cartography coming from Mountain View, might want to have Google's navigational solution as an alternative app while Apple and Tom Tom iron out the kinks. Have a look at the current differences in the slides below, with Google Maps on the left.

source: Gizmodo



1. smdeezy

Posts: 66; Member since: Jun 17, 2011

Wow. Apple has some catch up to do on their maps.

42. ieronz

Posts: 9; Member since: Jun 12, 2012

obviously, but you must give 'em credit. in comparison to google's over 7 year old map. Having this for a start isn't bad at all, as we all know, it'll take some time.

61. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

it is easy co copy than start from the very beginning ;) how do you deal with this almost complete copy of Google maps? won't you commit a suicide? :)

66. ieronz

Posts: 9; Member since: Jun 12, 2012

Look I'm being rational here. So I really don't care about the amount of thumb downs from ignorant folks. If the map was lacking really bad, then of course we could boo them. But they've tried something at least, so credit them. That's all. Would do the same for another company.

47. DigitalBoy05

Posts: 279; Member since: Jun 04, 2011

Well at least its 1000x better than the maps program currently implemented in iOS.

53. JonGarrett

Posts: 34; Member since: Aug 06, 2011

all apple has to do is make their map app prettier to look at than Googles and iDiots will drool all over it regardless of how much its lacking.

59. B3BLW29

Posts: 238; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

Yeah Damn makeup has been screwing with minds of men for long now....

2. davecann2

Posts: 460; Member since: Mar 15, 2011

I am definitely excited to experience the Map software in iOS 6 but, judging from the images above, Google maps looks much cleaner and definitely more polished. I guess lets see what Apple offers once testing is done and the final product is released.

3. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Is Apple really trying to hit the self destruct button these days?!

68. hiBreed

Posts: 90; Member since: May 29, 2012

they won't have to, its a dying ecosystem okay!?!

4. good2great

Posts: 1042; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

the only fair comparison is to do screenshots when apple releases iOS 6 in the fall... even then it still wouldn't be fair because Google Maps has a big reputation and has been developed over years vs apple developing theirs almost a year ago. but they DEFINITELY have some catching up to do!!!

28. SlimSoulja86

Posts: 660; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

Here is something i dont get, dont u think its fair to compare them since they will be competitors? And since Apple made it sound like its the best thing ever? Its like some ppl that r saying its not fair to compare iPgone 4S with Samsung Galaxy S3 cos iPhone 4S its updates that they should compare it to iPhone 5 which doesnt xsists at all, sometimes iFans sounds really stupid if u ask me. Not that im saying u sound stupid.

33. SlimSoulja86

Posts: 660; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

Excuse my typos. Updated = outdated, iPgone= iphone, u get my point

5. jacko1977

Posts: 428; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

google should sue thats a clear rip off

11. jmoita2

Posts: 930; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

More like a crude copy. Like those "Droid" tablets straight outta Hong Kong. This is a major loss of face for Apple. They shouldn't even have released anything. And yes, they are bent on self destruction as of late. They have become their own worst enemy.

34. SlimSoulja86

Posts: 660; Member since: Nov 03, 2011


50. drnggaj33

Posts: 127; Member since: Feb 29, 2012

no they do pantents should sue tho apple does it all the time ijs ....theres samsung parts in a your iphone but apple doesnt tell u ;) thats y the sam s3 and nuxus is way better then the *** ass iphone 4s and 5

65. SlimSoulja86

Posts: 660; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

Thumbs down, i was bn sarcastic, geeez!

43. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

if they have a patent, then go for it... if not then they cant really do much...

69. hiBreed

Posts: 90; Member since: May 29, 2012

Im with you on that one

6. CharlieAtInfinity

Posts: 253; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

Apple Map's dont even look like they are finished...

44. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

did u not read the BETA slapped on it.. thats why it isnt released yet...

8. Nizar

Posts: 4; Member since: Dec 30, 2011

Apple maps does render some of the icons better than google maps. But I'd rather get more information compared to a beautiful map with less info.

51. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Function over form.....sound like And I agree 100%. Thats why I like Android so much.


Posts: 456; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

I think their point and mine has been, Google maps is amazing and free. Apple did not need to waste all that time and money developing this, a competitor that will always be inferior to Google maps. What Google has accomplished is amazing with street view (basically the entire world photographed) sat view, indoor view, 3d view and soon to be offline. This move also takes away from both solutions now. Separating the markets means less traffic info to Google and iMaps, hurting both solutions. As usual, Apple effin things up for the consumers with their selfish, narrow visions that only serves to screw the consumers.

13. Fallout09

Posts: 421; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Wow… I complete missed that issue where traffic updates are going to hit. Nice catch.


Posts: 456; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

Yep, this is a BIG deal. Basically a free amazing solution that basically is the defacto standard in mapping for billions of people (yes billions between android, pc, the web, the world over uses Google maps/earth) will now be eliminated from millions of users iDevices. Those millions of iDevices used to send info to Google. Those billions of Google maps users will now in turn, not be sending info to the millions of iDevices. Both solutions are hurt but iDevices will be in the major minority here so their solution was totally unnecessary and hurts EVERYONE! Thanks Apple, as usual a day late, a dollar short and TOTALLY UNNECESSARY! Next time waste you money on playing catchup with something that needs catching up! Maybe like, umm widgets? Prolly cost you slightly less than this billion dollar mapping venture you entered for no effing reason!

37. Ivan6479

Posts: 250; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Actually Google maps is not free for Apple. They were actually having to pay licensing fees in order to use the software, which was agreed upon way back when, so this is probably another reason Apple wanted to get away from that. This is most likely why they recently bought out a company that already specialized in mapping technology, so it isn't like they had to start from the ground up. Unfortunately for Apple though it looks like they shot themselves in the foot, so their new maps is a big fail just like their new iOS is. LOL

10. MartyK

Posts: 1043; Member since: Apr 11, 2012

I think Apple remove those extra/other streets on their map in order to keep their mapping cleaner...they need to patent this clean mapping system of

14. Fallout09

Posts: 421; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

No, Apple is only including maps to addresses where people use Apple products. Apparently no iPhone/iPad users live on those cross streets. Pretty soon Apple will make it were users can only text/call other Apple users.

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