Why did Apple pull Google Maps with a year still left on the contract?
Apple decided it would scrap Google Maps in favor of its own application.
Google's reaction was to quickly start building a new maps app for the App Store. Unfortunately, the app won't be ready to be shipped for several months as it is incomplete. That is a bad break for Google and for Apple iPhone 5 users. The latter group has suffered with the major flaws in Apple's mapping software and it would have been a propitious time for Google Maps for iOS to be able to ride in from the App Store to offer the turn-by-turn directions that Android users have been used to. Instead, those who want to use Google Maps on the Apple iPhone 5 must access it from the mobile browser. Nokia Maps is also promoting its mobile web site as an alternative for Apple iPhone 5 owners.
Apple and Google were both willing to let the contract for Google to provide Maps for iOS devices to expire. Google wanted more prominent branding on its Maps app for the iPhone, and wanted to include its Latitude feature which allows friends and family to see a user's current location. Lastly, Google executives were not happy with Apple's terms for a renewal of the contract.
don't count on it. Google Chairman Eric Schmidt told Reuters, "what were we going to do, force them not to change their mind? It's their call." At the same time., Schmidt said that Google had not done anything yet about a Google Maps for iOS. But Schmidt might be merely putting up a smoke screen. Google Maps VP Brian McClendon said that the firm is committed to offering Google Maps for all platforms, which obviously includes iOS.
As for Apple's mapping application, it is hard to imagine that the company just didn't notice things like the missing Statue of Liberty, (Did David Copperfield do the mapping for Apple?) or the shoddy images that appeared in some locations. Apple is going to have to win back the trust of its Maps users or else go back to using a third party provider. With speculation that Apple is hiring former Google Maps employees, its obviosu to see which way Cupertino is planning on going with this.
source: TheVerge via Gizmodo