Overhauled Apple Maps comes to the Big Apple in latest attempt to catch up to Google Maps

Overhauled Apple Maps comes to the Big Apple in latest attempt to catch up to Google Maps
Apple's attempt to render the pretty much ubiquitous Google Maps service obsolete back in 2012 will forever be remembered as one of the most embarrassing moments in the history of one of the world's most successful tech giants, but to its credit, the company stuck with the app all these years, ramping up its development and expansion of late.

No, Apple Maps is obviously still not as popular or as detailed as Google Maps or Waze, but a number of recent updates across many US and global regions have certainly boosted the coverage and convenience of the web mapping service that remains the default option for iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple Watch users. 

Rebuilt "from the ground up" with proprietary data collected by Apple after driving for "more than 4 million miles", the platform's new underlying map is slated for a nationwide rollout by the end of the year, followed by an international expansion in several additional countries in 2020. Said long-awaited US rollout is finally reaching New York City today after reportedly going live in a bunch of other northeastern cities over the last few weeks or so.

The revamped app promises to provide "significantly improved and refined details" for everything from roads to beaches, marinas, parks, buildings, and airports. Speaking of airports, NYC is one of an increasing number of places where Apple Maps also supports indoor navigation for both the LaGuardia and JFK International Airport. 

New York is naturally on the list of locations where Transit, Flyover, and Indoor Maps Malls information is available, so at least in theory, Big Apple residents should finally be able to rely on Apple to offer a comparable overall mapping and navigation experience to Google right out of the box. Of course, if that's still not the case, both Google Maps and Waze are just a few taps away.

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16 Comments

1. PhoenixFirebird

Posts: 125; Member since: Oct 10, 2016

But Apple doesn't give a s**t about my country

2. baldilocks

Posts: 1535; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

Most of the satellite photos are way out of date compared to Google.

3. lyndon420

Posts: 6815; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

And where are they getting their satellite photos from?

5. apple-rulz

Posts: 2175; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Probably from the same places Google gets their satellite photos from. Google buys the images from third parties.

6. nikhil23

Posts: 467; Member since: Dec 07, 2016

You're wrong sir.I work for a map making company ( not google). There are only 3 major map makers, Google, Here and Tom Tom. Apple buys fromTom Tom but slowly Apple it trying to make their own maps. Google does make maps...it doesn't just buy them

11. lyndon420

Posts: 6815; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Yeah I was pretty sure that Google bought their own satellite imaging technology...you see their faint watermarks all over their maps. Skybox

12. apple-rulz

Posts: 2175; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Exactly. Google bought the technology. Google has never launched their own satellite into space, Google buys the images of others satellites. Sorry to burst your bubble.

14. lyndon420

Posts: 6815; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Are you 100% sure about that?

15. apple-rulz

Posts: 2175; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Yep. Google bought a company that hasn't launched any satellites.

16. lyndon420

Posts: 6815; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

...and Planet bought Terra Bella. Google is now just a shareholder...(wtf Google)?? They had their own satellite company, and then they sold it??

9. baldilocks

Posts: 1535; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

Not sure, but the satellite photo of my property in Apple Maps is almost 3 years old. Less than 6 months old on Google Maps. Even as an iPhone user, I rely on Google Maps.

7. gadgetpower

Posts: 264; Member since: Aug 23, 2019

Apple maps any day. I can’t trust google with my locations and other sensitive data. Only apple is the best that managed privacy.

8. Poptart2828

Posts: 419; Member since: Jan 23, 2018

Absolutely. The best and most secure way to travel is by using apple maps. Don't believe me, first read the article as the PA writer did a fantastic job at proving this fact.

10. baldilocks

Posts: 1535; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

Can't be that reliable when they are out of date. Even as an iPhone user, I always use Google Maps.

17. tbreezy

Posts: 49; Member since: Aug 11, 2019

Agreed, Google Maps is still the way to go even on iPhone. Apple Maps is far too unreliable in most countries outside the USA.

13. Jrod99

Posts: 755; Member since: Jan 15, 2016

Just check my Google map. Pic of house around 2002. The old roof still on there.

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