quote: If that were true, then why is the Google Maps API far and away the most widely used in the world?
quote: it is Google users who submit corrections or amendments to Google maps. In many respects it is like a wiki.
quote: Except Yelp also uses the Google Maps API on all their listings.
quote: Surely the same problem applies to Apple and it's partners? If a company that's not Google has mapping data for a particular area, what says theyre going to go to Apple?
quote: From a technical standpoint, this is probably Apple's biggest weakness. Having to deal with dozens of different mapping companies, each with their own little fiefdoms responsible for mapping various little pieces of the world. This also causes problems with each company supplying it's data in different formats - some vector, some bitmap, some at one scale, some at another scale. All of these have to be converted to a universal format that the Apple maps API can recognise. These are the likely causes of many of the stranger errors being seen on Apple Maps.