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  (Source: businessinsider.com)
iOS 6 users can finally have a maps app that works

For the iOS 6 users that hate Apple's new home-grown mapping feature, don't fret -- Google is on the way with a Google Maps iPhone/iPad app. However, we won't see it for a couple of months.
 
It has been confirmed by anonymous sources close to Google that the tech giant is working on iPhone/iPad Google Maps apps. This is likely a relief for many iOS users, who are anything but fond of Apple's latest maps app. 
 
Last week, Apple released its latest mobile operating system iOS 6 days ahead of its iPhone 5 launch. Since iOS 6's release, a chief complaint has been that the maps app is completely off as far as geography and navigation
 
Prior to iOS 6, Google Maps was the main maps apps on iPhones and iPads since the beginning of their respective times. But earlier this year, Apple announced that it was going to make its own maps app for iOS devices and pushed Google out of the loop. One main reason for this is because Google's Android operating system has been fiercely competing with iOS, and in the realm of smartphones, Google is winning.
 
But Google never saw this coming. In fact, it found out about Apple's plans to make its own maps service the same time Apple announced it to the rest of the world. But Google stepped back, and the company's executive chairman Eric Schmidt even said that Google wasn't begging for Apple's business (although it was open to any new opportunities). 
 
But now, it looks like Google will make Maps apps for the iPhone/iPad afterall. However, the only downfall is that it'll take a couple of months to do so. Why? For two reasons: the now-complicated relationship with Apple, and Google just needs time to build the app.
 
When Apple decided to ditch Google for its own maps app, it broke the contract the two had early (one year early according to The Verge). So now, Google and Apple must figure out how Google Maps is going to weave its way into the whole situation. 
 
As far as building the app goes, Google wants to make sure Google Maps is comparable to Apple's maps (which shouldn't be hard in terms of accuracy). For instance, Apple's maps has a 3D feature, and Google wants to have the same for Google Maps. 

Sources: The New York Times, The Verge



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RE: Missed point
By theapparition on 9/27/2012 10:07:08 AM , Rating: 4
Your correct on many points, but completely off on the lack of turn-by-turn.

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It was no secret that Apple was buying up mapping companies and no secret that iOS lacked turn by turn navigation while Android did not despite using a mapping application from the same company.


Yes, both were Google Maps, but Apple refused to allow the program to access their API, hence blocking that feature. This was not Google's choice to disallow that feature, but Apple's refusal to allow them to.

Time will tell whether it was a smart move on Apple's part. But they'll never have the investment that Google has made into maps, like Streetview. At this point, their best bet would be to shed some of that cash and buy TomTom (Although in my opinion the worst of the big 3 GPS companies).


RE: Missed point
By tayb on 9/27/2012 11:40:21 AM , Rating: 1
quote:
Yes, both were Google Maps, but Apple refused to allow the program to access their API, hence blocking that feature. This was not Google's choice to disallow that feature, but Apple's refusal to allow them to.


My understanding of the scenario is different. The Google API Terms of Use also expressly forbids turn by turn or advanced routing. Do you have any information to back up your claim? I'm not saying it's wrong, just curious.


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