Apple "Just" Renewed Maps and Search Partnership with Google

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    During Eric Schmidt's interview at AllThingsD 9, he revealed that Google had just renewed their Map and Search agreements with Apple. Quote per Engadget:
    This confirms rumors that Apple would be continuing to use Google Map data in iOS 5. There had been a number of Apple acquisitions and hirings that have suggested that Apple is actively working in this area. The news also suggests that Google's search remains the default choice rather than Microsoft's Bing which was said to be under consideration at one point.

    Article Link: Apple "Just" Renewed Maps and Search Partnership with Google
     
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    I guess all the fanboys will be saying this is great now but two days ago they said Apple should use their own maps and Google Maps sucked.
     
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    Unless Apple makes their Maps app like a stand alone GPS unit, I don't see the point of Apple making the maps in-house.

    +1 for Google Maps. IMO.
     
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    I still think they should. The more self-reliant and in-house they become, the better. And they're moving in that direction.

    That said, Google Maps is a very decent product.
     
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    All I want is a turn by turn GPS built in the OS. I can't wait to see iOS 5, there is a lot expiated.
     
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    I'm glad.
    Most people would never dream of searching with anything but Google and to do better than Google Maps would be one hell of an ask of Apple.

    I'd love it if there could be a locally stored vector-based map of my country or something, so if I don't have signal I can still see exactly where I am and work out how to get home. Waiting for maps to load around my blue dot is frustrating especially when I know they've all been loaded before.
     
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    Add in that Turn-by-Turn Google has on Android (that I miss a LOT from my Droid) and I'll dump the TomTom app for sure.
     
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    Why do we have the half ass version unchanged since 2007? Turn by turn with traffic please.
     
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    So I take it that would make the possibility of iPhone users getting the Google Maps Navigation is out of the question if they JUST renewed it?

    :(
     
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    That's fine, I don't have a problem with using Google Maps for map data. In fact, I trust it the most. However, I'd love turn - by - turn directions. Android has this feature on the default Google Maps app. I'd love to see it on iOS.
     
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    Google maps = good

    Map app = bad

    Improved map app using google maps = great
     
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    That's too bad, I was looking forward to a change from the stale Maps app.
     
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    That's what China thought too when they built the Great Wall. And look where that got them.
     
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    Just as in 'it happened recently' or just as in 'nothing has changed?'
    I hope it's the former because Google Maps for Android blows away the Maps app on iOS.
     
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    what are you doing on the forum worrying about what apple fanboys are saying?

    it comes down to whatever is free for the customer and provides better service.
     
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    They became the world's factory, including the manufacturer of iPhones and iPods, and a major economic powerhouse?

    And what does keeping Mongolians out have to do with anything?
     
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    .. and they eneded up with an iconic and enduring tourist attraction that drives how much $$$ per year ? ... !!! ;)
     
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    Actually it's not really for Mongolians. The very old Great Wall which was built in Qin dynasty back in 2XXB.C. is not the one we can see today. The modern Great Wall was built in Ming Dynasty from 13th to 17th centuries, which is after the defeat of the Mongolians.
     
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    Who's worried? The hypocrisy amuses me.

    And how many hundreds of years did it take to catch up to the rest of the world after the self imposed isolation?
     
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    Makes sense. Building a legit Google Maps competitor will take a while.
     
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    If you have the TomTom app, then why do you care if Apple has turn-by-turn natively or not? Is Turn-by-Turn on Google Maps for Android better than TomTom?
     
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    At this point Apple ought to know Google is "enemy."

    No reason why to integrate Google's search ad primary search, or google's maps as the primary Map program, except keep your friends close and your enemies closer.
     
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    Turn-by-Turn would make iOS 5, iOS 5. ;)
     
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    Horrible comparison. Yikes.
     

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