Apple Maps Significantly More Popular Than All Other iOS Mapping Apps, Including Google

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    After a rough launch last year, Apple Maps appears to be doing very well for itself, with 35 million U.S. iPhone owners using the app in September 2013, versus 6 million iOS users of the downloadable Google Maps according to data from comScore and The Guardian.

    The data remains a little fuzzy as neither Google nor Apple publicly release their usage figures, but if they are even close to correct, Apple has largely succeeded with its Maps rollout and Google has lost a tremendous number of Maps users in just a year.

    It's likely that Apple's success is largely due to the incredible advantage default apps hold on mobile platforms, with the majority of users finding Apple Maps to be "good enough" and not looking for an alternative.

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    According to comScore, Google Maps has gone from 81.1 million mobile U.S. users last year to just 58.7 million this year, a drop of more than 20 million. At the same time, the total number of iPhone and Android phone users in the U.S. increased from 103.6 million to 136.7 million. comScore attributes this significant drop largely to the introduction of Apple Maps as the default app on iPhones, as well as an increasing share of younger users that don't use any mapping application.
    35 million iPhone owners used Apple Maps in September, out of 60.1 million total iPhone owners in the United States, some 58 percent. Based on The Guardian's modeling, this means roughly 8.3 million iPhone users are using an alternative mapping application like Google Maps, with approximately two million of those using the pre-iOS 6 default Google Maps application because they have not upgraded to a newer version of the iOS.

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    Well it is the default mapping application for iOS now... nothing too surprising.
     
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    Stockholm Syndrome.

    I recently has my daughter's first birthday party and 3 people got lost solely because Apple Maps sent them to the wrong location.

    I don't plan on using Apple Maps for a very long time.
     
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    It's more popular because it's better! I use maps and GPS on a daily basis and every time I give Google maps a try it fails me. Apple maps is by FAR the best navigation app out there!
     
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    My only gripe is the lack of town names in the UK.
     
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    Which is what the article says...
     
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    It's still rubbish in the UK.
     
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    Also, Google Maps is not available in all countries.
     
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    Could be because of he ease of use.. Data is still wrong at times but is usable.

    Waze is my go to app. :cool: (esp. for cop alerts) :D
     
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    I prefer Apple's Maps as well as the integration, but in obscure places it does not seem as accurate. In those situations I just double check with Google.
     
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    Of course it is. Works extremely well in the U.S. and that's Apple's largest market. And it works much better than Google in China. It's hilarious that anybody thought anything different. Google lost out big time on this one.

    Still needs some work in other countries though.
     
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    It works well enough for me, so why not.
     
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    Apple Maps are actually more reliable now than this time last year (at least where I live), and I now use them whenever I have to go on a long trip.
     
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    Yeah, I hate having redundant apps on my phone...
     
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    What annoys me the most is it is implemented better but the data is terrible compared to Google (e.g. place names, accuracy). A combination of the two would be the ultimate mapping solution.
     
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    It still returns the worst results for me in NY.

    Google def has better routing through incomplete addresses, such as, "10 w 23th" but if I enter that into apple, the I'll end up in Bangladesh.

    But google also tosses me to Brooklyn for some reason every once in a while, and google likes to zoom out and show me results all over the metropolitan area instead of just in the little box I'm zoomed into.
     
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    Google maps for me....
     
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    While in Europe, US and Australia I use Apple and Google maps without a preference, when in the Middle East on the other hand I have to use google maps exclusively as the info in Apple's side is pure rubbish and completely outdated.
     
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    Yeah ***** in the UK. Google Maps is far better.
     
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    Yeah one would assume so but it obviously isn't that bad or people would be looking for alternatives.
     
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    I tend to defer to Apple Maps now because of two main reasons: 1. lock screen integration is useful and informative and 2. when audio is sent through my car's BT setup, Siri is notably louder than Google's voiceover, so I don't have to turn my music too loud just to hear the directions.
     
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    Once I want to go to a museum, Apple Maps led me to the backdoor of the museum, which is used by those who worked there...
     
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    It would be at least one more person popular if I could use it for my daily transit and biking directions! Ugh.
     
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    Never had a problem with apple maps. Only time I use google is for transit directions, which apple will hopefully get next year.
     
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    I use Apple Maps instead of Google because it loads much faster and is less data hungry. It is also clearer in many respects. Apple actually did a good job with the design, it was the data that had problems.

    BTW, an editorial note: references to people are generally in the form of "who" not "that."
     

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