Apple to Continue Using Google Maps in iOS 5?

Discussion in ' News Discussion' started by MacRumors, May 27, 2011.

  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001


    Close on the heels of claims of revamped notifications and widgets in iOS 5, 9to5Google now reports that Apple will continue relying on Google's mapping service for iOS 5, noting that any efforts to sever geolocation ties with Google by moving things entirely in-house have not yet resulted in a finished product.
    Apple has given several indications that it is looking to make major improvements to the Maps application included in iOS and also revealed that it is building a crowd-sourced traffic database from iOS devices with an eye to rolling out a traffic service presumably linked to a turn-by-turn GPS mapping offering.

    Article Link: Apple to Continue Using Google Maps in iOS 5?
  2. macrumors 68040

    Dr McKay

    Aug 11, 2010
  3. macrumors 68040

    Sep 20, 2006
    Aussie living in Canada
    That's a pity. This app hasn't seen much update action for a while....
  4. macrumors 6502a

    Oct 16, 2008
    And Apple only has itself to blame. They are the one creating Google Maps on iPhone. Hopefully there will be a revision on iOS 5. Google Maps on Android is simply awesome.
  5. macrumors G4

    Small White Car

    Aug 29, 2006
    Washington DC
    The article should be more clear about the fact that Apple has always made the map app on the iPhone. This story is about where the map data will be coming from. Instead of from Google it may eventually come from an Apple-run service.

    The distinction is important because it means that improvements to the maps app in iOS 5 have nothing to do with this rumor. They may update it or they may not but that doesn't depend on where they get the data from.

    I, for one, sure hope the app gets some new features this year even if it's not their super-big overhaul project.
  6. macrumors 68030


    Oct 3, 2009
    What's wrong with Google Maps? I think it's perfect, I just wish it had Turn By Turn GPS.
  7. macrumors 68020

    Jan 9, 2007
    The data itself is good, but have a look at the Android version of the client. The iPhone version now looks extremely feature-poor in comparison.
  8. macrumors G4

    Small White Car

    Aug 29, 2006
    Washington DC
    Just off the top of my head:

    1) The ability to add multiple destinations and have it tell me the most efficient way to run my errands.

    2) The abilty to turn off local-road traffic. I usually only want to see the freeway situation and all the extra color is just a distraction

    3) Turn by turn directions would be great, yeah

    4) The ability to search for a thing down the road, like "What's the next Burger King within 5 miles of my route?" which is a very different question than "What's the closest Burger King?"

    Those are just 4 things and I didn't even take time to think about the question.
  9. 513
    macrumors newbie

    Jan 7, 2011
    Really ?
    Do you know how much effort Google is putting into Google Maps, worldwide, to upgrade it ? All the business places, streetview, mymaps editor, etc.

    It's almost impossible for Apple to reach the level of Google Maps.
  10. macrumors 65816

    May 21, 2009
    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 4_3_1 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/533.17.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Mobile/8G4)

    Google maps is fine with me, because I'm able to find just about anything on it location-wise.

    I use navigon for turn by turn stuff which really works well and even if apple were to put their own map service into iOS I would use navigon for access to all USA mapdata without the need to download information on the go. Having all the map data already on board is huge for me.
  11. macrumors 6502a

    May 11, 2009
    All of the Apple default apps like stocks, weather, maps, and Youtube pretty much suck. If Apple were smart they'd just not include the apps on the phone but have them available in the app store so the applications can be updated without relying on waiting for the OS to be updated.
  12. macrumors 68040

    Apr 6, 2007
    We dont NEED a new maps works just fine.

    Replacing Google Maps just because Steve's in a bad mood is pathetic. Apple doesn't do maps, Google have done it for a long time. Google has licensing agreements with all the major players, Apple does not.

    I really cant see their alternative. Its Google, Bing or Yahoo...those are your options.

    If its that big a deal, dont ship it with a maps app and let us download whichever one we individually want from the AppStore.
  13. macrumors regular


    Jan 19, 2011
    Fort Huachuca, AZ
    I like your idea of releasing native app updates individually, but you know apple, they like the fanfare of new iOS updates.
  14. macrumors 68020

    Jan 9, 2007
    I didn't even know it could do that. That's awesome.
  15. macrumors 68040

    Apr 6, 2007
    So it needs updating...not replacing. Apple would end up replacing it with an App that does the exact same thing. They need Google to pull the map data, without that its useless. Apple dont have the resources or knowhow to build their own mapping system...its more than a bit of 'magical' programming.
  16. macrumors G5


    Nov 14, 2007
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    Google is not allowing updating... all they allow Apple is to use the bare bones service...
  17. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 24, 2010
    My 'most wanted' update to Maps is better control over caching.

    This would be particularly useful for travelling abroad, when I want to switch off data roaming to avoid crazy charges, or even just knowing I can have a map available locally, even if the signal is poor/non-existent.
  18. macrumors 6502a

    Apr 10, 2011
    Because sometimes Google Maps is horribly inaccurate?
  19. macrumors G4


    Mar 24, 2006
    The Maps & Youtube app are in dire need of an update.
  20. macrumors G5


    May 2, 2002
    The app is Apple’s work (pulling data from Google’s back end). So they can keep improving it (as they have in the past) even if they stay with Google.

    And I hope they do stay with Google for now, because the app works great as is! The transit features are awesome, and it’s all quick and easy and detailed—and accurate. Maybe I’m just lucky in the cities where I go! (And for voice guidance, I love the Navigon MyRegion app anyway.)

    Now, in the end Apple may need to move on—they don’t want Google to have power over a key app. But that’s someday. No need to rush the change.
  21. macrumors 65816


    Mar 8, 2009
    I agree both could be improved and could have more functionality. However, I'd like Apple to keep using Google Maps, just make the app itself better.
  22. rmwebs, May 27, 2011
    Last edited by a moderator: May 28, 2011

    macrumors 68040

    Apr 6, 2007
    Care to share an alternative that offers a better service yet the same features, license and API as Google Maps? :rolleyes:

    Eh?! :confused: Did you even read my post?

    The Maps app (created by Apple) just needs an update to add a few extra features, all of which already exist in the Google Maps API. It has nothing to do with Google allowing XZY, as far as they are concerned they dont care what parts of the API are used, so long as its Google Maps in use.
  23. zin
    macrumors 6502

    May 5, 2010
    United Kingdom
    Google Maps is quite okay on the iPhone, in my opinion. The only thing I'd like to see is smooth zooming (something similar to Android). The empty grey squares when you zoom in, filling in randomly, are just ugly.
  24. macrumors 68000


    Apr 12, 2010
    no **** sherlock...

    whoever thought otherwise is unintelligent
  25. macrumors 6502

    Aug 9, 2003
    I am finding that as well. It seems, any more, many of the maps are 5-10 years old and my car has more up-to-date information.

    I have started migrating back to MapQuest. The maps are much higher quality and they are consistently accurate.

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