Do you still use iOS 5 because of Google maps?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Lindberg, Nov 6, 2012.


Have you chosen not to upgrade your iPhone to iOS 5 because of Google Maps?

  1. Yes, Google Maps can't be replaced by Apple Maps at this point.

    11 vote(s)
  2. No, the other new features more than makes up for the loss of Google Maps.

    14 vote(s)
  3. No, Apple Maps is good enough to replace Google Maps.

    31 vote(s)
  1. macrumors regular

    Jun 21, 2010
    Denmark, Aarhus
    I have not upgraded my iPhone 4 because the loss of Google Maps is a dealbreaker for me. But how many of you have done the same?
  2. macrumors 6502

    Mar 23, 2009
  3. macrumors 68020


    May 31, 2010
    Austin TX
  4. macrumors 6502a

    Sep 13, 2012
    Google maps will always be better than anything Apple can come up with. Google is king of maps!:cool:
  5. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 9, 2009
    Bath, UK.
    I kept my iPhone 4 on iOS 5 because of maps. Bought an iPhone 5 now though, so stuck with the Apple rubbish :(.
  6. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 5, 2010
    Central Tx
    Maybe. But I like apple maps better because it is more accurate in my area and the details of the maps is better. I like the look of maps better than I did google maps. There is not that much difference between the two.
  7. macrumors 68020

    Mar 31, 2010
    I'm liking the new Apple maps much better. Mostly because I've noticed multiple instances where Google was using old outdated information whereas Apple's Maps was more up to date and accurate. Also, the turn by turn navigation and Siri integration is really good and it's something that's used all the time when using the app. And it uses vector instead of bitmaps so zooming in and out and general map rendering is significantly faster than the old slow one in iOS5. Come to think of it, that alone is one reason I can't stand to use iOS5 maps right now. I was doing some comparisons on my wife's 3GS on iOS6 versus her iPad 1 on iOS 5 and the iOS5 Maps felt dog slow.

    Im also not surprised about the good Maps data. I live in the U.S. where Apple seems to have done a really good job with Maps data along with China. I think it was a deliberate decision to focus on these two countries for various reasons. The U.K. is where it seems to lag behind. Not sure about Denmark. But if you're in the U.S. you're actually missing out on a better app by holding onto iOS5 in pretty much every way.
  8. macrumors 68040


    Jul 7, 2010
    Bay Area
  9. macrumors 68030

    From A Buick 8

    Sep 16, 2010
    Ky Close to CinCinnati
    Your poll may need more options. I never used the old stock map (read google) app anyway. I have used waze and MotionX.

    Once i get my iPhone5 i plan on using the new Apple Map.
  10. macrumors regular

    Dec 19, 2010
    I use ios5 because my power button broke. Thus I needed the jailbreak to turn my phone off.
  11. macrumors 6502

    Aug 11, 2010
    My opinion is that people really have their head in the sand in regards to Google Maps on iOS.

    The rule of thumb when travelling for me is - DON'T TRUST GOOGLE MAPS. Always get a good local map or you're screwed. Misplaced landmarks, incredibly poor directions (let's just say the route to and from Monteverde, Costa Rica almost had me stuck on the side of a mountain).

    For local maps (read: North American), I haven't had any issues with Google or Apple.

    Also, the bottom line is that Google was never going to assist in updating the Maps application on iOS. We would have been forever stuck with the very simple interface, lack of turn-by-turn directions, etc.

    For these reasons I have no issues with Apple Maps. They are just as good (read: just as unreliable) as Google Maps but have slightly better looking Maps and include turn-by-turn. With Apple fully in control of the Maps app now, there is more possibilities of great new features.
  12. macrumors 6502a

    Sep 6, 2010
    No you don't. Available in ios 5 and 6: go to settings, general, assecibility, assistive touch, turn it on ;)
  13. macrumors member


    Sep 27, 2012
    Maps is a disaster. Got me lost more than once.
  14. macrumors 68030


    Nov 10, 2010
    I've seen no reason to upgrade to iOS 6, google maps or not. (updated to 6 on my iPad 2 - waste of a good JailBreak).

    My 4 and 4S will remain on 5.1.1. Plan to get a 5S next years, so I'll deal with iOS 7 at that point.
  15. macrumors 6502a

    Apr 12, 2012
    google map is too good.. can't change to an uncertainty.

    Also, travelling would be better with google maps rather than apple maps
  16. Moderator


    Staff Member

    Oct 11, 2005
    The Black Country, England
    I already knew there were a lot of problems with the Apple maps so I've kept my iPhone 4 on iOS 5 for now. My iPad is on iOS 6 so I can report errors and keep abreast of any updates.
  17. macrumors 6502


    Mar 19, 2009
    Upstate NY
    Honest to god never had a problem with Apple Maps in my area, I love it
  18. macrumors 68040

    Dec 17, 2009
    I've used Apple Maps about a dozen times since iOS 6 officially came out. I have had one routing problem (instead of having me take a left out of a parking lot, it had me take a right and go around the block, why, I am still not sure?). Otherwise it has been spot on me. I even used it this weekend to go somewhere I had been probably a dozen times over the last 5-6 years (just rare enough that I always get a little worried I am going to take a wrong time) and instead of my normal way it took me a different route that was actually better! Frankly, being able to ask Siri for directions, and then getting turn by turn without touching a button is worth it to me..... Previously I used MotionX, but having full integration with Siri is awesome (the ability to ask directions for a business by name and not address is awesome).
  19. macrumors P6


    Aug 17, 2007
    They are working fine in my area as well.
  20. macrumors 604


    Apr 6, 2007
    You do know you can still use Google Maps on iOS6, right? It runs silky smooth on my iPhone 5. It's leagues better than even the old Maps app.

    Though even so, Apple Maps has been fine for me. It even helped me out of a bind when my car's OnStar navigation got confused over a construction closure.
  21. macrumors regular

    Sep 27, 2012
    You sir, very misinformed.
    I'm not even going bother typing it up one here. Go search the whole google and apple rejecting gmaps fiasco online. But don't make false assumptions and put them up as if they are facts. Apple was greedy far too greedy and the compromise was us, consumers having to ditch a perfectly working maps app.
  22. macrumors regular

    Jun 9, 2011
  23. macrumors 6502a


    Apr 7, 2007
    Hell no. You can always just use the mobile site anyways. The maps app was useless without turn by turn navigation anyways to me. I just used MotionX GPS.
  24. macrumors 6502

    Oct 27, 2012
    Coming from Android phones the past 4 years, I am still shocked at how awful Apples maps are. The GPS is even worse as it shows hardly any details of what's around you or things like gas stations, restaurants and ATMs along the way. Is there anyway to use the satellite view while you are using GPS? I can't seem to.
  25. macrumors 604


    Jul 6, 2009
    Yes. Public transport routes aren't available on Apple Maps.

    additionally, I'm not fond by the whole UI on 6.0. Perfectly happy with 5.1.1.

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