Other Apple Maps actually outperformed Google Maps today

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Wide opeN, May 26, 2019.

  1. Wide opeN macrumors 65816

    Wide opeN

    Aug 27, 2010
    While I'm a big proponent of Google Maps versus Apple Maps normally, Apple Maps actually saved my bacon today.

    Went to the Atlanta Jazz Festival today (https://www.atlanta.net/events/atlanta-jazz-festival/) and the park parking lot was full. So naturally, I ended up having to park further away.

    Now I thought I had pinned my parking location when I got there via Google Maps. However, when it was time to go, things turned sour real quick. Not only was Google Maps not user friendly trying to retrieve this information, but it was down right unavailable.

    Here's why: 7CDD51B3-D165-494E-A14F-6D7223A52DAC.jpeg

    While I did not know this when I went to pin my parking location; I WOULD NEVER ALLOW GOOGLE TO "ALWAYS" track my location due to their dubious practices. So since I had selected "only while using app" I basically was screwed!!! So what to do right!?

    Well I remember, a lot of times in coming and going that Apple Maps will randomly suggest travel reminders. So I'm like ok, hopefully Apple Maps saved my parking location.

    Sure enough it had... WHEW!!! I was able to get back to my car easy peasy!!!

    I've ragged on Apple Maps in the past, but it actually came in handy today. And even if Apple Maps is tracking me in the background (hopefully on device only), I certainly trust Apple more than Google.

    Just wanted to share.
  2. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    I use the Apple maps app all the time. I try to avoid anything google when ever I can.
  3. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    I get a popup all the time showing Apple Maps has saved my parking spot. I think it senses when you have disconnected from the car's Bluetooth connection then saves the location. It does work pretty well.
  4. FFR macrumors 601


    Nov 4, 2007
    Been using apple maps exclusively for a while now, it’s actually pretty great.
  5. Shanghaichica macrumors G4


    Apr 8, 2013
    I use google maps out of habit but I’ve no issues with Apple maps. On a few occasions I’ve had to use it when google maps failed.
  6. Thai macrumors 65816


    Feb 2, 2016
    I use Apple Maps exclusively. I do have GARMIN app (with full North American map data downloaded) for those times without cell service.
  7. Jimmy James macrumors 601

    Jimmy James

    Oct 26, 2008
    OP, good call on limiting Google’s access.
  8. StralyanPithecus macrumors regular


    Sep 27, 2018
    Toasty South Texas, I miss my kangaroos.
    Outperforming Google’s Maps?... It’s an Apple’s Maps bug.... :D
  9. MisterSavage macrumors 6502a


    Nov 10, 2018
    That screenshot you posted is for if you want Google Maps to *automatically* set your parking location.

    I have no trouble manually setting my parking spot and I just double checked that I have Google Maps locations permissions set to "while using". I just touch the blue dot and in the menu that pops up is an option to mark your parking location. It's in "step 4" further down on that page.

  10. pixel_junkie macrumors 6502


    Oct 31, 2015
    I was just on Google maps looking for cajon boil restaurant near me. Then saw this thread and pulled Apple Maps to try it out. Searched for cajon boil restaurant on it, gave me a list but all restaurants were in LA, I’m in San Diego. I think I’ll stick to G Maps.
  11. now i see it macrumors 68040

    Jan 2, 2002
    Depending on an iPhone/smartphone to mark & find your car is just asking for it. Avoid doing that. Natural navigation (based on landmarks and paying attention while leaving your car) is a much better way to "mark" your parking spot.
    These mobile map apps make us all lazy & dependent on them and they're not 100% reliable.
  12. DeanLubaki macrumors 6502a


    May 29, 2014
    Okay but really... It wasn't Google's fault, it was your own for not setting it to always. But also Waze automatically saves your location as well.
  13. TheMadBrewer macrumors regular


    Feb 11, 2008
    Marina del Rey, CA
    While Apple maps have improved this, I still use Google maps when I need public transportation options, especially in Europe. It seems to be more up to date: For example, when I was in Prague last week there was lots of street repair going on and some trams were canceled/rerouted for a few days (some a few months!) and Google was pretty much up to date with them.

    I do like the way Apple remembers your parking location when your phone disconnects from the car bluetooth/Car Play
  14. jjohnstonjr macrumors regular


    Apr 18, 2017
    Cleveland Ohio
    Apple Maps has taken out of the way several times when going to a few different destinations. Google Maps however has been spot on and taken me there in a shorter time and short distance.
  15. Kung macrumors member


    Feb 3, 2006
    I recently switched back to an iPhone XS after a 3 month experiment with a Samsung Galaxy S10e.

    I got my S10e back in March on the 6th, and flew to visit my sister on the 26th of that month. Landed and set out in our rental car, and Google Maps tells me "Turn left in 500 feet."

    In the middle of Seattle right next to the airport, there are generally going to be about 3 different streets within 500 feet, and it drove me bonkers.

    I tried everything on https://mobileinternist.com/google-maps-not-showing-directions-android and it *STILL* wouldn't work. The fix? I had to tell the phone to use Google's American English voice set instead of Samsung's, stop the Maps service and a few others, and THEN turn off and back on the phone. I've never, not once, had to do that on an iPhone - not even when I've actually RUN Google Maps ON my iPhone in the past.

    And this was just Maps. I had multiple other issues with it. Reliability and constancy is a big deal for me; and after 3 months I couldn't take it any more. Traded it in Saturday on a 256Gb XS and I couldn't be happier.
  16. cub4bearin macrumors regular

    Mar 20, 2009
    Apple maps 100%. That comes from FedEx guy, with up to 100 stops. Most accurate maps I have ever used.
  17. FFR macrumors 601


    Nov 4, 2007
    Your far from alone. Can’t believe you waited 3 months though.
  18. craigio85 macrumors 6502


    Jun 27, 2017
    United Kingdom
    Apple Maps doesn’t work so well for me when driving but, oddly, it’s better than Google when I’m on foot. Google seems to want to rigidly keep me on roads whereas Apple will use footpaths as shortcuts.
  19. Zaft macrumors 68040


    Jun 16, 2009
    Brooklyn, NY
    I also use google maps a lot but I like Apple maps also. Especially the feature that saves my parking spot, really useful. The UI in my opinion is superior on Apple maps as well.
  20. kohlson macrumors 68000

    Apr 23, 2010
    I am slowly trying to extricate myself from the G-cosystem. But Apple Maps has failed me too often. Just last week, when I was 15 miles away from home I fired it up and entered my home address. Never heard of it. Not even the town. So I quit the app, and tried again. Still nothing. So I used Google Maps. This is not the first time this has happened for me. Maybe it's a phone thing. But Google Maps has never failed me.
  21. Kung macrumors member


    Feb 3, 2006
    Well, to begin with, the phone was fantastic. It fixed a few issues that I'd had with an iPhone - and that STILL exist. For instance, I own an F150 with Sync, and anytime I sync my phone to my F150 with BT, I cannot use the microphone in the phone to dictate speech.....nor can I use the one in the F150.

    The S10e has no issues with it, and that was awesome. The phone was flawless....for about a month. Then I started having small issues here and there, such as the Maps issue I outlined above.

    Then all of a sudden last Wednesday, my phone freaked the hell out. Rebooting, app crashes, dropped calls, etc. At that point I said "Screw this" and got an XS last Saturday. I'm now in the process of selling my S10e.
  22. PTLove macrumors 6502

    Sep 12, 2014
    I mean, Apple Maps could track the location because Apple Maps must have been detecting your location in the background. The same permission you denied Google.

    Its cool it worked, but this is about as Apples or Oranges as you can get.
  23. I7guy macrumors Core


    Nov 30, 2013
    Gotta be in it to win it
    When I leave my car at the airport I make sure I manually push a pin for the location in Apple Maps. It's never failed. It took way to long to move the bar in an upward fashion on Apple Maps and I'm glad Apple finally got this going.
  24. pika2000 macrumors 601

    Jun 22, 2007
    Apple maps is actually great... in fully supported areas/regions. The issue is, fully supported areas are not as wide as Google maps. As much as I like Apple maps, I still have to rely on Google maps majority of times. And yes, Google maps is truly unintuitive. It’s basically designed to be just a yellow pages. Once you want to use it like a regular map, it’s downright frustrating.
  25. Scream And Fly macrumors newbie

    Scream And Fly

    Nov 7, 2017
    Florida and New York, USA
    Curious, how come?

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