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

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    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.


    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two million of those using the pre-iOS 6 default Google Maps application because they have not upgraded to a newer version of the iOS.

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  2. NotAdvisable macrumors regular


    Nov 16, 2011
    Perth, Australia
    Well it is the default mapping application for iOS now... nothing too surprising.
  3. levitynyc macrumors 65816

    Aug 19, 2006
    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.
  4. slffl macrumors 65816


    Mar 5, 2003
    Seattle, WA
    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!
  5. Crispy Duck macrumors regular

    Nov 14, 2006
    Manchester, UK
    My only gripe is the lack of town names in the UK.
  6. Xenc macrumors 6502a


    May 8, 2010
    London, England
    Which is what the article says...
  7. Harmush macrumors 6502a


    Sep 21, 2008
  8. mertyz macrumors regular


    Sep 21, 2011
    Also, Google Maps is not available in all countries.
  9. iLoveiTunes macrumors regular

    Feb 26, 2011
    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
  10. joonyaboy macrumors 6502


    Jun 27, 2010
    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.
  11. newagemac macrumors 68020

    Mar 31, 2010
    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.
  12. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
  13. PowerBook-G5 macrumors 65816


    Jul 30, 2013
    The United States of America
    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.
  14. yinz macrumors 6502a

    Apr 12, 2012
    Yeah, I hate having redundant apps on my phone...
  15. Davmeister macrumors 6502


    May 7, 2009
    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.
  16. jrlcopy macrumors 6502


    Jun 20, 2007
    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.
  17. I8P'CS macrumors 6502

    Jul 29, 2010
  18. marioguarneros macrumors regular


    Nov 2, 2011
    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.
  19. joetwizzy, Nov 11, 2013
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    joetwizzy macrumors member

    Sep 12, 2008
    Yeah ***** in the UK. Google Maps is far better.
  20. Rogifan macrumors P6


    Nov 14, 2011
    Yeah one would assume so but it obviously isn't that bad or people would be looking for alternatives.
  21. outphase macrumors 65816

    Jun 13, 2009
    Parts Unknown
    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.
  22. koppie644 macrumors regular

    Oct 4, 2011
    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...
  23. somethingelsefl macrumors 6502


    Dec 22, 2008
    Tampa, FL
    It would be at least one more person popular if I could use it for my daily transit and biking directions! Ugh.
  24. dannyyankou macrumors 604


    Mar 2, 2012
    Never had a problem with apple maps. Only time I use google is for transit directions, which apple will hopefully get next year.
  25. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

    IJ Reilly

    Jul 16, 2002
    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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