Apple Maps vs. Google Maps

Discussion in 'iOS 7' started by bigjim83, Jan 19, 2014.


Google Maps vs. Apple Maps

  1. Google Maps

    164 vote(s)
  2. Apple Maps

    140 vote(s)
  1. bigjim83 macrumors 6502

    Dec 14, 2011
    Has Apple maps caught up with google maps yet? What are your experiences? Searching, points of interest, route accuracy?

    What I have found is that Google maps searches are better. I am able to find more locations and it gives a broader search radius. I am unsure of routing though.
  2. richardbb85 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 9, 2009
    apple map was horrible in ios6, got a lil better in ios7. i will go with google map though, it just works much better
  3. trewyn15 macrumors 6502

    May 13, 2013
    Is this even a question? Apple Maps are the worst maps I have ever used... even to the point to where my girlfriend (the fangirl if you will) won't even take her iPhone out for directions.

    Always using my SIII for directions.
  4. dannyyankou, Jan 19, 2014
    Last edited: Jan 19, 2014

    dannyyankou macrumors 604


    Mar 2, 2012
    Apple maps will have potential with the m7 chip and iOS 8. For now though, Google Maps.

    And the only reason I gave the edge to google is because it has transit directions.
  5. taptic macrumors 65816


    Dec 5, 2012
  6. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604


    May 28, 2005
    Last time I used Apple Maps, I turned off of a main road up a 35º hill, through a back alley, down a 35º hill, and then continued on the main road.

    I don't think it's quite ready yet.
  7. PNutts macrumors 601


    Jul 24, 2008
    Pacific Northwest, US
    I never had a problem with Apple's map in iOS 6 and stopped using Garmin's apps for routing. The map in iOS 7 seems just as good, but the routing is terrible. Even in 7.0.4 (before I went to 7.1 b1).
  8. JayJayAbels macrumors 6502


    May 15, 2012
  9. GreyOS macrumors 68040


    Apr 12, 2012
    UK or at least my local area - no, Apple Maps hasn't caught up. It's based off 5+ year old data and updates to it have been very slow.
  10. TC03 macrumors 65816

    Aug 17, 2008
    For turn-by-turn navigation, Apple Maps is hands down the best product I've ever used. It's fast, clean and intuitive. Only thing I miss is map caching for offline usage.

    For other tasks I prefer Google Maps. The maps are more detailed and the UI is just better overall.
  11. bransoj macrumors 6502a

    Jul 31, 2013
    Used Apple maps a lot for navigation round where i am and never had a problem. Used it on Saturday night to pick up the other half in the depths of the one way system in the middle of Sheffield and it worked no problem.
  12. LV426 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 22, 2013
    Agreed. I use it in preference to my dedicated SatNav now, as the instructions are very clear.
  13. cynics macrumors G4

    Jan 8, 2012
    For turn by turn I've had good luck with Apple maps. For POI it sucks.
  14. The Phazer macrumors 68030

    Oct 31, 2007
    London, UK
    Not even remotely.

    It's actually probably regressed a little bit further.

    I could have made a better point of interest database with a dartboard.

    Unmitigated disasters.

    That's because Google's data is better in every way.
  15. jonasdamn macrumors 6502a

    Mar 4, 2013
    The most annoying part of Apple maps for me is searching address. For example, I live in Lithuania country, Vilnius city. When i type address "Saltoniskiu g. 19"- no results, when I type "Saltoniskiu g. 19, Vilnius"- successful... With google maps or other maps application I dont need to write in addition my city, it gives accurate results
  16. VulchR macrumors 68020


    Jun 8, 2009
    Map's POI's where I am (Scotland) are terribly inaccurate and out of date. POI corrections that I have submitted since Maps was first released have not been acted on at all. I love Apple's products in general, but Maps just plain sucks in my corner of the world, and Apple is doing precious little about it.

    There is a separate thread and poll about Apple's maps that rather highlights that users' experiences of Apple's maps is mixed at best and dependent on country: In that poll, which has over 450 respondents at this point, more people outside the US believe Apple's maps is poor than great.
  17. Armen macrumors 604


    Apr 30, 2013
    Where do you live exactly? Apple Maps works great in Los Angeles. It's dead on accurate for routing and ETA estimates (which are off in Google maps).
  18. buddybd macrumors 6502

    Jul 28, 2011
    I'm on a Study Abroad right now, and as far as I can tell, AM works well in the US but not in London or Florence.

    But yesterday AM saved our group a lot of trouble by working without a data connection whereas GM only showed the dot and not the map.
  19. cynics macrumors G4

    Jan 8, 2012

    Apple maps requires data just like the Google map app.

    I unfortunately have a Verizon iPhone so I can't do voice and data. When I'm using Apple maps while on the phone it works unless I miss a turn then it reroutes constantly since there is no data. Very annoying.
  20. LostSoul80 macrumors 68020


    Jan 25, 2009
    Apple Maps are cool to see 3D buildings in some cities.

    That's about it.
  21. trewyn15 macrumors 6502

    May 13, 2013
    Milwaukee WI, travel literally all over WI and IL and we always have trouble with her phone and maps lol
  22. bkends35 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 24, 2013
    Apple maps work well for me, the integration with iOS is obviously much better than google maps which is why I almost always use apple maps.
  23. Wuiffi macrumors 6502a


    Oct 6, 2011
    here in Austria it's a bit different. If you are in the big cities (there's probably about 5 of those) google offers the better satellite images. However if you are outside, Apple is in front by a lot. Navigating is good but not perfect on both and (where I am) Apple has more POI but most of them are not very accurate. I use Apple Maps most of the time, because Google Maps doesn't offer any improvements.
  24. Krazy Bill macrumors 68030

    Krazy Bill

    Dec 21, 2011
    Who needs a map?

    I am a Male. I don't need driving directions to anywhere.
  25. deluxeshredder macrumors 6502a

    Nov 30, 2013
    Apple Maps have a terrible UI since iOS 7 and are useless where I live.

    Google Maps have an excellent UI on all platforms and work very well where I live.

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