Apple Reportedly Had Over a Year Left on Maps Contract with Google

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Amid widespread complaints over Apple's new iOS 6 Maps app, which replaced the Google-powered application that had shipped on iOS devices since the iPhone debuted in 2007, some observers have wondered how much of the shift was due to Apple's desire to reduce its reliance upon on Google and how much might be due to other factors.


    In particular, there has been some speculation that demands by Google could also have played a role in Apple's decision, with the suggestion being that Apple may have been forced to roll out its own mapping solution a bit sooner than it had planned for if its contract with Google had been running out.

    The Verge now reports that such speculation is unfounded, with Apple and Google having had over a year left on their contract for Google's Maps app. Consequently, Apple could presumably have continued using Google's app in iOS 6 as it worked to improve its own mapping product for a launch with iOS 7 next year.
    Apple's decision apparently caught Google off-guard, as Google is reportedly still several months away from having a standalone maps app ready for submission to the App Store.

    Article Link: Apple Reportedly Had Over a Year Left on Maps Contract with Google
  2. rawdawg macrumors 6502

    Jan 7, 2009
    Billions in cash pissing away money on a not needed maps app and yet still no desktops. Apple is officially my gadget only supplier.
  3. realeric macrumors 6502a


    Jun 19, 2009
    United States
  4. tylersdad macrumors member


    Jul 26, 2010
    If this is true, then Apple really let us (the customer) down. As a software developer, I don't see any down side (other than cost) to taking the time needed to put out a fully baked product. As far as cost goes, Apple has $100 B in the bank. I think they can afford it.
  5. pwhitehead macrumors 6502


    Jul 19, 2011
    new jersey
    apple bit their noses to spite their face; permanently scared the apple core.
  6. fel10 macrumors 68000


    Feb 2, 2010
    Woodstock, GA USA
    Well, they should've used it. And also used that time to fix all the issues with Apple Maps before releasing it.
  7. iGrip macrumors 68000


    Jul 1, 2010
    What a frigging boneheaded move. The person responsible should be questioned closely. And I daresay that Steve would never have released a new service that was worse than the old.
  8. craig1410 macrumors 65816


    Mar 22, 2007
    Gotta start crowd-sourcing asap.

    The TbyT directions more than make up for any other shortcomings for me anyway.
  9. Frankied22 macrumors 68000


    Nov 24, 2010
    That is really sad if Google Maps is still months away from being released :(
  10. gmanist1000 macrumors 68030


    Sep 22, 2009
  11. sikkinixx macrumors 68020


    Jul 10, 2005
    Rocketing through the sky!
    Sucks for us users but Apple needs the data to start making major improvements, better to do it now (should have done it a while back) and suffer people being annoyed.
  12. s8film40 macrumors 6502


    Aug 14, 2007
    I would think that if their contract with Google was expiring they would want to move to another option at least a year before the end of the contract. This way those who don't upgrade won't be left without a maps option at all.
  13. Rogifan macrumors P6


    Nov 14, 2011
    im assuming the person responsible was either Cook or Forstall. And wasn't it Steve who decided to go thermonuclear on Google? Steve deserves a lot of the blame for this IMO.
  14. GuitarDTO macrumors 6502a

    Feb 16, 2011
    Android phones have had far superior native maps/navigation since day 1, and I agree with the article that the gap was widening with each release. Apple made the right move. They'll get maps right eventually.
  15. LethalWolfe macrumors G3


    Jan 11, 2002
    Los Angeles
    Is it hart to understand that they hate Google? No. Is it surprising that they let that hate result in a sub-par user experience like this? Yes.
  16. Muzzakus macrumors regular

    May 23, 2011
    It's time apple allows users to assign default apps for, web browser, email client & maps. Users that don't care can live with defaults, the others can optimise their experience.
  17. nikomakhos macrumors member

    Sep 23, 2012
    Oh, wow. If this is true, then Apple really screwed us over. What on earth were they thinking? :eek:
    Who cares about turn-by-turn directions or fancy 3D-buildings when your core data is so broken?
  18. herocero macrumors regular

    Jan 23, 2003
    down on the upside
    google should work out a free deal with apple to allow google maps on the app store, and charge $1 dollar for it. when they rake in a few million dollars from the sale they won't need to say anything more on the subject and apple will continue to look like numbnuts for making this short-side anti-customer move.

    disclaimer: i'm no fanboy (of anything) and i own an iphone 5. google maps is just better and more accurate.
  19. urbanj macrumors regular

    Nov 3, 2008
    Same. Maybe its cause I'm from Canada but it seems to work ok for me. I'm only on the 4 though so no idea if that 3D stuff is wonky.
  20. cRuNcHiE macrumors 6502a

    Jan 2, 2007
    Presumeably the fact that IOS5 still uses google maps proves there must still be some active contract in place anyway else maps in io5 would stop working?
  21. NachoGrande macrumors 6502a

    Mar 30, 2010
    That's exactly what Apple wanted! They didn't want people to be able to download an alternative...
  22. SprSynJn Guest

    Sep 15, 2011
    Didn't Google also start charging for use of their map service? That is why iPhoto doesn't use it anymore, no?
  23. Chrisg2014 macrumors regular

    Aug 23, 2010
    You know I'm happy about what happened with Maps because Apple won't let my phone have all the feature...

    Thanks Apple for saving me from a bigger disappointment!!! ;)
  24. tylersdad macrumors member


    Jul 26, 2010
    They should not sell their customers short, just to take a jab at Google. That's bad business.
  25. BobCollins macrumors member

    Mar 20, 2011
    Sunnyvale CA USA
    That's good, because you don't have any choice.

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