"Apple" satellite images newer than "Google"

Discussion in 'iOS 6' started by jackal123uk, Jun 18, 2012.

  1. jackal123uk macrumors member

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    Haven't seen any mention of this on the other threads but it is certainly true for regions of the UK.

    For example, over the Portsmouth area Apple maps show mid-2011 whereas the house I moved into in 2009 hasn't even had the foundations laid in Google's - I'd estimate circa 2007; a difference of 4 years. Has anyone else noticed this elsewhere?

    I'll reiterate the comments made elsewhere about the lower resolution of Apple's images but I think it's also been mentioned that Apple may be intentionally withholding higher resolution imagery in the beta - makes sense to limit the strain on their servers. Considering the advances in technology etc in the intervening 4 years (see above) I think it's safe to assume that Apple may well have access to higher resolution imagery than Google. Thoughts?
     
  2. LIVEFRMNYC macrumors 604

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    I notice Google seems to update images here in NY about every 1 to 2 years. And I might see a Google car or bike once every couple months.
     
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  4. jackal123uk thread starter macrumors member

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    I would have thought the US would get more frequent updates - especially the bigger cities - than perhaps Europe might. I've just noticed the Google imagery for Sheffield, England is only 1-2 years old and probably less that a year behind that of Apple. It might be the case that larger urban areas in the UK are updated more frequently also.

    I wasn't jumping to conclusions as in maps in iOS 6 will be of higher resolution than Google maps, more rationalising that a 2011 ariel photo will be of a higher resolution than a 2007 one. Obviously what's been said above about update frequency makes it a moot point.

    I'm still interested if anyone else has noticed if Apple's source of ariel maps is newer/older than Google's.
     
  5. Troneas macrumors 65816

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    google satellite images for some parts of the world are appalling.
     
  6. AIP5 macrumors 6502a

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    I would like to say both maps use satellite images from other mapping companies, at least for a certain portion of their satellite maps.

    Google satellite view of Portsmouth, UK uses maps from Digital Globe, GeoEye, Getmapping, among others. So I guess it's dependent on which company the Maps were sourced from. In this case it looks like Apple has sourced its maps from a company that updated its maps more recently than Google's sources did.

    The 45 degree view in Google though is its own creation with its own planes, though I'm not 100% sure.
     
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  8. AR999 macrumors regular

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    At least they actually have the images...
     
  9. 8a22a macrumors 6502a

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    The newest (about 6 months old) roundabout in my town is on Apple but not Google.
     
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    Nice..Whoever made that couldn't even spell "lose" correctly.
     
  12. ericrwalker macrumors 68030

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    I was going to say that. I think it was that bumbling idiot on "Office Space", he was going to make a million dollars with that.
     

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