"Apple" satellite images newer than "Google"

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

  1. jackal123uk macrumors member

    Jan 13, 2007
    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

    Oct 27, 2009
    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.
  3. El3ctronics macrumors 65816

    Mar 30, 2011
  4. jackal123uk thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 13, 2007
    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


    Oct 26, 2011
    At the alternatives section.
    google satellite images for some parts of the world are appalling.
  6. AIP5 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 2, 2011
    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.
  7. MagnusF macrumors regular

    Jul 12, 2010
  8. AR999 macrumors regular

    Jun 12, 2012
    At least they actually have the images...
  9. 8a22a macrumors 6502a


    Mar 9, 2012
    Yorkshire, UK
    The newest (about 6 months old) roundabout in my town is on Apple but not Google.
  10. RandomGuy26 macrumors regular

    Sep 25, 2009
  11. Spankey macrumors 6502a

    Sep 30, 2007
    Nice..Whoever made that couldn't even spell "lose" correctly.
  12. ericrwalker macrumors 68030


    Oct 8, 2008
    Albany, NY

    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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