can't people just use Maps+ as a google map alternative to apple maps?

Discussion in 'iOS 6' started by canonwire, Sep 20, 2012.

  1. canonwire macrumors member

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    Its free. Albeit there is an option to unlock for 2.99.

    Uses Google Map data from what I can tell.
     
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  3. shortcrust, Sep 20, 2012
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    People want a high quality map app that is integrated. I want to be able to ask Siri about local businesses when I'm driving. I don't want to have to pull over to use third party applications.
     
  4. canonwire thread starter macrumors member

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    understood. just trying to offer a suggestion as a work around for the time being. I'm sure someone from jailbreak team will figure out a way to default the map program used in the future too..
     
  5. shortcrust macrumors 6502

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    I do hope so! Have never jailbroken (?) before but I would for that.
     
  6. Evgenyy macrumors regular

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    As far as I understand, it uses iOS APIs to provide maps that are integrated into iOS. On iOS 5 Maps+ will be served with google maps when using maps APIs. On iOS 6 Maps+ will be served Apple maps by using the same APIs.
     
  7. Strang0r macrumors member

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    Just tried maps+ and it does indeed use apple maps on ios6
     
  8. canonwire thread starter macrumors member

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    oh crap
     
  9. Acronyc macrumors 6502

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    Maps+ had been updated and now uses Google maps again. Very helpful for maps in Japan, as the Apple solution is extremely lacking in detail.
     

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    The big, and often forgotten, problem is exactly how many apps use the Map Kit and built in API's to function.

    I use fitness apps to track my runs/ biking via GPS... they are now crippled since the maps of those areas are barren (Google had bike/ walking paths mapped, Apple has no plans to do so).

    Real estate apps are completely useless as the addresses in my neighborhood are all a mess on the new maps.

    The same could be said about Find My Phone/ Friends.

    Even most weather apps pull from the same data.


    Replacing Apple's Maps with another navigation app will solve some of the problems, but it still leaves plenty without a solution.
     
  11. pdqgp macrumors 68020

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    It will be interesting to know when the authors of those apps are going to do as others have and integrate with Google Maps and data points.
     

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