Google Maps vs Apple Maps comparison through the years.

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by vikingjunior, May 27, 2017.

  1. shyam09 macrumors 68020


    Oct 31, 2010
    I agree that was quite an interesting read. Thank you for sharing.
  2. Lloydbm41 Suspended


    Oct 17, 2013
    Central California
    Apple will never match Google in terms of map data. Apple simply doesn't put the same amount of resources into their maps as Google. This is particularly evident when you look at Apple Maps outside the US.
  3. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
    You also have to figure in years of head start that Google has had.
  4. ATC macrumors 65816

    Apr 25, 2008
    I'm a huge Apple fan and I try to use the default apps on all my iOS devices as much as possible but when it comes to maps (I drive mainly in western Canada) there's no question Google Maps is in a league of its own.

    It's not just a matter of accuracy, POIs, usability (love the one finger zoom) but the traffic information difference between the two is just day and night.

    And I don't expect that to change in the future. There's just that many more devices out there feeding user data into Google maps that Apple Maps just cannot compete.

    My only wish is that Apple would one day allow us to set google maps as the default mapping app, for things like CarPlay and address hyperlinks throughout the OS. But I feel like that's not going to happen which is making me strongly consider android for the first time.
  5. yg17 macrumors G5


    Aug 1, 2004
    St. Louis, MO
    Do it! I switched to Android last year and haven't looked back.
  6. Zaft macrumors 68040


    Jun 16, 2009
    Brooklyn, NY
    I think apple will allow this in IOS11. They already made the first step in allowing stock apps to be deleted.
  7. tbayrgs macrumors 603


    Jul 5, 2009
    I hope so but I doubt it. Relinquishing control just isn't in Apple's DNA.
  8. ATC macrumors 65816

    Apr 25, 2008
    It would be amazing if they do it but I'm skeptical.
  9. v0lume4 macrumors 68000


    Jul 28, 2012
    Same here. Have been pleasantly surprised. At the end of the day, iOS and Android are nearly the same. Much like Mac and Windows -- they both do the same things in roughly the same manner. Switching isn't really a big deal at all. Look at it like a fresh coat of paint.

    But it's all the small things that add up that is making me enjoy Android immensely. Google integration, notification management, integration between apps, Google Assistant, the ever-present Google search bar on my home screen (huge for me), and overall the more open operating system (that can be a problem if you aren't careful). That said, I'm running stock Android 7.1.1 so YMMV.
    --- Post Merged, May 31, 2017 ---
    OP -- Insanely cool article. Thank you so much for the share.
  10. zone23 macrumors 68000

    May 10, 2012
    I don't have to switch to Android I can just run Google Maps on my iPhone.

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