Google to Show Off 'Next Dimension' of Maps on June 6

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    With Apple reportedly abandoning Google in favor of its own mapping solution for iOS 6, 9to5Google reports that Google will be holding an event on June 6 to show off "The Next Dimension of Google Maps". The event comes just five days before Apple is expected to show off details of iOS 6 at its Worldwide Developers Conference keynote.

    Apple has relied on Google to provide the mapping functionality in iOS since the iPhone's initial launch back in 2007. But as competition between the two companies has ramped up, Apple has been working to strengthen its expertise in mapping with the acquisition of several small companies and has been gradually moving certain location and mapping services in-house. That transition is expected to culminate in iOS 6 with the core mapping application shifting from Google to Apple.

    The timing of Google's event naturally leads to speculation that it has been specifically planned to upstage any Apple announcement about mapping in iOS 6 and to show what users will be missing out on with the transition by Apple.

    Article Link: Google to Show Off 'Next Dimension' of Maps on June 6
  2. jvmxtra macrumors 65816


    Sep 21, 2010
  3. mbarriault macrumors regular

    Dec 3, 2008
    The timing is way too suspicious for this to have been independently scheduled.

    And the likely, most hilarious thing is, Google will be having their collective asses handed to them just days later.
  4. Mortalias macrumors 6502


    Aug 24, 2011
    Los Angeles, CA
    Only 30 minutes to eat breakfast?

    Those pigs.
  5. nfl46 macrumors 603

    Oct 5, 2008
    Damn, I guess we can confirmed that Apple really did drop Google Maps from their new iOS.

    I can see it now, "Apple copied Google Maps comments."
  6. djrod macrumors 65816


    Sep 16, 2008
    Madrid - Spain
  7. nick_elt macrumors 68000


    Oct 28, 2011
    Would google maps be available as an app anyway?
  8. WeegieMac Guest


    Jan 29, 2008
    Glasgow, UK
    Or is the new maps in iOS 6 merely the next version of Google Maps?
  9. burnside macrumors 6502

    Jun 8, 2010
    I think Google will have a better map experience than what Apple (via the purchase of a third party map app) will.

    As far as the OS is concerned, who knows, guess we'll see.
  10. Peace, Jun 1, 2012
    Last edited: Jun 1, 2012

    Peace macrumors Core


    Apr 1, 2005
    Space--The ONLY Frontier
    Ya know. google will probably always have a better mapping program but I don't care. I can get by without looking at people being surprised by that intrusive street car and packet sniffer machine.

    Screw google and the thieving little car they drove in on.
  11. One Bad Duck macrumors member

    One Bad Duck

    Sep 18, 2005
    Mapping competition

    I suspect shares in Garmin and TomTom have just tanked. As the service of navigation turns to being better and better as a free service.
  12. rnizlek macrumors 6502

    Mar 31, 2004
    Washington, DC
    I hope so. Unless Apple maps replicate Google's transit routing functionality, I'll be sticking with Google for a long time. Really, I just hope Apple gives us a choice in map providers, but I know that won't happen.
  13. bazaarsoft macrumors newbie

    Apr 7, 2005
    Microsoft Strategy

    It's pathetic to see Google resort to these well-known Microsoft strategies - preview technology that someone else is about to release for real. I have very little doubt that they'll show "in the lab" concepts with no real ship dates/timelines, etc. Attempt to create the impression of being the leader while in reality just following the leader.

    Google truly is the next Microsoft.
  14. milbournosphere macrumors 6502a


    Mar 3, 2009
    San Diego, CA
    I'm sorry but Apple's map offerings are pathetic. I still find it hilarious that they can't (won't?) match Google's basic (and included out of the box) navigation app, despite having put out multiple versions of iOS and hardware revisions since Android's release. In my opinion, lack of turn-by-turn navigation is the iPhone's biggest failure.
  15. paul4339 macrumors 65816

    Sep 14, 2009
    The shame is that Google is known to have one of the better mapping solutions; they just need to relentlessly make it better.

    By scheduling a 'demo of things to come soon' on the coat tail of a Apple's presentation it makes them look like a bunch of followers with a 'me too' solution...they shouldn't need to do that, they are (were?) already in the lead.
  16. newyorksole macrumors 68030

    Apr 2, 2008
    New York.
  17. iScott428 macrumors regular


    Feb 23, 2011
    Orlando, FL
    Doesn't matter who announces the new map system first but rather who is the first to bring it to mainstream market and use. I believe Apple's system will be cleaner and more reliable than google, while beating it to market as well.
  18. brdeveloper macrumors 68020


    Apr 21, 2010
    I doubt Apple's map solution will be better than any other competitor at the launch. Or, perhaps iMaps will be useful only in US land at the first moment.

    Some months ago I read something about Microsoft adopting Nokia map solution to replace Bing Maps, so looks like it's not so easy to bring an industry-standard map solution.
  19. gotluck macrumors 603


    Dec 8, 2011
    East Central Florida
    um? Apple is the 'me too' when it comes to maps.
  20. B.A.T macrumors 6502a

    Oct 16, 2009
    Can't wait to see both versions of maps. Competition is a good thing.
  21. paul4339 macrumors 65816

    Sep 14, 2009
    Agreed. That's why Google doesn't need to follow with a presentation shortly after Apple's, they (google) is already in the lead.
  22. newdeal macrumors 68020

    Oct 21, 2009

    Apples current google maps app is just fine. What they really need is turn by turn navigation powered by siri. Googles turn by turn is pretty darn good
  23. Tarzanman macrumors 65816

    Jul 16, 2010
    I can't blame Apple. They aren't a software company. They sell hardware and they just happen to make software in order to sell the hardware.

    They are transitioning into a more software-centered company, but that is definitely going to take time... and one can hardly expect them to keep pace with one of the top software companies that has ever existed (Google) while they are doing so.

    Apple doesn't have to beat google maps (nor could they, unless they threw an epic ton of money and time trying to do so). They just need to offer a usable alternative. I expect that Apple will be forced to allow Google apps/maps onto the iphone because Google still does make good software that many users will not want to go without.

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