Is there any reason to switch to iOS 11 Apple maps?

Discussion in 'iOS 11' started by Ghost31, Jul 14, 2017.

  1. Ghost31 macrumors 68000

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    I used google maps for awhile when it came out and enjoyed it for what it was. Then I tried google maps and was shocked at how good it was and haven't used Apple maps since. Are there any reasons to switch back to Apple maps when the big update comes?

    I see if I open Apple maps now on my phone I still can't arrange my favorite locations or have folders for them. That seems so basic to have. I hope this has changed
     
  2. bheathain macrumors member

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    only reason I can think of is that it does a better job of showing everything on the lock screen when driving versus other 3rd party mapping apps.
     
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  4. JT2002TJ macrumors 6502a

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    I have CarPlay in my truck, so I use apple maps exclusively. I haven't had any problems, other than the occasional white grid (rarely, it might be my signal strength).
     
  5. Ghost31 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Is there something I'm missing or like...how do you organize your favorite places?
     
  6. tgi macrumors 65816

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    Everyone that advocates Apple Maps over Google Maps, do you rely on Apple Maps when you need to be somewhere at a specific time? I find that Apple Maps never has an accurate ETA when the route is first entered. With Google Maps it already accounts for delays with delays, traffic, accidents etc.

    Does anyone else notice this? I'd love to use Apple Maps exclusively but don't find it as reliable as Google Maps when it comes to efficient routing and accurate ETAs.
     
  7. Cayden macrumors 6502a

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    I drive with Apple maps and the biggest reason I use it is for the ETA. I’ve found it to be accurate (generally within a minute for me). I often use it even when I know where I’m driving just to check my arrival time.
     
  8. Wildkraut, Jul 16, 2017
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    I avoid Google stuff as much as i can, because of privacy reasons.
    Otherwise, I would buy me a cheap Android device.

    I believe my Geographical Coordinates are in better hands with Apple.
     
  9. plexdk macrumors 6502

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    I also have a better eta experience with Apple maps now.. plus it’s smoother and use less battery.

    I only use Google Maps when biking
     
  10. one more macrumors 6502a

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    I have used Apple Maps in iOS 9, then switched to Waze in iOS 10 (tried Google maps too) and still use Waze now. Between Google & Waze, I think the latter's UI is more convenient for driving and I do not want to actively feed Google with my whereabouts. Will be curious to see how AM change in the final release of iOS 11, though.
     
  11. CobraPA macrumors 6502a

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    Unfortunetly, Google owns Waze now, so not sure you can avoid them getting your location now or in the future.
     
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    I am aware of that, yet if I want to use bookmarks, etc., Google will want my email address for sinking, etc. Waze has an option to have an account too, but for now you can still remain as an anonymous Wazer without sacrificing much of the app's functionality.
     
  13. mattopotamus macrumors G5

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    Agreed. I'm shocked at how accurate the ETA is.

    To the OP, CarPlay is the reason I use apple maps. It's the best it's ever been in IOS 11
     
  14. PeLaNo macrumors regular

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    I think it's depends on how much iOS devices in that area. On the other hand , Google use location from android device to calculate ETA so they have much more data than Apple does.
     
  15. dominiongamma macrumors 65816

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    Apple collects data too even if they don't admit it. Google maps will never be outdone because they know how to create gps maps unlike Apple
     
  16. PsykX macrumors 6502a

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    It shows the info in a much better way than Google Maps if you're using public transportation.
     
  17. Knowlege Bomb macrumors 601

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    What’s the advantage of CarPlay + Apple Maps? I don’t use maps often but when I have to I prefer Waze as it allows real time 3rd person perspective even while not using navigation.
     
  18. Wildkraut macrumors 6502

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    Well, of course they do, with opt out, but it's not their revenue source.
    Google earns money with your data, it's simply how their business is build up.
    You're their main product! :D

    And for the same reason I don't use WhatsApp, Facebook, Google Stuff, etc.

    The day Apple goes the privacy invasive Google route, I move to something else, or give that smart* devices completely up. Anyway, I better pass on a few features, than make myself naked to Google.
     
  19. JT2002TJ, Jul 17, 2017
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    For right now Apple maps is the only maps that works with CarPlay. CarPlay and Android Auto (Android's equivalent) are interface protocols that allow your car stereo to display information from your phone. I have CarPlay in my truck (aftermarket head unit), it basically makes the touch screen a "display" unit that you can physically control your phone. I have the initial CarPlay, the newest allows wireless connection, mine I have to connect via lightning cable.

    You can trick your carplay by opening up apps that are not CarPlay ready, they will run in the background (I do this with SiriusXM), they will not display on the screen, but the audio will play. This will allow someone to run apple maps AND waze/google maps for accident/police info.

    I am very happy with Apple maps + Carplay. I haven't looked back at google maps since iOS 9. If I didn't have a CarPlay head unit, I am sure I would still be using google maps. So, I got forced to switch, but I have no complaints since.
     
  20. MozMan68 macrumors 68000

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    Damn...I was wondering about that.

    Had rental cars over the past couple of weeks with CarPlay and like the interface and seeing maps on the screen...but trying to access other apps while driving was a chore. I didn't even think of having Waze run in the background on the phone. I still enjoy it for police notifications.
     
  21. LarryJoe33 macrumors 6502a

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    Personally, the integration between Apple Maps, Calendar, Mail and Messages is enough for me to use it. An email or message with text in it looking like a meeting with an address gives you the option to create a calendar item with a location that ultimately sends it to Maps with a time to leave, etc. It all works very nicely.
     
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    It's still baffling to me why Apple has not acquired the company when it was for sale...The users share interesting data about the roads and the roads are organically updated by a sprawling community of "Wazers". Hell, they could have left it as a separate company, just sucking all the drive and map data into Maps...It's a shame :/
     
  23. MozMan68 macrumors 68000

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    They already were sucking that data into Apple Maps...even after Google purchased them...I only have noticed Waze missing from the latest build.
     
  24. KittyKatta macrumors 6502a

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    Ignorance is Bliss.

    Seriously. I primarily use Apple Maps and I'm mostly fine with it. But whenever I'm with a friend that uses Google Maps and we both are looking for info then their experience is infinitely better. Directions are more optimized. Information is abundant. Routes are more accurate. Sidetracking stops works. And the overall experience is better. Sadly, "It Just Works... for them".

    iOS11 Maps really hasn't improved much. Theres better destination info and now theres lane guides, but other than that then its still playing catch up to a 2015 version of Google Maps. That said, I use Siri so I'm sticking with Apple Maps and following them right off that cliff.
     
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    Same question here. Besides, Waze runs on both Android and iOS devices, so you have a much bigger pool of data.
     

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