I've been predicting this since I started using iOS 6b1. I seem to recall getting blasted on this forum for saying that Apple's Maps was considerably below what Google offers in functionality. I seem to recall MacBook Pro was the most vocal in that regard. Now, many betas later and after it's release to the world I still wish Apple would have kept this under lock and key for another year so they could get it closer to what it needs to be.
Problem is... it needs to be in use by the public (actual users) to get better.
Dick, How does putting the app in the users' hands improve the satellite imagery? The images for my city in Central America which were perhaps 5 years old in the previous Map app are now ancient grayscale military aerial photos from the 50's.
I meant improving basic surface maps and search data.
I do not have an answer for satellite imagery. Except, I doubt that Google has its own satellites -- it must be relying on someone else to supply the images.
I expect that Apple can obtain satellite images from the same or other sources.
I suspect that iOS 6 Maps uses a different software mechanism than iOS 5 maps to store, generate and present its satellite images -- thus the difference in speed.
If the above is true, then it is only a matter of time and priorities to convert and update the imagery in iOS 6 Maps.
BTW, Search for places like Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca or Nazca Lines and there isn't all that much difference between the two maps apps.
P.S. Lake Michigan is a clean... Lake Titicaca is a dirty..
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