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A report on Tuesday claims Apple had over one year left on its contract with Google Maps when it made the decision to replace the app with a proprietary solution, leaving the internet search giant with little time to develop a standalone version capable of running on iOS 6.

Update: The New York Times has confirmed with its own sources that Google is indeed building a maps app, however the software will likely not be available for months as the company was "caught off guard" when Apple announced iOS Maps. Google Maps for iOS will possibly be released by the end of the year.

According to two separate sources familiar with the matter, the decision to replace Google Maps came shortly before Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference in June, meaning Google had a short window with which to build a new iOS app. The sources go on to say the standalone Google Maps is largely incomplete and will not ship for "several months," reports The Verge.

Google Chairman Eric Schmidt said as much in a short interview on Tuesday, revealing that the company has "not done anything yet" in terms of submitting an standalone app to Apple.

As for Apple's decision to ditch Google's mapping service, Schmidt said, "What were we going to do, force them not to change their mind? It's their call."

Apple's proprietary mapping solution was introduced at WWDC, with iOS chief Scott Forstall touting the app's turn-by-turn directions, crowd-sourced traffic data, Siri integration and 3D Flyover capabilities. The company was also said to be handling the cartography in house in its bid to replace Google Maps, a bold undertaking given Google's service has been continuously fine-tuned over the past decade.

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3D rendering issues in Apple's Maps app.


The move to introduce a totally new mapping system with iOS 6 and the new iPhone 5 was reportedly a result of the disparity of features between the Android and iOS versions of Google Maps. One key feature was free turn-by-turn directions, something that Google has been including in its Android OS for years.

In a bid to upstage Apple's announcement, Google announced the "next dimension" of Google Maps a few days prior to WWDC. The new feature turned out to be similar to Apple's Flyover and offers 3D renderings of certain large metropolitan areas.

When it was released last week alongside iOS 6, Apple's new iOS Maps met a flood of criticism from users who complained of incorrect positioning data, poor routing and Flyover rendering issues. Perhaps most troubling was the lack of features users had become accustomed to with Google Maps, such as Street View, highly-detailed map data and public transit routes.
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If that's true who ever at Apple made the decision to swap the "old" maps app with the new one is even dumber than I thought.
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It's essential to the usefulness of the iPhone, therefore Apple should own the property. The End.
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Some people say that I never criticize Apple? Well, if this article is true, then Apple clearly should have kept Google maps for one more year while they kept working on and improving their own Maps App.

 

Somebody at Apple made a poor decision. I think that Apple's map app works pretty good, but I don't think that anybody's going to deny that it needs a bit more work. Making a worldwide mapping solution is obviously not an easy or quick task that's done in 1,2,3.

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The stupidity is astounding, I'm not trying to hate on Apple today, or anything like that, but I mean they seriously broke their contract for Google Maps, to release an app that is universally disliked by their customers? Responsibility Apple, responsibility.
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Apple was supremely idiotic for not using that extra year to keep Apple Maps optional as a public beta. Millions and millions of people depend on Google Maps on their iPhones, and it has no suitable substitute.

Give Apple an extra year to make flyover models of buildings, get everything tagged, correlate satellite and map better... then maybe.
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[" url="/t/152893/apple-reportedly-waived-one-year-of-google-maps-contract-in-switch-to-ios-maps#post_2198422"]Some people say that I never criticize Apple? Well, if this article is true, then Apple clearly should have kept Google maps for one more year while they kept working on and improving their own Maps App.

Somebody at Apple made a poor decision. I think that Apple's map app works pretty good, but I don't think that anybody's going to deny that it needs a bit more work. Making a worldwide mapping solution is obviously not an easy or quick task that's done in 1,2,3.

Even without knowing about this rumoured extra year I've been saying that Apple needed another year of development for Apple Maps. It has massive potential but it's just not fully baked at this time. That said, it's gotten considerably better since the first beta only a few month prior. That that said said, I think this is exactly the kind of thing Jobs would have released if he were CEO.


PS: I would like them to license Navteq's street view or just make their own using the same tech in FlyOver but with advanced algorithms that could eventually take out cars and people (moving objects) while leaving the structures in place.

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They should have used that year to bake it some more. A lot more. As a stop-gap they could have easily added turn-by-turn to the existing Maps app, which they should have.

 

But no. People here on AI won't understand that. Apple can do no wrong.

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Bad, bad decision if true. So I wonder who made it - Cook or Forstall?
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Some people say that I never criticize Apple? Well, if this article is true, then Apple clearly should have kept Google maps for one more year while they kept working on and improving their own Maps App.

 

Somebody at Apple made a poor decision. I think that Apple's map app works pretty good, but I don't think that anybody's going to deny that it needs a bit more work. Making a worldwide mapping solution is obviously not an easy or quick task that's done in 1,2,3.

From the tenor of the paraphrased remarks, I would guess that the sources were closer to Google than Apple. My suspicion is that Apple receive information indicating that Google Maps for iOS was going to continue lacking feature compatibility with Google for Android, and thus Apple elected to cease supporting imminent mediocrity.

 

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As a stop-gap they could have easily added turn-by-turn to the existing Maps app, which they should have.

If they are using Google's back end I'm not sure they would be allowed. This makes me wonder if switching now so people can have TbT might not have been the best of the two options. It's certainly people have been wanting and could account for some reasons people choose Android over iPhone.

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So not only did Apple put out an inferior product but they did so in a way that would force their customers to go without the best mobile mapping solution on the planet. 

 

Steps Apple could have taken.

 

1. Tell google ahead of time. Have Apple maps preloaded on the iphone, but work with google to have maps app ready to go in the app store, just so their customers that value google maps, in locations where apple maps are unusable had an option.

 

2. Put apple maps as open beta in the app store and keep google maps on the iphone as default.

 

3. Have both google maps and Apple maps on the phone, customers pick. 

 

But what did Apple do. 

 

Tell google so late that they knew there wouldn't be google maps app in the app store, while also releasing thier beta maps app, and calling it a revolution in the mapping industry. 

 

I never thought id see the day where Apple's hatred for a competitor/partner would matter more that customer needs. 

 

Apple hatred for google> apple customers. I wonder if dropping google search in favor of "x seach engine" will come soon. Shame apple, ahame. 

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Wow.  Wannabe armchair cartographers are out in full force today.  I didn't realize there were so many people qualified to tell Apple what to do.

Maps works great for me.  GoogleMaps had its hit-and-misses to this day but I don't put them over the fire pit.  Streetview is nice, would be nice to have something similar to that in Apple's offerings but in the end, I don't need street view to get where I'm going.

If I were paying for maps, I would probably raise a stink.  However, since both are FREE services, I can't necessarily whine about it like you guys are.  I have better things to do.  So should you.

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I think this is what they had to do. Why do you think Googles
Maps work better. They have had 5 years of Apples user data
To refine them. The only way to develop this type of product is
In the wild. Everything Google has every released has been in beta
For years including maps. The learn from the feed back.
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Steve Jobs would be so pissed off right now! He would probably be yelling at some people if he was still here.

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I think this is what they had to do. Why do you think Googles
Maps work better. They have had 5 years of Apples user data
To refine them. The only way to develop this type of product is
In the wild. Everything Google has every released has been in beta
For years including maps. The learn from the feed back.

1) You don't need crowdsourcing to know there is a defined road that has existed for decades.

2) Apple builds the front end of their maps so they could have been pulling location and search request data from their Maps app since June 29th, 2007.

3) There are some things that will need crowdsourcing from analyzing server data in much the same was Siri needs to get better but the problems people are expressing are almost entirely not about crowdsourcing issues.

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Steve Jobs would be so pissed off right now! He would probably be yelling at some people if he was still here.


Maps was probably in development long before Steve Jobs passed away.  He knew what was going on.  I suspect he would have approved of it in its current form.

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Good riddens. Google sux.

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Just the other day a "source" with "ties" to Google claimed that Google had already submitted an app to Apple.
Now another source is saying the app is incomplete and won't ship for months.

My source is calling BS on this whole story.
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I suspect that the general public will not know the full details of this deal until someone's tell all auto-biography hits the shelves.
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So not only did Apple put out an inferior product but they did so in a way that would force their customers to go without the best mobile mapping solution on the planet.

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I never had much luck with the built in Maps app because it sucked up too much bandwidth (causing me to breach my data limit several times) and was too slow. My understanding is that part of my problem had to do with the inefficient way maps were encoded (pixels?) I had a much better experience with a third party app and downloaded maps. Just wondering: does everyone else here consider the old built in Maps app to be the "best solution on the planet"? How did they handle the situations where the data signal was weak? Did they not desire turn by turn directions?

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"Perhaps most troubling was the lack of features users had become accustomed to with Google Maps, such as Street View, highly-detailed map data and public transit routes."

For the record, Street View has NEVER been available on iOS devices... So how exactly did users 'become accustomed' to it?

This amazing piece of misinformation continues to be propogated by blogs, rumor sites and the mainstream media... Does anybody bother to check facts anymore?
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They needed to rip the bandaid off, and they did it. They need crowd sourced information to make the incremental improvements required. The 3D rendering "glitches" are just a fact of life; the GIS databases they use apparently don't include man-made structures. Neither does Google Earth. I miss street view on my iPad, especially as it relates to sorting out address anomalies.

But, I think back to six years ago, when I couldn't get a decent GPS database for my little Garmin unit. I had to manually track waypoints in order to make a "map" of routes. This data was unlimately uploaded to OpenStreetMaps to help improve things some... But it took two years for meaningful progress to be made. I expect Apple can make the jump in six months if they get adequate data from users... especially since it is likely automatically uploaded now.
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"Perhaps most troubling was the lack of features users had become accustomed to with Google Maps, such as Street View, highly-detailed map data and public transit routes."
For the record, Street View has NEVER been available on iOS devices... So how exactly did users 'become accustomed' to it?
This amazing piece of misinformation continues to be propogated by blogs, rumor sites and the mainstream media... Does anybody bother to check facts anymore?
Yes, Street View was available in the previous maps app. It's not available on maps.google.com
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"Perhaps most troubling was the lack of features users had become accustomed to with Google Maps, such as Street View, highly-detailed map data and public transit routes."
For the record, Street View has NEVER been available on iOS devices... So how exactly did users 'become accustomed' to it?
This amazing piece of misinformation continues to be propogated by blogs, rumor sites and the mainstream media... Does anybody bother to check facts anymore?

What are you talking about? Streetview has been available on Pre-iOS 6 devices for quite some time.

 

iPhone

 

 

iPad

 

 

 

 

Get your facts straight.

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"Perhaps most troubling was the lack of features users had become accustomed to with Google Maps, such as Street View, highly-detailed map data and public transit routes."
For the record, Street View has NEVER been available on iOS devices... So how exactly did users 'become accustomed' to it?
This amazing piece of misinformation continues to be propogated by blogs, rumor sites and the mainstream media... Does anybody bother to check facts anymore?

It was there just not easy to find. It required one to put a pin down first.
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Good riddens. Google sux.

It's, good riddance.
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It's, good riddance.
At least he spelled sux right.
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Originally Posted by Ken_sanders_aia View Post
For the record, Street View has NEVER been available on iOS devices... 

 

For the record, could you maybe do a single second of research before claiming something?

 

Street View has been available since iPhone OS 2.2 in 2008.

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At least we won't need to kick around MobileMe's rollout as an example of "Not Apple's finest hour..." anymore will we?

I really see the switch to Apple maps (at this time) as an example of a "What would Steve do?" mentality at Apple.

If SJ were still here I can just imagine the Jobsian "Reality Distortion Field"™ going into action at the Map rollout/intro...

About now he would have had the whole Maps team into his office for one of his patented "Heart to Heart" gabathons about "What F'ing happened"

Then at the iPhone 6 intro in a couple of years there'd be a mea culpa and we'd witness the intro of iMaps (what Apple Map should have been in te first place)

Hey, I love what Steve gave us, but I'm just sayin'
Edited by calfoto - 9/25/12 at 6:39pm
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The stupidity is astounding, I'm not trying to hate on Apple today, or anything like that, but I mean they seriously broke their contract for Google Maps, to release an app that is universally disliked by their customers? Responsibility Apple, responsibility.

Enough with the Google /Samasung trolling. I love the new maps and so do lots of users. It's vector based, way faster and will soon leave Google in the dust. Plus Google got 4x as much income from iOS than their crappy Android OS so good going Apple for removing that income from the backstabbing bar stewards at Google.
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They needed to rip the bandaid off, and they did it. They need crowd sourced information to make the incremental improvements required. The 3D rendering "glitches" are just a fact of life; the GIS databases they use apparently don't include man-made structures. Neither does Google Earth. I miss street view on my iPad, especially as it relates to sorting out address anomalies.
But, I think back to six years ago, when I couldn't get a decent GPS database for my little Garmin unit. I had to manually track waypoints in order to make a "map" of routes. This data was unlimately uploaded to OpenStreetMaps to help improve things some... But it took two years for meaningful progress to be made. I expect Apple can make the jump in six months if they get adequate data from users... especially since it is likely automatically uploaded now.

Totally agree.
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Smart decision on Apple's move to jump ship early.  Between Android success based on being a stolen product from Apple.. and Google purposely limiting the iOS version of its Map app.  Google was long from the being a friend, and much more closer to being an enemy.  The sooner the switched from Google products, they better off they are.  And what better way to use some of that $100+ Billion in the bank.. than by making themselves more self-sufficient.  Even Facebook is doing its part to pull away from Google and become its own search engine.

 

I've used iOS6 on both my iphone4S and my new 5.. and dont see what the crying is about.  Seems like its the typical ******gate that appears whenever a new iPhone is launched.  Where every tech/news site is anxious to attract clicks.. so they post news that know they will attract visitors.  In my experience:  

1) The Apple maps work just fine for GPS navigation and basic searches.  

2) All the street data from TomTom is pumped into Apple Maps, so all the streets are there for Nav use.

2) There are plenty of alternative Map apps like Bing to use for searches that dont show up in the Apple Map.

4) maps.google.com works pretty much EXACTLY like the old Google Maps did and can be made as a shortcut on the home screen.  Meaning the Google Maps "app" is still available right now.  No need to wait on the official version.

 

Just like Copy&Paste/MMSgate, Antennagate, Heatgate, and various other gates.. this is an overhyped situation is which 90% of the people shouting how bad the problem is, never even use product.  Those that do, know better.. like the above I just posted.  Either way.. in a year Apple's Map app should be thoroughly updated to a point where this conversation is no longer even talked about.  It wouldn't be a new iPhone.. if it didnt have a new controversial/overhyped disability.


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Wow.  Wannabe armchair cartographers are out in full force today.  I didn't realize there were so many people qualified to tell Apple what to do.

Maps works great for me.  GoogleMaps had its hit-and-misses to this day but I don't put them over the fire pit.  Streetview is nice, would be nice to have something similar to that in Apple's offerings but in the end, I don't need street view to get where I'm going.

If I were paying for maps, I would probably raise a stink.  However, since both are FREE services, I can't necessarily whine about it like you guys are.  I have better things to do.  So should you.

 Apple can do no wrong. The Maps apps may work for YOU, but there are millions of people, for which this apps has been a step backwards. Actually the biggest praise has be coming from China and everyone else has been dumbfounded by such an early release. In all your comments it is ME ME ME, sorry but Apple has a bigger consumer base and their admit that the app is not has polished as it should be. As for 'whining' people, we will keep on giving our feedback, to ensure that Maps meets apple standard expected by us the consumer.

 

If you had better things to do, you would not have provided comments, to a article, which is in your mind, is a waste of time.

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Schmidts comment says no such thing and 'two sources close to the matter' is as much a tabloid trash game as one source. 

 

i think the reason Google doesn't have an iOS app ready is that they don't plan to make one. rather just have folks go to the site in Mobile Safari as they can now

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The stupidity is astounding, I'm not trying to hate on Apple today, or anything like that, but I mean they seriously broke their contract for Google Maps, to release an app that is universally disliked by their customers? Responsibility Apple, responsibility.

Nonsense! It is not universally disliked #1, and you need to read DED's very intelligent and balanced article on Apple and Google maps on this same site posted today. (http://appleinsider.com/articles/12/09/25/inside_ios_6_whats_wrong_with_apples_new_maps )

This is all pure FUD! There are plenty of alternate mapping solutions in the App Store if you really need them. But most importantly, you can still access google maps on EVERY iPhone. That's right, google maps! Just go to their web app and then with one click bookmark it to your home screen. Problem solved. THIS IS ALL A VERY SHORT TERM PROBLEM! Apple is, and will continue, to fix any issues rapidly and by the looks of it actually have a superior product. Lots all put on our big boy pants and stop feeding this ridiculous media hyped frenzy.
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I never had much luck with the built in Maps app because it sucked up too much bandwidth (causing me to breach my data limit several times) and was too slow. My understanding is that part of my problem had to do with the inefficient way maps were encoded (pixels?) I had a much better experience with a third party app and downloaded maps. Just wondering: does everyone else here consider the old built in Maps app to be the "best solution on the planet"? How did they handle the situations where the data signal was weak? Did they not desire turn by turn directions?

Not best solution on the planet, but certainly better than what iOS replaced it with. I've never had issues regardless of reception unless I'm using satellite / hybrid view, and as far as my experience is concerned, Apple's maps are actually slower to pull than Google's (not to mention that the app itself is much heavier, running at 10-30fps on the iPad 3G and wasting a lot more battery as a result). As a core maps solution, Google Maps was much better than Apple Maps, and since you could easily download TomTom and other such apps for turn by turn navigation, I never saw the need to change anything. The addition of Siri support to the rest of the world is a nice feature, but not one that needed changing the supplier.

The problem with the new maps is that I simply can not trust them. Since even searching for my own street returns nothing despite it being properly charted on the map, there is absolutely no way I can trust that service to do anything like I trusted Google Maps to search for locations and provided me with directions whenever I needed them. For that reason, I am not upgrading to iOS 6.
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 Apple can do no wrong. The Maps apps may work for YOU, but there are millions of people, for which this apps has been a step backwards. Actually the biggest praise has be coming from China and everyone else has been dumbfounded by such an early release. In all your comments it is ME ME ME, sorry but Apple has a bigger consumer base and their admit that the app is not has polished as it should be. As for 'whining' people, we will keep on giving our feedback, to ensure that Maps meets apple standard expected by us the consumer.

 

If you had better things to do, you would not have provided comments, to a article, which is in your mind, is a waste of time.

 

oh really, you talked to millions of people who all told you that they share your opinion that the app is crap. 

 

your comments are just as much me,me, me, and hyperbolic exaggerations about the extent of the issue. Not to mention just the illogical facts that

 

1. you can still look at Google Maps on the web

2 there are dozens of other map apps you can use, many free

3. you are comparing a just released item with a service that has had close to 10 full years to develop, was utter crap when it started, and isn't even perfection now. for 3 years I've been sending them weekly bug reports about driving directions that tell folks to go the wrong way down a street that has been one way for a good 10 years and they still haven't fixed it

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I never had much luck with the built in Maps app because it sucked up too much bandwidth (causing me to breach my data limit several times) and was too slow. My understanding is that part of my problem had to do with the inefficient way maps were encoded (pixels?) I had a much better experience with a third party app and downloaded maps. Just wondering: does everyone else here consider the old built in Maps app to be the "best solution on the planet"? How did they handle the situations where the data signal was weak? Did they not desire turn by turn directions?

Totally agree. The google maps app was slow as shit.
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