Originally Posted by SolipsismX
Originally Posted by anonymouse
So, exactly how big is Google's advantage? Quantify it. Globally. Otherwise, all we have are anecdotal tales about this and that. If one is going to claim that Google's maps are "so much better", I think one ought to quantify "so much". Otherwise, how do we know "so much" isn't "a little" or even "sometimes better, sometimes worse, depending on the data one looks at"?
Do you think Mac OS X is better than Windows? If so, then quantify it? See how stupid that request is? I can judge better and worse between two things without having to generate an spreadsheet that shows the exact quantity of its difference.
You want some quantification? Based on a scale from 0 to 1:
Has a street level view: Google = 1, Apple = 0
Has web presence: Google = 1, Apple = 0
There you go: 2 to 0.
Let's reverse the scenario. Lets say that Apple has had the mapping for years and Google has recently gotten into it just last week replaced their Android Maps app using the Apple Maps back-end with their own. Now lets say that you see that when you share a link it will still open up in Apple Maps on the web because Google has no web presence for their maps. Are you going to say that you'd not call out Google for still relying on Apple and not point out that Google's mapping simple isn't a complete? Of course you would!
Interesting... Apple does have a limited web presence for maps with Find My Phone on the iCloud site. Both the beta iCloud and normal iCloud use Google as a backend for Find My Phone. The Find My Phone app on iOS 6 uses TomTom as a backend.
In my experience, the iDevice (TomTom) version is better than the web (Google) version. I didn't notice [the backend] at the time, but I tracked my granddaughter's recent trips to Vancouver BC and Chicago using iOS 6 MAps on my iPad -- it was quite good!
I did drop back to iOS 5 running on an iPad 1 to capture a few street views :) Though now, I'd use the Street Viewer app on iOS 6.
What this signifies to me, is that Apple has a plan to replace all its external mapping backends with what they use in iOS Maps 6. As that matures, it should be a a relatively easy process to switch backends when the time is appropriate. Then Apple could open up a maps.apple.com web site to the general public...
Likely, it would be most used for:
- sharing maps with non-apple mobile devices
- a 3D alternative to Google Earth or Nokia Maps on computers or mobile devices
- to flesh out, refine and correct Apple Mapping Services