Originally Posted by ash471
What really happened was Apple partnered with Google and the partnership created good maps. It was all the data from the iPhone users that made Google Maps great. Maps on the desktop didn't allow Google to track the person following the directions. When Apple let Google put their maps on the iPhone and collect data, it changed everything. Everyone is forgetting how shitty Google Maps was 10 years ago. We liked it because it was the best we could get, but it wasn't anywhere near the quality Apple and Google Maps are today.
And then the bastards at Google wouldn't give Apple users turn by turn instructions. Apple and its users had every right to be pissed as hell.
Since you're relying on rumor then Apple should have allowed it to be branded as a Google product since the word was that Apple not agreeing was part of the problem along with sharing data gathered from it's use. As far as that user data goes, heck Apple's tracking their users and gathering it anyway and it's only going to get more obvious. Apple wouldn't have dumped Google to "protect Apple users from evil data mining".
So it was more brinkmanship than anything IMO. Google lost. Or they won. Or it's a wash. Who knows yet. The only thing obvious is that they aren't buds anymore and as usual in business it's more about the money than anything else.
Of course it was probably going to happen at some point anyway. Apple isn't known for long partnerships IMO. With Apple beginning their own map development with the purchase of Placebase and the formation of their "Geo Team" about 5 years ago the writing was already on the wall. The only real question was how soon was Google Maps being replaced not if.Edited by Gatorguy - 6/13/13 at 5:20am