Apple Maps vs Google Maps - smartphone mapping titans battle it out in 2020

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Apple Maps and Google Maps have both recently undergone major updates. AppleInsider takes a look at both, and examines which changes might shift which platform you want to use.

Apple Maps vs Google Maps
Apple Maps vs Google Maps


Google Maps has been the go-to king of online mapping since its launch in 2005. It started out just offering an easy way to get directions from one place to another, and has slowly evolved into an interactive global database overflowing with information. Now, it's less a mapping app and more of a sharing and data collection network.

Apple Maps launched in 2012 with a lot of noise. That noise was mostly complaints about inaccuracy and poor directions.

In the past eight years, Apple has rebuilt the entire service from the ground up -- which was thought an impossible task given its launch. As of 2015, Apple Maps became the most used navigation app on iOS. This occurred because it was the default map app on iOS -- but as Apple continues improving its maps app, users might be there by choice.

Apple Maps

At its launch, Apple Maps saw many issues with rendering and navigation intelligence. It was mostly blamed on them trying to combine too many resources into one mapping app. What got Google Maps where it is today is its vast amount of data its gathered from its own sources, which Apple just did not have in 2012. After a few redesigns and a lot of behind the scenes work, Apple finally unveiled their new Maps app running entirely on first party sourced data.

We have come a long way from this disastrous launch of Apple Maps
We have come a long way from this disastrous launch of Apple Maps

New Maps

Over the past few years, mapping vans have been driving around the continent with giant radar equipment and Apple employees have been wandering the streets with additional radar strapped to their backs. This resulted in the United States getting a new and much improved maps database. While some locations still require more data for things like the new "Look Around" mode, very similar to Google Street View, all locations have the latest mapping data from Apple now.

Apple Maps presents its data in a clean, easy to read format, which is designed to show only what is needed on the screen for what the user is doing at that moment. A lot of smart tweaks to the interface allow for you to pan around an area and have interesting interactions and data present itself.

For example, if you hover over an indoor mall thats been mapped by Apple, a new interface will show up offering for you to browse the location. This new interaction shows up for a variety of local areas, but has not populated for every mall or indoor business.

Apple Maps (top) shows all the relevant data for this mall, and is more dense than Google Maps while being readable
Apple Maps (top) shows all the relevant data for this mall, and is more dense than Google Maps while being readable


One design standpoint of Apple Maps is its 3D presentation. As you pan around an area, if you've zoomed in close enough, the outlines and shapes of buildings will render in 3D in real time. Even statues and unique buildings render in this way, and from my exploration of my very quiet hometown in Tennessee, they've done this down to the smallest dwellings.

Enable satellite mode in Apple Maps, and more population dense regions like New York or San Francisco will have the satellite imagery overly the 3D models. This is very similar to how Google Earth attempts satellite rendering, but this mode is built into Apple Maps, and allows for features like 3D tours of cities.

Another unique design feature is how Apple handles labels and landmarks. Any famous tourist attraction or landmark has a unique 2D icon to represent its location. This make navigating somewhere like New York a breeze, since from a broad overview you can easily spot all the landmarks juxtaposed over the landscape. This is opposed to Google using a generic star marking a unique location.

Google Maps shows every bit of data it can squeeze onto the screen, Apple Maps takes a more subtle approach
Google Maps shows every bit of data it can squeeze onto the screen, Apple Maps takes a more subtle approach

Software Features

Apple Maps is also a good iOS citizen, for obvious reasons, but in ways Google could benefit if they ever bothered implementing the features. Dark mode works based on system settings, even when not actively navigating, unless in CarPlay, which relies on the cars own ambient light settings. Siri is fully featured and works well with basic navigation commands and specific locations like "my Mom's house" or "my friend Jeff's." Maps is also used across the OS, like in Apple Photos for location history.

The latest features in Apple Maps are simple, and most come from the new data provided by Apple's updates. You'll now see stop signs and red lights as you drive, and walking directions will take you to the entrance of a building rather than just a street corner. Look Around let's you see an area from the street, but in a very smooth dreamlike way, and navigation is with a simple tap. When in look around you can move around the street in a granular fashion, and run into invisible walls with haptic feedback, much like a video game.

Collections are a part of the iOS 13 maps update, which allow users to make lists of locations and sort or share them. This is a feature that can be difficult to find a use for, but has come in handy over time. For instance, I was house hunting and was able to make a Collection of everywhere I wanted to check out, sort it by distance, add custom names, then share it with a friend. I have also made lists of favorite local restaurants, perfect for sharing with a friend new to the area.

Apple Photos using Apple Maps to express location metadata (left) and Collections showing favorite places to eat (right)
Apple Photos using Apple Maps to express location metadata (left) and Collections showing favorite places to eat (right)


One last feature that is one of those hidden iOS gems that Apple should spend more time discussing; Apple Maps and Siri Intelligence. Basically, because of how iOS uses machine learning to connect data points across all the built in apps, users can benefit greatly from having a well maintained local database. Contacts, Maps, and Photos all work together in the background to create a shared information experience that is mostly invisible to the user until a request for that information is made.

For example, you have a contact for your friend, and you've done the work to save their home address to the contact card. In Maps, this person will show up as a location you can navigate to when searching. In photos you can label faces using existing names in contacts as a preset, and when you do this, you've tied a stack of photos to a contact card, which has a home address. When Siri generates a new photos memory of that person or location, it will be a memory populated with their name; some thing like "Jeff's Home over the years."

That is just one example of how iOS and machine learning ties all of your data together without storing it in a cloud or using it for advertising revenue. Which leads us to privacy and Apple Maps. The above example is a result of data provided by the user across several system apps meeting in a fashion useful to the user by creating a memory based on a person and location. All done privately and on device, which is not how Google handles similar features on iOS.

Google prioritized navigation data like highways where Apple prioritized readability at scale
Google prioritized navigation data like highways where Apple prioritized readability at scale

Privacy and Data Collection

In addition to this use of machine learning, Apple Maps also maintains user privacy when searching and navigating the Maps app itself. When a user navigates from point A to B, Apple will generate live navigation by sending the request to the server utilizing a random identifier. When this is done, the server does not receive a request for A to B, its given multiple requests across multiple identifiers, masking the original request behind different start and stop points. This is all invisible to the user, but privacy is maintained and Apple has no ability to assign significance to the users query.

Users do amass a large amount of location data and history when using such features, but its kept in a local history for your on device Siri to learn from as you use your device. If you want to erase this history and reset your identifier manually, you can do so at any time in settings->general->reset->"reset location and privacy."

Data Sources and Reporting Issues

Apple Maps is great at navigation and presenting user data, but its also full of other information as well. Apple has long used Yelp, Wikipedia, local business data, and road and safety data to add to the Maps experience. When looking at a location, most of the business information, photos, and reviews all come from Yelp. You can also see if a location accepts Apple Pay, takes reservations via Open Table, or has a connection to iMessage Business Chat from the top menu. Scroll to the bottom and you'll see options to add a location to a contact, which will personalize the data for Siri and other system uses, or notify Apple of incorrect data.

When reporting an issue, a new UI pops up with all of the data fields already in use by a location. From here you can change where the map pins the location, change the name and address, update business hours, indicate a closure, add photos to support your claim, and a way to describe more detail at the bottom. This sends an email directly to the Maps team, and is addressed in some time after sending. My experience using this feature has varied, but has generally been within two weeks to a month for a full fix on an issue, and that was before the update.

As you can see, Apple Maps is dense with features and data that can help a user across many needs, and even in other apps on their device. Apple takes a strong stance on privacy and provides all of this data and tools without compromising the user. It is a built in app that most will default to out of convenience, but its latest updates show quite the strong platform that should not leave users wanting.

Google Maps

Google Maps started as the only navigation option on iOS for iPhone. For years it lived on every Apple device as one of the few non-Apple apps pre-installed on the phone. As Apple sought to separate itself from Google, their relationship ended in 2012 with the launch of Apple Maps. A short time later, after the poorly received Apple Maps fell flat, Google Maps returned to the App Store and took hold as the go to for third party navigation.

New Update

Google has ushered in its 15th anniversary with some UI tweaks and new features to its map app. The mapping data is consistently updated by Google and its sources, so this isn't quite the same overhaul we saw with Apple, but rather a re-emphasis on social and data sourced features with a new navigation bar. The previous tabs were simply explore, commute, and for you. We now have five tabs: explore, commute, saved, contribute, and updates.

Google's new tabs provide a new way to view the same information
Google's new tabs provide a new way to view the same information


Explore stayed relatively the same with its editorialized content surrounding attractions in an area. From here you can see events generated by users and businesses, and in more populous areas, Google editors themselves will collect content for easy navigation. A lot of data is algorithmically generated based on user interaction, how long people spend time at locations, and general ratings and reviews.

Commute works the same as before, and just like before, you can't remove it even if you work from home. It is a forever button that will never help me with anything and just exists on my toolbar. For people who do not work from home, you can configure it to show you the best route to work and even consider best transit times. In this features settings you can let Google know if you ride a bike, walk, take a bus, or even ride a motorcycle and the directions will change based on your preference.

The remaining tabs come from splitting up the for you tab into parts. Saved works just like Apples Collections, but with the usual Google additions of social networking and personal data. From here you can see your favorite and followed locations, and in case you are wondering, following a location lets you see business updates in a timeline within the saved tab. For some reason you can again see the same data shown in the commute tab represented as Home and Work in a label category, which I still don't know how to get more data in this tab.

Contribute is exactly what you think; user added information, photos, and updates about a location. This shows you content you've generated, and gives you the ability to edit or add more. If you'd like to add a new business or write a review about one you know, this is a dedicated tab just for that. You can also utilize this tab to edit incorrect or missing information using a built in tool that walks you through updates.

Updates shows you information about businesses around you and those you follow in an algorithmically generated timeline. This timeline is also added to by local news and influencers who write about locations. Another tab shows you all business chats you have started via Google.

Software Features

Beyond the new tabs is the same old Google Maps experience, with a few new welcome adjustments. New information included in Google Maps when looking up transit information include: temperature of the transport, accessibility features, women's sectioning if regions require, if security is onboard, and number of carriages available in Japan.

Google Maps shows walkways better, while Apple Maps iconography and colors make each location distinct
Google Maps shows walkways better, while Apple Maps iconography and colors make each location distinct


In addition to new transit data, Google finally released their new AR navigation system for walking. Now when using walking directions, you can pan your phone about and get Augmented Reality markers and information to display over the real world. This will show you the exact location to walk to, and how far it is via arrows painted in the real world. You are of course looking at this through your phone display, so it is not going to work well while moving, and should not be used while walking anyway.

You can also make use of the greater Google ecosystem to provide data to Google Maps, kind of like how I explained with Apple Maps, Contacts, and Photos before. The difference here is, instead of on device and private learning, you have to be deeply invested in Google's ecosystem. If you use Google Contacts, Google Maps, and Google Photos, you can get a similar set of ML generated photo galleries, but only if the data is in Google servers.

Google Maps has rightfully been lauded as the best navigation app on the market for years. They have 15 years of experience and data to back up their system, and even own systems like Waze, which contributes even more traffic data sourced from drivers using the app. Accuracy was always Google's claim to fame for maps, but as Apple gets more vehicles and users on the road, that is quickly becoming less of an issue for its competitor.

In order to differentiate itself, Google Maps has evolved from the navigation app it started as and has moved into a full on service encompassing a social network, news and events, reservations and business interactions, and tourist information and city guides. As Google has done with many of its other services, Google Maps has become an all encompassing one stop shop for users hoping to get data about a location.

Privacy and Data Collection

Google's entire ecosystem is built on one single concept: data collection. Search, maps, voice assistants, and self driving cars all rely on mountains of data. That means user data is one of the most valuable things they have, and is protected fiercely in their servers, at least until its not. Google does not sell personal information directly, but they build data sets based on their users and utilize that data for ad space sales.

This means you are Google's most valuable product, for your data is their entire basis for revenue.

Google Maps uses data from other users to show crowdedness and busy hours
Google Maps uses data from other users to show crowdedness and busy hours


Google Maps is a treasure trove for user data, and provides some of the most sensitive data available for advertisers. Where you go, how long you are there, what you buy, how you feel about a business, what transit you use, and who you are with are all known by Google and stored on their servers for data algorithms. Google uses differential privacy to prevent advertisers from learning about you directly, but it has been proven that with some data sets, it is easy to pinpoint who some people are anyway.

Android devices have some local computing systems to attempt to keep some data on device, but iOS does not have that privilege and all app communications are done via a Google server. Some settings can be changed by the user to limit data collection, and even a new incognito mode for Google Maps exists, but you cannot eliminate this tracking entirely without deleting the app altogether.

Google does let you download maps for offline use, which is another privacy loophole for users.

Maps compared

Apple Maps and Google Maps are both mature navigation apps in their category and are the top used mapping platforms in the world. Each have their own benefits and uses may vary from person to person. Majority of iOS users just use what is already installed on their iPhone, and many install Google Maps out of habit or preference. Stripped to the barebones needs of a navigation app, both services will get you to where you need to go without issue, but design and philosophy will drive you to one or the other.

While more dense, Google Maps (bottom) somehow has less to show. The Vessel may as well not exist.
While more dense, Google Maps (bottom) somehow has less to show. The Vessel may as well not exist.

Google

Google has a shoot from the hip style of presentation. They give you every ounce of data that can fit on a screen in a single frame possible. While this means a user might find what they are looking for faster, this also means a user can be inundated with choice or find sifting through the data and menus daunting.

Tapping on the restaurants section in New York gave very different experiences, one readable, one not
Tapping on the restaurants section in New York gave very different experiences, one readable, one not


For a company that is known for consumer choice and customization, it is baffling how little of the Google Maps experience can be adjusted by the user. I will have the same five tab interface as every other user, regardless of if I have a commute to work or care about regional data updates. I cannot choose when to see day and night mode while navigating the app, and it will not respect iOS settings.

Many features present themselves behind a toggle to give Google more data, leaving some areas of the app completely barren without it.

Ads frequent my Google Maps searches -- I searched for a sandwich place and was shown Mexican food as a top result due to ad placement. While it was obviously an ad and clearly labeled, it pulled me out of the experience and left me irritated at the result.

That all being said, Google Maps does offer a user, especially ones who don't mind donating all of their data, a rich experience filled with data and all the information you could ask for about a place or event.

Apple

While Apple Maps has not (perhaps just not yet) pushed into social networking or restaurant reviews, it still has a wealth of data for users to get to where they need to go. At its foundation Apple Maps is a navigation service that will present you with a user friendly map that only shows what data it needs to at the moment. Interacting with Apple Maps is clean, private, and simple and lacks all of the bells and whistles of Google Maps, but in a good way.

Finding out what business is open or how to get to Grandma's house should be an easy process without the need to feel invaded upon by data siphons and ads, and that is just how Apple presents their map solution.

Apple Maps is proprietary and only exists on Apple devices and the web. Services like DuckDuckGo have implemented their maps due to privacy stances and ease of use as well. Being a default Apple app, Maps exists across the OS and adheres to all the user interface rules set out by Apple themself, which makes the experience all the more straightforward and simple.

Apple Maps versus Google Maps in 2020

Apple and Google have both developed their respective map applications into full maturity while choosing different directions to go. Users who live in the Google software ecosystem will see benefit to using Google maps as their services intertwine more on that side of things. Apple users, and especially the privacy conscious will stick to Apple Maps for its system integration and simplicity.

Feature for feature, these two applications are very close, with Google coming out on top in volume of data for obvious reasons. Previously there wasn't much need to decide, because Google Maps simply couldn't be matched, but now there is no clear winner. It is impossible to cover every nuance and feature of these two huge platforms, but the high-level notes and changes tell us a clear story.

Apple users can choose either. Android users are effectively stuck with Google Maps. As it is with Android vs iOS, this will end with user preference and choice, and that is a good thing.
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  • Reply 1 of 67
    gatorguygatorguy Posts: 23,301member
    "Google does not sell personal information..." 
    "Google uses differential privacy to prevent advertisers from learning about you..."
    "settings can be changed by the user to limit data collection..."
    "a new incognito mode for Google Maps exists."

    Love seeing the AI editor clarifying this for those who still seem so confused by it here on AppleInsider. Get out ahead of some who incessantly post misinformation and outright FUD. Well done. 

    Now everyone get back to using the map service you find most useful or convenient whether from Apple or Google or TomTom or ... :)
    edited February 2020 muthuk_vanalingamphilboogieuraharadasanman69
  • Reply 2 of 67
    I need to revisit Apple Maps and give it another shot. Does it now do lane assist? Also, can you report things like accidents, lane closures, speed traps etc.?
    lolliverphilboogiedavencornchipwatto_cobra
  • Reply 3 of 67
    Google maps is still better, shows stores and restaurants along with reviews like yelp. Much better than apple. 
    dws-2philboogiechemengin1
  • Reply 4 of 67
    Wesley HilliardWesley Hilliard Posts: 32member, moderator, editor
    bulk001 said:
    I need to revisit Apple Maps and give it another shot. Does it now do lane assist? Also, can you report things like accidents, lane closures, speed traps etc.?
    Apple Maps does have lane assist. Since Apple designs their systems to be more hands off, you cannot report accidents and such like Waze. Navigation does acknowledge things like construction, wrecks, and slow downs utilizing grouped navigation data and traffic reports. You can also see speed limit signs when navigating.
    lolliverredgeminipachabigcornchipStrangeDayswatto_cobra
  • Reply 5 of 67
    One thing that I think is worthwhile noting is that Apple in 8 years is at the same level than Google at 15 years. But many will call me an Apple fan. I just see that Apple can revert mistakes very soon.

    On the other hand, I think that it would be worthwhile a review of Google Maps evolution.
    As far as I remember, by 2007 Steve said that Apple took the data and developed the “Google’s Map app.’
    How was Google Maps UI before the iPhone's app and after the separation?
    (We know Google's Android was mocking Blackberry before Apple's iPhone and then —oh, surprise— chanced to mock up iOS!)
    lolliverStrangeDayswatto_cobra
  • Reply 6 of 67
    This article is overlooking some very serious issues with hardware lock-in.

    If you want maps or directions on your Apple Watch or AirPods, it has to be Apple Maps. These use private APIs in a way that is arguably anticompetitive. 

    Meanwhile, if you want directions for bicycling that won’t get you killed, you’re stuck with Google Maps. Apple will either send you the wrong way up one-way streets if you pretend to be a pedestrian, or up freeways if you pretend to be a car. 
    caladanianmariowincophilboogie
  • Reply 7 of 67
    Eric_WVGG said:
    This article is overlooking some very serious issues with hardware lock-in.

    If you want maps or directions on your Apple Watch or AirPods, it has to be Apple Maps. These use private APIs in a way that is arguably anticompetitive. 

    Meanwhile, if you want directions for bicycling that won’t get you killed, you’re stuck with Google Maps. Apple will either send you the wrong way up one-way streets if you pretend to be a pedestrian, or up freeways if you pretend to be a car. 
    Not sure about this... Google used to provide this on the Apple Watch and they chose to remove support...  and if you have an iPhone why wouldn’t you want an Apple Watch? If you have an android get one of the 321 watch options (or the 8 left that are actually supported).  Not buying the “Hardware lock-In” really... at least not as a serious issue anyway. 

    While I don’t ride a bike, so cannot comment on such, I can say that I’ve been won over by Apple Maps as of late.  I find the overall data more accurate... and I’m tired of Google/Waze taking me down every damn back alley or parking lot to shave off an extra 10 seconds.  

    Apple Maps can easily become the daily driver for any iPhone user.  It actually is better in a few ways...  when I travel I often compare the two out of curiosity... mainly to find restaurants:) 

    For me, Apple Maps even gets lane closures and traffic before/more accurately than Google from time to time... Google is still great don’t get me wrong... I’ve just found the simplicity of Apple Maps to be my preference.  Kinda like I use Google/Chrome to do a web search over the “Google App”... because, I just want it to do what I want. 
    lollivercornchipStrangeDayswatto_cobra
  • Reply 8 of 67
    Apple just added transit directions throughout Germany, France, and Spain.
    cornchipwatto_cobra
  • Reply 9 of 67

    Google does let you download maps for offline use, which is another privacy loophole for users.
    I'm a little confused by this - how does downloading a map for offline use reveal personal information?
    chemengin1
  • Reply 10 of 67

    Google does let you download maps for offline use, which is another privacy loophole for users.
    I'm a little confused by this - how does downloading a map for offline use reveal personal information?
    I believe they mean you can download maps and map areas, and not allow the app to track you.  So you can use the data as needed without privacy concerns around what you’re looking at. 
    Beats
  • Reply 11 of 67
    dws-2dws-2 Posts: 273member
    I'm glad that Apple is improving, and I think some day they might get there, but every time I try using Apple Maps, something is wrong. The store is about half a block away on a good trip, several miles away on a bad trip. I would vastly prefer to use Apple Maps for the privacy, and I could live with the lower detail and a couple months out of date information, but it leads me to the wrong place way too often, even a couple years after the restaurant or business opened. This is in Minneapolis, MN, which would seem to be a big enough city to have some accuracy.
    edited February 2020 mariowincophilboogiechemengin1
  • Reply 12 of 67
    if you want to read a more nuanced and useful report on the state of google and apple maps in the usa...

    https://www.justinobeirne.com/new-apple-maps-continental-united-states

    this guy is really into studying such things in details. i ended up reading more of his articles they were so interesting.

    thanks to daring fireball for the link.
    pscooter63watto_cobra
  • Reply 13 of 67
    jingojingo Posts: 106member
    One way of using a mapping app that is totally rubbish on Apple Maps is “co-driver” mode. It’s almost as if it never occurred to them that someone sitting in the passenger seat might want to use an iPad as an illuminated map that shows you exactly where you are and the choice of routes to your destination.

    in Apple Maps when you ask it to show a route you end up with a vast “sidebar” that obscures a large proportion of the map that can’t be hidden except by closing it when you lose the routes. If you choose to start the route you are thrown into sat-nav mode with spoken directions and the map keeps scrolling to show you where you are which is useless for giving directions to a driver.

    Google Maps is much better for this and as a result is my total go-to for this use. I try Apple Maps every now and then to see if they have fixed this but am always disappointed. Why don’t developers think about the different ways people might want or need to use their products rather than just trying to force everyone down the same path?

    One other point is that some of the really useful information like road numbers or junction numbers is rendered much too small to be able to read easily. Why isn’t there at least an option to make this vital information larger and easier to read.

    Great that Apple Maps is getting better, but without these enhancements it’s still a failure to me.
    philboogie
  • Reply 14 of 67
    BeatsBeats Posts: 2,637member
    gatorguy said:
    "Google does not sell personal information..." 
    "Google uses differential privacy to prevent advertisers from learning about you..."
    "settings can be changed by the user to limit data collection..."
    "a new incognito mode for Google Maps exists."

    Love seeing the AI editor clarifying this for those who still seem so confused by it here on AppleInsider. Get out ahead of some who incessantly post misinformation and outright FUD. Well done. 

    Now everyone get back to using the map service you find most useful or convenient whether from Apple or Google or TomTom or ... :)

    Every year a new lie by Google gets exposed. You may trust them but we do not.
    pscooter63cornchipStrangeDayswatto_cobra
  • Reply 15 of 67
    Wesley HilliardWesley Hilliard Posts: 32member, moderator, editor
    if you want to read a more nuanced and useful report on the state of google and apple maps in the usa...

    https://www.justinobeirne.com/new-apple-maps-continental-united-states

    this guy is really into studying such things in details. i ended up reading more of his articles they were so interesting.

    thanks to daring fireball for the link.
    This guy is great and I’ve read many of his map updates. But he has yet to give a detailed comparison of the new Apple Maps and Google Maps. And our take focused more on interface guidelines, data visibility, and user privacy rather than comparing cartography.

    Plenty of room on the internet for both types of coverage. :smile: 
    edited February 2020 cy_starkmanfotoformatjony0
  • Reply 16 of 67
    Guiding for bikes is totally missing in Apple maps. Many special or small locations are missing as well in comparison. 
    philboogie
  • Reply 17 of 67
    Battle all you want I will NOT use Apple Maps EVER !
  • Reply 18 of 67
    Mike WuertheleMike Wuerthele Posts: 6,316administrator
    Eric_WVGG said:
    This article is overlooking some very serious issues with hardware lock-in.

    If you want maps or directions on your Apple Watch or AirPods, it has to be Apple Maps. These use private APIs in a way that is arguably anticompetitive. 

    Meanwhile, if you want directions for bicycling that won’t get you killed, you’re stuck with Google Maps. Apple will either send you the wrong way up one-way streets if you pretend to be a pedestrian, or up freeways if you pretend to be a car. 
    Re, hardware lock-in, FTA: "Apple users can choose either. Android users are effectively stuck with Google Maps. "
    coolfactordbaker0926pscooter63crossladStrangeDays
  • Reply 19 of 67
    Mike WuertheleMike Wuerthele Posts: 6,316administrator

    creek0512 said:
    Apple just added transit directions throughout Germany, France, and Spain.
    Yup, we covered that today too.
    dbaker0926
  • Reply 20 of 67
    if you want to read a more nuanced and useful report on the state of google and apple maps in the usa...

    https://www.justinobeirne.com/new-apple-maps-continental-united-states

    this guy is really into studying such things in details. i ended up reading more of his articles they were so interesting.

    thanks to daring fireball for the link.
    This guy is great and I’ve read many of his map updates. But he has yet to give a detailed comparison of the new Apple Maps and Google Maps. And our take focused more on interface guidelines, data visibility, and user privacy rather than comparing cartography.

    Plenty of room on the internet for both types of coverage. :smile: 
    both reports are detailed and different. his is more to do with map quality, AI’s more to do with interface.

    i would say that over his last few reports as apple has rolled out its new map system that he has covered them in comparison quite thoroughly.

    the proof is in that i read both in detail and learned different things from both. thankfully there is still detailed reporting out there.
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