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RickAu Level 1 (5 points)



I have watched the Apple  presentation about Maps. It does NOT enable one to get the EXCELLENT google Street View  Maps does at the moment. This is so incredibley useful to view somewhere you are looking for before you arrive to help you find it. The flypast nowhere matches it. Whart do others think?



Apple Special Event, September 12, 2012

iMac (27-inch Late 2009), Mac OS X (10.6.2), MacBook Pro, iPhone 4S Air, iPad 2
  • Noble Seven Level 4 (2,730 points)

    Well, you aren't going to get the street view or other Google features, because Apple is no longer using Google Maps. But you probably knew that.


    The Apple map system is brand new, but it will undoubtedly evolve and become better over time. For now, it should still be able to get you from point A to point B, right?

  • G3gator Level 3 (570 points)

    I will wait until it comes out, then form a judgement as to whether Apple maps is a retrograde, progress or just different.

  • RickAu Level 1 (5 points)

    Yes the old Google maps got you to point B and had the Street View If I upgrade to IOS 6 I will lose the excellent google maps. Don't trying telling me Apple are going to send around vehicles to take all those photos google did!

  • Misty2 Level 1 (20 points)

    That's a fair question.  I've never used the street view on my 4, so I don't have an answer for that.  I do use the heck out of the Maps app on my 4, I never use my actual gps any more.  I'm looking forward to the turn-by-turn directions on the new Maps. 

  • Noble Seven Level 4 (2,730 points)

    I wasn't trying to. And I didn't say anything about Google Maps getting you to point B, I said that Apple Maps will be able to get you to point B. Which is all that really matters, right?

  • deggie Level 9 (52,667 points)

    The Maps app in the current iOS does not do turn-by-turn directions. The new one will and is using TomTom maps. I see the turn-by-turn as an improvement.


    I doubt Google had any thought of renewing their contract with Apple for the maps app. If you prefer it, along with Street View, take a look at one of the Android phones where that Apple also includes turn-by-turn directions.

  • RickAu Level 1 (5 points)

    No it's not. It matters that you can find what you are looking for and recognise it when you get there. Fine if you are in SFO where postal codes and address are accurate but in other parts of the world the zip code can cover a large area and using google maps street view helps tremendously since you can literally walk along the street

  • RickAu Level 1 (5 points)

    TomTom maps are way out of date compared to google I use tomtom and get the latets map updates and user comments so again a retrograde step by Apple

  • MLadd Level 3 (660 points)

    How about we wait until the phone ships before calling it retrograde, awright?

  • deggie Level 9 (52,667 points)

    I use the TomTom app. Unlike Google maps which you connect to online, TomTom updates their maps on a specified period. There is an advantage though, if you are driving in an area with no cell coverage you still have maps and GPS. The more up-to-date Google maps won't do you any good in that case. And with the current system you still don't have turn-by-turn.


    My understanding is with the new Maps app TomToms map database will be online so it will be updated on-the-fly the same as Google. Downside: won't be available without a data connection.


    Again, if you prefer Google look at one of the many Android phones. Or try the new Maps system on iOS 6. Apple's only other option was to have no Maps app at all.

  • G3gator Level 3 (570 points)

    Since we are critiquing a yet-to-be issued app, I would point out that Google is not without flaw. Several times, Google maps have taken me to a completely wrong and out-of-the-way destination. Perhaps, the new Apple maps will be no better, but Google is not perfect.


    And, as has been pointed out by others, there are trade-offs. If street view is a deal breaker, well, iOS6 is not for you.

  • RickAu Level 1 (5 points)

    that's what I am beginning to think since google street view is invaluable in seeing places prior to arrival. There's an opportunity here for a google street app for IOS 6


    Deggie I am NOT buying an Android phone, It was not Apples only option they could have struck a deal with google

  • deggie Level 9 (52,667 points)

    To strike a deal both sides have to be willing to do so. All of the contracts with Google for apps on the iPhone have expired (including YouTube) and all reports say Google showed no interest whatsover in continuing them. So how is Apple supposed to reach a deal?


    Google has released an YouTube app (complete with ads!) and they could, if they wish, release a maps app, either "free" with ads or for pay. Maybe they will, only time will tell.

  • RickAu Level 1 (5 points)

    I hope they do release one with Maps then I'll be able to upgrade to IOS 6. In the meantime I will not be. Thanks for your input

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