I agree with A.K - the fact that Map had bad support for non US countries has nothing with local goverment regulations. It is just decision done by Apple without taking into consideration that Apple cartograhy is nt that developed as Google maps. They are using only part of the geo map sources, same as Google (which is visible by the same name mistakes) but covering only main cities and directions. It is a sad fact that Apple proves once again attitude of "who cares for rest of you that are not in our focus". At least to have option of using alternative maps. I did upgrade on my iPad, but I will not upgrade iPhone since I rely on maps. Or to invest in other solution. Big minus - Apple !Quote:
Originally Posted by A.K
If Apple was to invest everything they had into cartography, they would still not catch up to Google maps. Google has many years of data stored which can only be replicated with years of mapping. Apple has teamed up with the other mapping services, but as long as Google continues their aggressive mapping program, catching up is a matter of a lot of time and money. You will note that Google promotes their 'open' system, while making sure that they do not share their mapping data. I do not blame them for that, but most other mapping outfits do share their information.
As for government regulations, any mapping must be approved by the government of the country. Google has created issues in many countries which have led to increased regulations and scrutiny. They may also have arranged some exclusivity deals which keeps other mappers hobbled.
Apple worth over $700 billion don't like to share their spoils, is just not cool.
Some win, some lose. Google maps was a big let down for me because it would not do turn by turn on apple devices. I say dump it and get something that will. Apple had to make a calculated decision here, either let iOS lag behind while offering no built in nav (which exists on android) or risk pissing off some users while taking over this function themselves. In the end, it will work out, even though some will suffer as a result. This is the way of things, though. You can't let the old things block the future. If the lack of google maps is that big of a problem, one wonders why one is using an apple product anyway, as you get better google on android. And even on android, Navigon worked better for nav. SV is a nice feature but it never really impacted me to not have it, but Navigon added it to their feature set. Finally, many, many folks still use a dedicated nav device as they are a lot cheaper than most tablets that have 3G/4G. The map caching feature hasn't been around that long so before that you could even do nav without cellular with GM.
Apple's decision is about what's good for Apple. It might eventually deliver better mapping, but that's neither here nor there when people own and use their tablets now.
For future purchases, we'll all weigh bundles of features on devices that are on sale at that point.
Personally, I like the combo of standalone GPS devices, with Google maps and streetview as a complement, and I plan to keep using them. If Apple eventually catches up, I'll reconsider. That's why I won't upgrade my iPad or iPhone to iOS 6 unless forced to. I'll also be using my Samsung phablet for Google maps, and will more heavily consider Android tablets in future, in addition to the Android devices I've already bought.
Most of the major issues are more with Apple maps not having a program to make the data work well. Apple procured a lot of raw data from TomTom and other mapping groups. The problem is that they did not do a good job of taking the information and sorting it out properly. This can be fixed, and should have before it was sent to the public. However, without knowing the inner workings of Apple, a decision could have been made for reasons we are not aware of. It is future mappng that Apple has to decide what to do. Do we need two large groups driving around taking videos of streets and people. What is needed is a consortium that would do street level mapping and give it to all mapping services for a fee.
With Siri and now mapping, Apple seems to be lowering the bar on what it delivers to users.
That's what I now miss... The StreetView function of GoogleMaps. It was such a great tool to arrive some address and verify just which building I had to go to or I'd often preview the look of the street as I'd be driving along it should I have never been there before... I guess I'll be buying a cheap Android Tablet for that job now and installing it in my vehicle purely as a "mapper".... Sure, I guess Apple will come up with all kinds of extras to do wonderous things with their TomTom data but you know, I've owned and used TomToms as well but found Google Maps just had that EDGE from the colours and font to the aerial shot sharpness (resolution) over the TomTom so I soon found I was using my iPad or iPhone4 and the TomTom ended up in the glove compartment with the other junk...Quote:
Originally Posted by Seadog
Finally, it would seem to be crazy to have to "re-invent the wheel" and waste Worldly resources to have to go out and redo StreetView videoing or flyovers for better res images when it's already being managed and done WELL. There must be a better way and it may take Apple to work something out with Google. If it doesn't happen then what else will stop working on my iPad or iPhone4 that I so enjoy but will only serve to have me go to the Darkside and the little robot icon...