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Mapping is a growing part of the iOS SDK, I can understand Apple not wanting to be dependent on Google for that, particularly after Google started demanding significantly increased fees for Google Maps API usage:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/20/technology/many-sites-char...

Google walked back some of the worst effects of the changes:

http://googlegeodevelopers.blogspot.ca/2012/06/lower-pricing...

but by then the damage had been done in terms of Apple's (and developers') perception of the Google API.




That's the Javascript Maps API, first, and it only applies if you don't have an enterprise agreement anyways. You don't think Apple had a contract for mapping data independent of Google's pricing of their web API?

(for developers, AFAIK there has been no cost for using Map Kit in iOS or a MapView in Android)

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