Also don't forget Apple's Maps retrieve a lot less data than Google Maps, since they don't actually have that data. Google Maps offers a lot more information.
iOS's version of Maps was very incomplete compared to Android's version. Most probably, Apple was not very happy with Google about that.
Won't adding a "on iOS" at the end help clarify things?
The article is comparing iOS Google Maps to iOS Apple Maps.
iOS Google Maps is not the same as the product Google Maps.
If you can't grasp the difference of those two, I'm sorry.
Well this is just stupidity at its finest.
A few extra POIs/streets would pale in comparison to the difference between vector and raster images.
Sure, with Apple maps I won't even find my hotel, but at least I'll do it five times more efficiently!
When I'm traveling internationally, and have roaming disabled, I use Google Maps in "Standard View" very cautiously - keenly aware of that $0.15/megabyte charge I'm racking up.
So, for those cities that do have decent road layouts, routing, and POI information - this actually is a nice little benefit.
Owner: Finest in the district!
Customer: (annoyed) Explain the logic underlying that conclusion, please.
Owner: Well, it's so clean, sir!
Customer: It's certainly uncontaminated by cheese....
Let's not detract away from the real problem here. Lets see if Apple Maps are as data efficient in 5 years when they catch up to half the level that Google Maps are currently at provided they work day and night to get to that stage.
Let's not detract from the real problem here: the lack of sea monsters and other mythical beasts in all smartphone mapping offerings (sure Google included them in their 8 bit maps, but they tried to pass that off as a joke).
Another thing to remember: with LTE larger maps wouldn't even take much longer to download.
There was never a Google Maps app on the iPhone, there was an Apple app powered by Google's data.
The correct way of stating this is that Apple's iOS6 maps app is more data efficient than previous versions. As for the main reason the current app is more efficient is that it relies on vector graphics instead of image tiles, a technique Google have been using on Android for nearly 2 years:
Another Android maps feature lets users select areas to cache offline, which I imagine saves even more data (it auto-caches frequented areas): http://google-latlong.blogspot.com/2012/06/go-offline-with-g...
That feature is also worth mentioning for when Apple duplicates it and some people try to convince themselves that it was Apple's idea.
And yes it is vector on Android which was rumored to be one of the reasons Apple even started on this whole maps adventure. Because Google wasn't willing to license the vector data to give Android a competitive advantage.
He is calm and pointing out a fact.
>Everyone is just calling it Google Maps out of simplicity.
No they aren't calling it Google Maps out of simplicity. Read the article:
"Apple Maps has been getting its share of negative attention since being released, but some new research shines a bright spot on the comparison between Apple’s and Google’s mapping apps."
"Results for the satellite view in Maps showed Apple’s app used about half of Google’s mapping application."
but after reading you point, as a laymen, I have no idea what to believe.
Many in the press keep omitting the fact that Android did it first, which I think is important in this climate where Apple is very litigious regarding this stuff and the press keeps touting their originality while simultaneously dismissing other innovators.
Also it could be because Apple feels the need to give every minute feature a name which is also a PR thing.
Oh, and none of the features I've mentioned are better executed on iOS.
It sounds like your motive is not to have an honest argument, but rather diss Apple/iOS and how they violate your worldview. This is not the forum to do that. Go to engadget or something.
You have heard of Palm, right ?
One of the good things about Apple is precisely what lot of people here are complaining about: they tell you what you can do with your phone and why it's neat. Samsung have been getting on board wih this of late, with their Apple mockery ads, where they actually advertise features to the general public.