This just in: Google Maps blows away Apple’s iOS 6 Maps

Back in 2007, Steve Jobs said that they can’t be everything and that they need to partner with people (Google) who are good at stuff. Unfortunately things changed, and five years later, Apple decided to go after Google with a new maps app as part of iOS 6. If you follow tech news, there’s no question you have stumbled upon an article or tweet about how lousy Apple’s new maps app is.

It’s surprising to see such a bad first attempt from Apple as they don’t normally operate this way. I’m sure they will get it right at some point, but for now we can just laugh at some of these examples, which are courtesy of Google + user Michael Salinger.

The first one (at the top) shows the Olympic Plaza in Calgary an entire block away and there’s a plaza train station that hasn’t existed in years. Hit the break for eight more fails.

Those are houses not Starbucks or BP

Here’s a Japanese plaza in Sao Paulo, Brazil

The University Hospital is depicted in Google Maps as the brown area.

Apple seems to think the hospital has shrunk.

Gothenberg seems to have vanished from Sweden

Here we have information on the Corktown Footbridge, but nothing it has access to.

That should be Carse Road

The name of the Florence Cathedral should be Santa Maria del Fiori not Santa Maria dei Fiori

The Buckingham Fountain in Chicago, Illinois seems to have bumpy water

Pretty funny, check out the tumblr link below to see a bunch more.

source: Google+ / Tumblr

About the Author: Robert Nazarian

Robert lives in upstate New York where he was born and raised. Technology was always his passion. His first computer was a Radio Shack TRS80 Color that used a cassette tape to save programs, and his first laptop was a Toshiba T1200FB that sported a CGA greyscale screen and two 720kb floppy drives (no hardrive). From the early 90’s through late 2011, he only owned Motorola phones starting with the MircroTAC all the way through to the Droid X. He broke that streak when he bought the Galaxy Nexus. Now he's sporting a Galaxy Note 4, and absolutely loves it. He has a wonderful wife and a 6 year old son. In his free time he enjoys sports, movies, TV, working out, and trying to keep up with the rapid fast world of technology.

  • Jim

    I actually agree with you 100%. Apple fu#%ed up big time on this. They should have just stuck with Google. Now, I hope Google puts Google maps on the iOS app store.

  • jeremy

    i hope Google does NOT make a google map app for ipnone. You chose to buy an iphone so live with it! Just like Google also should not have even made a YouTube app, but at least it shows that Google listens and they give a shit. Apple wants your money plain and simple. Apples a billion dollar company and sadly idiots are going to keep paying rediculous amounts of money for half ass products!!

    • Jim

      What a stupid comment by an immature little boy.

    • ari_free

      Google should develop for ios but ONLY on condition that Apple drops all the lawsuits against Android OEM’s.

      • Kary

        Apparently Apple users can still access Google Maps through browsers, so there’s not much to gain by not having a separate app.

        • ari_free

          Very clunky solution. Also note that you can’t make 3rd party apps into defaults. Really, just go with Android and you’ll have turn by turn nav with no worries.

          • Kary

            And traffic! ;-)

    • RTWright

      I happen to agree with you, I don’t think Google or any Android Affiliate should work with Apple at all. If everyone that helped Apple in this industry ditched them at contracts end, they would surely be left holding their own arses trying to figure out what they’re going to do to survive on their own. If they’re really that good? They’ll survive, granted, they’ll have to actually make USE of their billions of dollars, but that shouldn’t be a problem since they’re so good they’ll earn it all back tenfold later, right?

      I seriously doubt it, but hey, it’s how we’re lead to believe. They’re the best that ever was, has been or ever will be right? Well the lemmings of Apple would have you believe that, but I know better. Without the technological support they get for manufacturing their so called innovations, they’d be forced to actually build their own plants and do it themselves. Then they can actually claim once again they did something that THEY actually made 100% of. Hmmm, imagine that! Will never happen, because that costs more money than they want to spend.

      They may design their screens, but they do not make them. They don’t make a good 70% of the hardware used in their own computers, if any at all. They design it, have it made elsewhere and put their logo and name on it like everyone else does. Oh well, this Map thing is proof they don’t have what it takes, good luck with that PoS!

  • Droidfan

    For Google, access to the information from Map access is invaluable. So an iPhone Google Maps is inevitable. What is going to happen may give Google a golden opportunity. Under the old contract….I am sure Google agreed to share that info with Apple. As an app, Google doesn’t have to share any of it. Now Apple isn’t going to approve the app unless they get some of the action. But with their ASS hanging out big time with Maps for iOS 6….Google is in the driver’s seat.

  • Kary

    Reportedly Google is already working on, or has even submitted a Google Maps app for the new Apple OS. I’m pretty sure though that like before it won’t offer navigation functionality.

    Speaking of navigation, am I correct in assuming the Apple turn by turn feature does not offer traffic information? If so, that makes it a rather second rate product, but I’ve yet to see that mentioned in any article comparing the two products.

    • ari_free

      They can’t even do the basics right and they think they’ll be able to process tons of data in realtime? I think they should stick to making shiny phones and photoshopped icons.

  • Henry

    The cathedral in Florence is actually Santa Maria del Fiore





  • Steve

    This just in: Google maps has been around for a very long time whereas Apple’s maps is in its first generation (and in BATA). Your comparison is inaccurate. Compare google’s first generation maps to Apples maps, then it would be fair.

    Also, Google Maps on iOS is next to useless. So, apple had to replace it. This article does nothing more than give the author a biased impression.