Google Maps isn’t coming to the iPhone for at least another few months

by: ŠtefanSeptember 26, 2012

Apple released a new version of their mobile operating system last week. Dubbed iOS 6, it adds several features that aren’t really all that exciting, but what’s making the internet go insane and foam at the mouth is the fact that Apple decided to rip out Google Maps and replace it with their own in-house developed mapping solution. We’re sure you’ve heard about how laughable Apple’s maps are by now. Not only are they uglier than Google’s maps, more importantly Apple’s mapping data has incorrect and missing information.

Why did Apple dump Google? A lot has been said over the past few days, but now we have a better picture of what actually went down thanks to a report from The Verge. First, Google didn’t find out that Apple was going to stop using Google Maps until just a few months ago. Second, Apple was pressuring Google to charge less for their mapping data, but at the same time Google was pressuring Apple to make Maps on iOS a better application by including some of the features that Google Maps users with Android devices have been enjoying for years now. Third, and this is the big one, if you have friends or family that own any iOS devices, tell them that they’re going to have to wait a few months until they can get a native Google Maps application on their device.

Why should Google even bother working with Apple? That question gets asked a lot. We’d like to remind you that Apple is in the business of selling physical goods, whereas Google gets practically all their money from advertising. It’s in their best interest to have more people using their services, because that means they can push more ads. Forgetting about Android versus iOS for a second, these two companies keep the lights on using very different business models.

That can’t be stressed enough.

  • rsanchez1

    Complete 180 from when they introduced Siri.

  • Great article.

  • MoogleStiltzkin

    i agree. as much as apple pisses off google, google is very much a business entity, and will still do whats best for their business interests, by adding google maps support to ios :x or they will be losing out potential customers.

    There are still many people who opt for iphones for mysterious reasons >->;

  • MoogleStiltzkin

    Anyways, stefan it would be nice to clarify.

    “”We have not done anything yet,” Schmidt said, answering questions from journalists in Japan, according to Reuters.”

    “We’ve been talking with [Apple] for a long time. We talk to them every day,” he insisted.

    “We think it would have been better if they had kept ours. But what do I know? What were we going to do, force them not to change their mind? It’s their call.”

    “Apple is the exception, and the Android system is the common model, which is why our market share is so much higher.”

    Schmidt said that the success of Linux-powered Android smartphones has been overlooked by the media, which he said was “obsessed with Apple’s marketing events and Apple’s branding”.”That’s great for Apple, but the numbers are on our side,” he said.

    So are we 100% certain they are now sure they will be making google maps ios native ?

    • Stefan Constantinescu

      New York Times: “Google is developing a maps application for iPhone and iPad that it is seeking to finish by the end of the year, according to people involved with the effort who declined to be named because of the nature of their work.”

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      • MoogleStiltzkin

        Thx stefan for the clarification :} got a bit confused because of other outdated sources from elsewhere.