Are Google Maps and the Apple iPhone breaking up?

Are Google Maps and the Apple iPhone breaking up?

Summary: It's looking like Apple iOS 5 may ditch Google Maps in favor of an in-house mapping solution, if an oddity in the mobile operating system's legal disclaimers is any indication.

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It's looking like Apple iOS 5 may ditch Google Maps in favor of an in-house mapping solution, if an oddity in the mobile operating system's legal disclaimers uncovered by Macrumors is any indication.

Reading the fine print in queston, it appears that there's a new section called "Map Data," which lists licenses from mapping companies CoreLogic, Getchee, Increment P Corp, Localeze, MapData Sciences Pty Ltd., DMTI, TomTom, Urban Mapping, and Waze. Between all of those services, Apple has enough map and local business data to make a decent showing of matching Google Maps feature-for-feature on the iPhone and iPad.

The hypothetical new Apple map app (say that ten times fast) may even go a step beyond: Urban Mapping provides information like demographics and crime statistics on map overlays, and Waze uses crowd-sourced data for traffic data.

Until any form of official announcement is made, this belongs purely in the realm of speculation. But it wouldn't come as a complete surprise, with Apple's acquisition of Poly9 last year forcing us to ask the exact same question. In fact, earlier this year, Apple was recruiting developers to work on iOS maps.

Of course, as Macrumors notes, this could just be preemptive: Google has recently renewed its agreement with Apple, so iOS 5 may well ship with Google Maps. But we're highly doubtful that this is where this story ends, and I'm very curious to see what happens when Apple and Google are no longer on such good terms.

Topics: iPhone, Apple, Google, Hardware, Mobility, Smartphones

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  • RE: Are Google Maps and the Apple iPhone breaking up?

    The dev release of iOS5 ships with Google Maps and Apple touts the new multiple routes feature in its list of improvements. Doesn't sound like a break-up to me
    artywah1
    • iOS Needs Google Maps

      @artywah@... Google Maps is so powerful. http://goo.gl/iJ5Pt
      Kangaruhs
    • Apple might release its own mapping service with iOS 5.1 or make choice for

      @artywah@... ... users available, setting either own or Google's map as default option.
      DDERSSS
  • RE: Are Google Maps and the Apple iPhone breaking up?

    I don't care.
    james347
    • RE: Are Google Maps and the Apple iPhone breaking up?

      @james347 Then why comment on it troll?
      athynz
      • RE: Are Google Maps and the Apple iPhone breaking up?

        Oh man me neither!
        googleisevil69
  • RE: Are Google Maps and the Apple iPhone breaking up?

    Actually, Google Maps owes some of their data and mapping to Tom Tom, so if anything Apple isn't really breaking up with Google so much as they're going straight to the source for mapping data, traffic, etc... I have iOS 5 running right now and it's got Google Maps on it, but none of the aforementioned awesome features exist on it yet (except traffic data, which is nice.)
    Courbs
  • kind of inevitable

    As google move themselves towards becoming an operating system the more they move into the camp of competitor to the likes of Apple and Microsoft. Will either of those companies want to become more deeply integrated with a tool put out by a competitor - rather like a Bing app for the iphone. I am one of those people who believe that companies should stick with what they are best at.
    cymru999
    • RE: Are Google Maps and the Apple iPhone breaking up?

      @cymru999

      Agreed, if you look at all the things Google has done. Outside of search, they haven't been successful at anything. Android is where it is today because there are no alternatives for the handset makers when iOS came to light. Android's true goal is for Google is have a presence in people's lives without being restrictions.

      It's the same reason why Youtube and Google services are free.
      vision33r
      • Haven't been successful?!

        @vision33r
        Google's successes: Gmail, Calendar, Google Apps/Docs, Picasa, YouTube, Maps, Advertising, Chrome, Android, Reader, News, and many more that are not "mainstream" but work quite well. Not to mention their investments in cheap energy, in future car technology, in innovative server designs, etc.

        Google will go down in history as one of the most daring and successful companies to have ever come along.
        Kangaruhs
      • RE: Are Google Maps and the Apple iPhone breaking up?

        @vision33r
        There were several mobile operating systems available for handset manufacturers when the iPhone arrived, including Windows Mobile which most manufacturers already were using.

        The difference between Android and all those other operating systems (which is still true to this day), is that people buy Android phones.
        Theli
      • RE: Are Google Maps and the Apple iPhone breaking up?

        @ Theli
        Yeah, too bad no one bought iPhones. It would have been nice to see what Apple did with a hypothetical second model, or even some crazy iPhone 3. Heck, I bet the imaginary iPhone 4 would have been a really cool device.
        DeusXMachina
  • RE: Are Google Maps and the Apple iPhone breaking up?

    This may be the beginning of Apple having their own map app eventually but for now I doubt that Apple will exclude Google Maps from it's core OS apps.
    athynz
  • Bye bye apple

    If apple ditches google maps, I will ditch my iPhone for an Android one.... just saying !
    dobba821992
    • bye bye dobba

      @dobba821992
      You bought an iPhone for Google maps?!
      Really? That's the reason?
      See ya.
      Tigertank
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