Apple getting ready to ditch Google Maps?

Apple getting ready to ditch Google Maps?Considering there's no love lost between Apple and Google right now because of a certain rival OS, it wouldn't come as a big surprise if Google Maps were to disappear from iOS at some point.

Which is why we're not so shocked to learn that Cupertino has apparently decided not to renew its contract with Google past the end of the year when it expires.

Google Maps has been a staple part of iOS since before it was even called iOS but has become less essential over the last couple of years now that competitors are offering similar services.

And Apple's new iPhoto app points to a whole new world with a tile seen by 9to5Mac that doesn't use Google anymore. It may lack a bit of polish, but shows that Apple is not scared of going it alone now.

Add to this the fact that Apple has been out shopping and has snapped up three mapping companies - Placevase, C3 and Poly9 - and you can see that Apple is preparing for battle. Steve Jobs famously vowed to destroy Android. Even now he's gone, his promise could live on.

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Admin  Mar. 8, 2012 at 21:07

Hmmm Apple Maps? or would they use Bing. Seems developing a whole mapping department is pretty overkill unless they are planning some kind of local services advertising...

jmarcelino  Mar. 9, 2012 at 01:12

Umm that's a very speculative saying that Apple is not renewing their maps contract based on this.

Probably Apple just didn't want to let Google know the locations of it's users photos.

CTPAHHIK  Mar. 9, 2012 at 08:17

Take Google ideas, take Bing ideas put them together and call them iMaps. Then claim that Apple invented it. Patent "Slide for Directions". Sue Google and Microsoft.
Sounds familiar?

benfleet5  Mar. 9, 2012 at 08:24

@CTPAHHIK Ha! Brilliant!

MDrX  Mar. 9, 2012 at 08:36

It's OpenStreetMaps not something Apple created from scratch (or acquiring companies). OSM generally offers better mapping of footpaths, woods, stuff like that. Google Maps is roads and lakes. Maybe Apple thought the human level was better for photography than the car level that Google offers?

Who knows.

It won't be replacing Maps any time soon, that's for sure.

CTPAHHIK  Mar. 9, 2012 at 08:52

I genuinely interested what Apple will do with OSM. Will it be something original or simply a case of not dealing with Google?

metre  Mar. 9, 2012 at 10:01

old news.

CTPAHHIK  Mar. 9, 2012 at 12:10

old news.
Well, DUH! It's over 15 hours old. ;)

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