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Apple "Just" Renewed Maps and Search Partnership with Google


During Eric Schmidt's interview at AllThingsD 9, he revealed that Google had just renewed their Map and Search agreements with Apple. Quote per Engadget:
"We just renewed our Map and Search agreements with Apple, and we hope those continue for a long time."
This confirms rumors that Apple would be continuing to use Google Map data in iOS 5. There had been a number of Apple acquisitions and hirings that have suggested that Apple is actively working in this area. The news also suggests that Google's search remains the default choice rather than Microsoft's Bing which was said to be under consideration at one point.

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44 months ago
Unless Apple makes their Maps app like a stand alone GPS unit, I don't see the point of Apple making the maps in-house.

+1 for Google Maps. IMO.
Rating: 12 Votes
44 months ago
Google maps = good

Map app = bad

Improved map app using google maps = great
Rating: 12 Votes
44 months ago
I'm glad.
Most people would never dream of searching with anything but Google and to do better than Google Maps would be one hell of an ask of Apple.

I'd love it if there could be a locally stored vector-based map of my country or something, so if I don't have signal I can still see exactly where I am and work out how to get home. Waiting for maps to load around my blue dot is frustrating especially when I know they've all been loaded before.
Rating: 11 Votes
44 months ago
All I want is a turn by turn GPS built in the OS. I can't wait to see iOS 5, there is a lot expiated.
Rating: 6 Votes
44 months ago
Add in that Turn-by-Turn Google has on Android (that I miss a LOT from my Droid) and I'll dump the TomTom app for sure.
Rating: 5 Votes
44 months ago

That's what China thought too when they built the Great Wall. And look where that got them.


They became the world's factory, including the manufacturer of iPhones and iPods, and a major economic powerhouse?

And what does keeping Mongolians out have to do with anything?
Rating: 5 Votes
44 months ago
That's fine, I don't have a problem with using Google Maps for map data. In fact, I trust it the most. However, I'd love turn - by - turn directions. Android has this feature on the default Google Maps app. I'd love to see it on iOS.
Rating: 5 Votes
44 months ago
Makes sense. Building a legit Google Maps competitor will take a while.
Rating: 2 Votes
44 months ago
Good IMO. But the app needs improving.
Rating: 2 Votes
44 months ago
Give us a maps app like Google has on Android devices and I'll be happy as Hell. The current maps app was outdated long ago and needs a serious revamp.
Rating: 2 Votes

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