iPhoto for iOS Not Using Google Maps

Wednesday March 7, 2012 1:34 PM PST by Jordan Golson

It appears that Apple chose not to use Google Maps in iPhoto for iOS, as noticed by 512 Pixels.

Apple has purchased two companies with mapping technology, Placebase and C3, in the past few years. However, it's not at all clear where Apple got the map tiles, whether this is an internal technology or if they were licensed from some other source.

Apple does use Google Maps in the Mac version of iPhoto.

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Posted: 35 months ago
Wow, the "satellite" image looks like a map drawing from the 1800s. I don't like it at all. They acquired huge good-looking map companies, and they bring us this? Um.. well..
Rating: 21 Votes
Posted: 35 months ago

Wow, the "satellite" image looks like a map drawing from the 1800s. I don't like it at all. They acquired huge good-looking map companies, and they bring us this? Um.. well..


I love the olden-days wavy lines for the ocean. Aren't there supposed to be drawings of sea serpents, mermaids and ships sprinkled around out there?
Rating: 13 Votes
Posted: 35 months ago
Whatever maps they are using, they are VERY out-of-date.

The whole housing development I live on (consisting of 15+ roads, and a few hundred homes), is completely MISSING from these iPhoto maps, despite having been in existence for at least 15 years.

My street and all the surrounding ones appear on every other mapping system I've ever used.

Not impressed.
Rating: 9 Votes
Posted: 35 months ago
Ok, I'm going to say it. These maps suck.

They are low quality, washed out images with visual artefacts. The text font is like something out of a home-made school flyer. Even the scrolling doesn't feel right. It lacks finesse - it is distinctly un-Apple.

Bring back Google please!
Rating: 9 Votes
Posted: 35 months ago
IMO this isn't a good move. I mean, sure Apple dislike Google, we all get that. But currently nobody offers maps anywhere near as good. What baffles me is why they didn't go with the next best thing, Bing maps.

This just seems like Apple being a bit stubborn. This is where the rivalry thing stops becoming something we all look at and go 'Meh' and starts actually affecting how we use our iOS devices.
Rating: 7 Votes
Posted: 35 months ago
I think that some of you have misunderstood that this map is only used in iPhoto. The map is not meant for navigation but only for picture location in iPhoto.
Rating: 7 Votes
Posted: 35 months ago
Gruber asked, and apparently they are still using Google for the data.
Rating: 6 Votes
Posted: 35 months ago
Oh dear Apple.

EDIT: Just went and looked at some zoomed images. This is atrocious. I thought, it was all about providing great user experience. 'Why do you have to be rude because of the competition'. This blows.

It's like Apple saying: 'Go suck it. This is all we have right now'.
Rating: 6 Votes
Posted: 35 months ago
I think it's meant to look old and rustic like a globe, because it's showing you the location you took your pictures as if they were pinpointed on a globe.

I don't think they will use this for Maps at all.
Rating: 5 Votes
Posted: 35 months ago

Wow, the "satellite" image looks like a map drawing from the 1800s. I don't like it at all. They acquired huge good-looking map companies, and they bring us this? Um.. well..


I think that is the Map view, not a satellite view, it doesn't appear to have an option for satellite images.

My bet is that the Map tiles for iPhoto are pre-loaded in the app so that loading the map just to see where your image was taken will not require a data connection. Loading a bunch of map tiles every time you bring up the feature seems like a pretty quick way to burn through your LTE allotment.
Rating: 4 Votes

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