Apple Maps Now Used 3x as Often as Google Maps on iPhone and iPad

Apple Maps Now Used 3x as Often as Google Maps on iPhone and iPad

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Apple has revealed that its Maps app is used 3x as often as its next leading competitor (Google Maps) on the iPhone and iPad, reports the Boston Globe. The mapping service now sees over 5 billion map-related requests each week.

Google Maps is still the most used mapping application for smartphones as Apple Maps isn't available on Android. In October, Google Maps had over twice as many smartphone users as Apple Maps.

When Apple Maps first debuted on iOS it was plagued with problems but Apple has gradually improved the service and turned into one of the best mapping services available.

“We are fast learners and we are fast at fixing things,” said Apple VP Greg “Joz” Joswiak. “We learned the maps business incredibly fast.”

The Boston Globe says that Apple is now collecting data from over 3,000 sources for business listings, traffic and other information.

In adding transit, Apple sent teams to map out subway entrances and signs. That results in more precise walking directions, as stations can stretch for blocks and the center point used by some services isn’t necessarily the closest. Apple also started sending out vehicles with sensors to map roads, similar to Google’s longstanding practice.

Apple says its not finished improving Maps and it definitely still has some work to do, especially in rolling out transit directions. However, the service is now good enough that most users aren't turning to third party products instead.

Let us know Maps performs in your area. Do you still use Google Maps or are you happy with Apple Maps?

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Apple Maps Now Used 3x as Often as Google Maps on iPhone and iPad
Sacha - December 11, 2015 at 9:58pm
Apple Maps is not very useful in Switzerland. It does not provide information on public transportation which is much more used by people in Switzerland and many other countries in Europe.
Dude1000 - December 10, 2015 at 7:34am
Apple Maps always give wrong locations here in Minneapolis. Most people I know who used it have always gone to the wrong place. Even transit info is off quite a bit. Google Maps works the best here.
peterce - December 8, 2015 at 9:37pm
useless! local transit is shit
Pfft - December 8, 2015 at 10:53pm
I find it useful even by transit standards.
Saravana - December 8, 2015 at 3:12pm
Apple maps is useless in India. If there is an option, I will delete it from my device
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