Tuesday, June 12, 2012

3D Flyover

Both Apple and Google offer a 3D Flyover function, allowing you to virtually fly over a particular location.


Both Google Maps and Apple's Maps can give you traffic information as well as general directions.

Apple's Maps will also use crowd-sourced information on accidents, allowing you to better see potential slow downs before they slow you down.


Both maps will be able to give you driving and walking directions.

Apple Maps, however, will not offer public transportation maps at launch, unlike its Google counterpart.

Local Search

Apple's Maps offers a local search function that allows you to look up local restaurants and businesses.

While you can also look up restaurants using Google Maps, Apple's Maps will integrate in Yelp information, allowing you to check out restaurants by rating and read reviews.

Local Search

Searches for local restaurants and businesses in Apple's Maps will show not only the business, but also its Yelp rating and reviews.

Google Maps has been available on the iPhone since the device’s launch, but on Monday Apple announced its own version of Maps for iOS 6 one that will be replace the Google service on its smartphones.

Google recently announced an update to its mapping service as well. While both services certainly have a lot in common, there are also quite a few distinctive differences between the two.


Turn-by-Turn Directions, but No Public Transportation

The Apple version of maps brings turn-by-turn navigation to the iPhone, a traffic view, and anonymous real-time crowd-sourced incident reports for traffic problems you encounter along the way.

While Apple Maps will bring turn-by-turn directions to the iPhone, it will take away one feature may city dwellers have come to know and love: public transportation directions. In its current form, Apple Maps does not have public transportation directions built in. That might potentially be because most cities write their transportation in GTFS (Google Transit Data Feed). While that data is open and free to use and used by most if not all of the transportation apps out there  Apple may be reluctant to use Google’s data in the app it’s using to break away from Google.

Siri Integration

Siri gets to make an appearance in Apple Maps. Apple’s digital assistant can give you information on anything from where the nearest gas station is to how much longer your trip is going to take.

The integration offers many of the same features as your traditional GPS, possibly because it’s getting a lot of its power from a traditional GPS company. Leaked pictures of the Maps interface acquired by Engadget indicate that TomTom is providing a good bit of data for the service. TomTom has been offering turn-by-turn navigation for the iPhone since 2009, and its iOS app will likely become somewhat if not entirely obsolete with the release of turn-by-turn directions in iOS 6.

Local Search

Both Google Maps and Apple Maps allow you to look up a particular resturant near you. Apple’s version, however, also integrates inYelp information into searches, allowing you to see a particular resturant’s rating and read reviews before you make a choice on where to dine.