Apple iOS 6 maps vs. Google maps visually

By Daniel Chubb - Oct 20, 2012

Apple has had a hard time since launching iOS 6 and especially with the new maps application, which has resulted in a number of screenshots appearing online revealing faults, so is this just teething issues with a new direction or are Apple’s iOS 6 maps a disaster when compared to Google maps? We’ve tracked down a couple of videos that look at this very topic for a number of abilities, which includes turn-by-turn navigation, 3D, and if you have a medical emergency.

The first video performs a driving test with iOS 6 turn-by-turn vs. Google maps and Navigation, which the Apple maps were reviewed using an iPhone 4S and the Google maps on a HTC One X. Some user reactions to this video claim that Google’s software seems much quicker when it comes to GPS, although we’d love to know how you think they compare, so check out the first video below this article.

We recently performed a test as well with Apple’s new turn-by-turn for 2 hours around London, which in our experience had been a major improvement and one without any problems, although we are aware that this is not the case for thousands of other users.

When we first got hands-on with Apple’s new iPhone 5 and iOS 6 maps we’d have to admit the 3D impressed us, although shortly after we did see a number of problems with 3D buildings in the wrong places or looking a bit strange. These are problems Apple said would be fixed partially by user feedback, so you can certainly expect constant fixes thanks to this feedback and the fact that Apple users cloud technology as well.

The second video takes a look at Apple’s 3D maps in iOS 6 vs. Google Earth 3D buildings, and aims to find out what software produces the best 3D buildings. They explain the main differences between Apple and Google maps, so take a look at that video and feel free to leave your opinion, especially if you’ve been hands-on yourself.

Finally we’ve included a third video that focuses on using iOS 6 maps and Google maps when you have an emergency, and the video creator claims it might not be a good idea to use Apple maps when you have a medical emergency. See the video for exactly why that is, although we can’t help but wonder if we’d pick up the phone and dial for help rather than use maps. See all three videos below looking at Apple iOS 6 maps vs. Google maps, and then hit the comments with your experiences using either software.

It is worth noting that some leaked screenshots have appeared online within the last couple of days, which could point to Google maps being available on iOS 6 as an app really soon, although at this stage this should be classed as simply a rumor.

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