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Apple Maps Utilizes 80 Percent Less Data Than Google Maps

By - Source: Onavo | B 41 comments

Finally, something positive to say about Apple's iOS 6 maps app.

According to analysis by data experts Onavo, Apple's heavily criticized maps app introduced in iOS 6 utilizes 80 percent less data than the Google Maps app used in iOS 5.

How exactly is Apple's in-house app around five times more efficient than the previous application? Well, Apple uses vector graphics, and therefore don't have to download map images every time a user adjusts the view, with the ultimate result leading to less data being consumed.

While Google Maps features an an offline mode, we've at least been able to have something good to say about Apple's maps app, which has prompted such immense backlash from users that CEO Tim Cook had to issue an apology.

"On Google Maps, the average data loaded from the cellular network for each step was 1.3MB. Apple Maps came in at 271KB - that's approximately 80 per cent less data!" Onavo said. "On some actions, such as zooming in to see a particular intersection, Apple Maps' efficiency edged close to 7x."

Running Apple Maps in Satellite View, meanwhile, consumes around half as much data as Google Maps, Onavo added.

It's worth noting that Google Maps running on Android devices already run on vector-based graphics.


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    billybiff , October 4, 2012 11:34 AM
    80% less data and also 80% less functionality
  • 31 Hide
    ojas , October 4, 2012 11:34 AM
    Yeah, shows 80% less too...
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    greghome , October 4, 2012 11:50 AM
    Isn't think Zak the same person that wrote the "Steve Job was the first to think of a Tablet PC" article? :/ 

    Toms needs more techies and less apple fanboys writing their articles :p 
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  • 36 Hide
    billybiff , October 4, 2012 11:34 AM
    80% less data and also 80% less functionality
  • 31 Hide
    ojas , October 4, 2012 11:34 AM
    Yeah, shows 80% less too...
  • 21 Hide
    ojas , October 4, 2012 11:34 AM
    billybiff80% less data and also 80% less functionality

    Beat me too it :D 
  • 10 Hide
    ojas , October 4, 2012 11:35 AM
    ojasBeat me too it

    to* lol
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    thecolorblue , October 4, 2012 11:35 AM
    vectors soundlike a great idea, but also a TON of work

    bottom like, APPLE mas a completely amateurish childish asshat move when they deleted a far superior maps app from people's phones and replaced it with their maps app that currently is a piece of $#!%.
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    thecolorblue , October 4, 2012 11:36 AM
    *line
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    Anonymous , October 4, 2012 11:38 AM
    so because they made it incomplete they should be congratulated? Zak get your head out of your ass.
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    thecolorblue , October 4, 2012 11:39 AM
    btw - if google maps a image based maps and apple maps are vector based, then once apple gets their $#!% together they could (in theory) have an equal quality product with much less bandwith requiment.
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    billybiff , October 4, 2012 11:43 AM
    thecolorbluevectors soundlike a great idea, but also a TON of workbottom like, APPLE mas a completely amateurish childish asshat move when they deleted a far superior maps app from people's phones and replaced it with their maps app that currently is a piece of $#!%.



    :) 
  • 23 Hide
    greghome , October 4, 2012 11:50 AM
    Isn't think Zak the same person that wrote the "Steve Job was the first to think of a Tablet PC" article? :/ 

    Toms needs more techies and less apple fanboys writing their articles :p 
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    freggo , October 4, 2012 11:51 AM
    Hey, I have a map app that covers the whole planet at 0.01% the amount of data Apple uses!
    It displays a blue sphere...

    Please let's not compare Apples with Googles. First show the same results, details and accuracy; THEN we compare who did it with less bandwidth usage.


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    Anonymous , October 4, 2012 11:51 AM
    "It's worth noting that Google Maps running on Android devices already run on vector-based graphics."

    So native Map Apps on the respective OS run Vector. Where exactly is the news here.

    Ohh I get it..

    Apple copies Google and runs Maps on Vector!
  • 11 Hide
    Anonymous , October 4, 2012 11:54 AM
    Wait, so at the end the article says "It's worth noting that Google Maps running on Android devices already run on vector-based graphics." So their comparison wasn't really fair then? Since most users use maps from their mobile phones, wouldn't you compare that or at least both!?
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    house70 , October 4, 2012 11:57 AM
    HyperChickenWait, so at the end the article says "It's worth noting that Google Maps running on Android devices already run on vector-based graphics." So their comparison wasn't really fair then? Since most users use maps from their mobile phones, wouldn't you compare that or at least both!?

    moricon"It's worth noting that Google Maps running on Android devices already run on vector-based graphics."So native Map Apps on the respective OS run Vector. Where exactly is the news here.Ohh I get it..Apple copies Google and runs Maps on Vector!

    It just proves the advancement of AndroidOS and it's superiority over iOS. Nothing more.
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    Anonymous , October 4, 2012 12:05 PM
    Because it has 80% less mapping data available!!!! lol...!! I can make a 100x100 pixel blank image in photoshop that only uses 10k of data...! yes, I'll use that as my mapping program....!!
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    bobafert , October 4, 2012 12:11 PM
    That bit at the end there was most telling. That Google has the more efficient vector maps program available, but was only willing to give it to their Android users and not to Apple. I can see that as a reason for Apple to want to create their own maps program even though they still had a license to use Google Maps. That, however, does not excuse Apple for pushing out a vastly inferior product. Espeasially when their fortune has been made by charging more for a "superior" user experience.
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    Anonymous , October 4, 2012 12:11 PM
    Google has Google maps, Google sky maps, and now Google is mapping the ocean. Seems like Google will map the moon and mars before apple finishes a decent state map.
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    Anonymous , October 4, 2012 12:15 PM
    What a crappy headline, at least they corrected their misleading statement at the very end. Google uses vector graphics on android too. The only reason they cant on iOS is because APPLE WONT LET THEM. Google maps on iOS is nothing more than going to maps.google.com and downloading them through HTTP. The "app" is basically a bookmark shortcut. They might as well say "Apple maps offers turn by turn navigation unlike Google..............when used exclusively on iOS devices lulz"
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    Anonymous , October 4, 2012 12:15 PM
    Day By Day the quality of the site is going to the toilet with articles like that one , are you trying to get more comments ? to get more views on the web (like I'm going to share with other people this laughable article) .
    Give us a break (And a bit of credit) and stop acting like a yellow tabloid......
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    john_4 , October 4, 2012 12:18 PM
    When Apple gets it up and running well it will work very quickly.
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