Which maps service do you use? For iPhone and iPad, the choices are basic. Apple Maps. Google Maps. Others are available but the ones used most around the world come from Google and Apple. I use both. Plus Waze. For the Mac, Apple’s Maps app is now part of the macOS package while Google Maps remains browser-based. Maps on iPhone gets used the most.
Why use both?
For iPhone and iPad, I prefer Apple Maps because privacy. Apple’s business model for free applications is not Google’s business model; the latter of which captures user information for profit. Some family and friends like Google’s Timeline feature derived from Maps, but I find it rather disconcerting that a company knows where I’ve been and when.
How is that not creepy? What else?
Google’s Timeline can tell me– and, ostensibly, authorities, too– where I was on any particular day. That’s just wrong.
Siri may not be as good as Google Assistant (a stupid name) but Apple’s own personal assistant is better integrated into all things iPhone and iPad, so getting directions is easier and results include walking directions; even on Apple Watch.
What’s not to like?
Apple Maps has integration with other applications on iPhone and iPad and that makes it the most used iOS maps app, far eclipsing Google Maps. For example, Yelp is integrated into Maps and that makes it easier to find a nearby restaurant.
What is missing in both Maps apps are obvious options that should be in both Google Assistant and Siri. Look ahead. If traffic is stalled or heavily congested to the point of altering an estimated arrival time, both Assistant and Siri should be able to tell us about it and offer a different route– automatically.
What about traffic?
I have come to a few conclusions regarding Apple Maps, Google Maps, and Waze. Waze is more useful and very good at spotting speed traps, accidents, and anything that may impede the route to a destination. Apple Maps errs on the side of conservative estimates for time travel to a destination. I think of it as under-promise and over-deliver— typical Apple.
These are the basics. I use Apple Maps much more than Google Maps because I don’t want to be tracked everywhere I go. I use Waze only for traffic during travel.
But I use all three.