Apple Maps up to 80% more data efficient than Google’s

According to some new analysis from Onavo, the new Maps app from Apple loads data up to 7 times as fast as Google’s version. Now, I know, my first response was most likely the same as yours: “There’s because there’s 7 times less data”. But, read on:

”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% less data! On some actions, such as zooming in to see a particular intersection, Apple Maps’ efficiency advantage edged close to 7X.”

It’s not got anything to do with which locations are missing or not. It’s more to do with the coding structure of the app. It uses vector-graphics, which is a much more efficient way to build the Maps program than Google’s own “raster” method. Essentially, it loads exactly the same location’s data much quicker, because there’s much less to download each time you move along the road. I experienced this myself when I used Navigation back in July to get to a wedding down south. It’s impressively quick at updating the map as you move.

Via: BGR

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  • rweb82

    However, the reality is Apple’s Maps sucks, and Google Maps is awesome.  I don’t care about the data (I have unlimited with Sprint); but I DO care about a quality maps application.  I use turn-by-turn navigation daily with my job, and Google Maps has delivered on my needs since day one.  I could never switch to a lesser quality option- even if it is light on the data usage. 
    And before anyone responds with the “just give it time, and Apple will make it the best maps option in the world” comments, I just want to say shouldn’t Apple have made sure their product was the best option around BEFORE they launched it???  They pride themselves on not releasing half-baked crap.  This is why they supposedly waited so long to include copy & paste, Lte, etc…I’m sure Steve Jobs would be turning in his grave if he knew that Apple released such a crappy application, and put their seal of approval on it!  
    It’s not gonna happen today, tomorrow, or probably for another few years; but it’s business moves such as this that will ultimately lead to Apple’s demise as a relevant tech company.  They have gone from cutting-edge innovator, to industry standard catcher-upper.  Apple has now forfeited every character pedigree that made them who they are today.