Apple Dropped Google Maps Because of One Key Feature: Report
Technology Editor, CNBC.com
Applereplaced Google Maps with its own maps system on iOS6 because the companies couldn't come to an agreement regarding access to Google's voice-guided directions, according to a report by AllThingsD.
According to the report, multiple sources said that Apple wanted access to Google's voice-guided turn-by turn driving directions, but Google wouldn't hand over the goods to Apple.
Google , of course, offers its Android mobile users access to the voice-guided map navigation system for free, but the search giant wouldn't budge on handing over the feature to its competitor.
Google was also requesting more control of maps on the iOS platform and Apple was not complying, according to the report.
Apple has faced criticism over its new maps system, which is part of its latest operating system, iOS6, because of inaccuracies on its maps.
Meanwhile, Google seems to be enjoying Apple's map misery with its CEO Eric Schmidt saying earlier this week his company is in no hurry to rush out a Google Maps app for the iOS platform.