Apple Had A Year Left On Its Google Maps Contract

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Here’s a new wrinkle in Apple’s maps controversy.Chris Ziegler at The Verge reports Apple had a year left on its contract with Google’s maps when it decided to go with its own mapping solution.

Why is this significant? Because a lot of people have been complaining that Apple’s maps were released too soon. Apple could have stuck with its Google-based maps for another year while ironing out the kinks in its own mapping solution.

Apple decided to drop Google maps a year ahead of schedule because it felt like it was falling behind Android which had turn-by-turn directions as a standard feature.

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