Update: Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt told a group of reporters in Japan that the company, in essence, has not submitted a native Google Maps app to Apple as of yet.
He stated that Google and Apple do talk "daily", however. From Schmidt's quotes, he doesn't seem to be in a hurry on anything:
"We have not done anything yet."
"We've been talking with (Apple) for a long time. We talk to them every day."
Schmidt on Apple's decision on removing Google Maps in iOS 6 stated:
We think it would have been better if they had kept ours. But what do I know? What were we going to do, force them not to change their mind? It's their call.
Schmidt stayed loose and even showed off some new map functionality on the Nexus 7 and said: "Take that Apple." He quickly followed that up with "That was a joke by the way."
Since September 21, launch--Apple sold over five million iPhone 5, in just three days, and more than 100 million iOS devices have been updated with iOS 6, the Cupertion annonced today.
Tim Cook, Apple's CEO said, "Demand for iPhone 5 has been incredible and we are working hard to get an iPhone 5 into the hands of every customer who wants one as quickly as possible."
Adding, "While we have sold out of our initial supply, stores continue to receive iPhone 5 shipments regularly and customers can continue to order online and receive an estimated delivery date. We appreciate everyone's patience and are working hard to build enough iPhone 5s for everyone," he said.
In other Apple news, the company continously struggling with its iOS 6 Maps app that replacing the Google Maps. Tired with constant grievous errors of Apple's Map app -- and with the un-surety of Google Maps app coming to iOS 6-a developer over the weekend hacked the Google Maps app making it to run on iOS 6.
"old Google-powered Maps mostly works on iOS 6.0 with a little trickery," tweeted Ryan Petrich.
Petrich also posted a video showing off Google Maps application from iOS5.1 and earlier running on an iPhone 3G S updated to iOS 6.0
"Still crashy and cannot be distributed to the public yet, but it mostly works," posted Petrich.
Also, according to report Apple still refers to Google Maps when Mapping emails are sent to non-iOS 6 users.
As, the company seems to be redirecting maps.apple.com to maps.google.com. "When we noticed this in June, the "maps.apple.com" resolved to a Google IP address. Since then, Apple has changed the DNS to an internal IP address, which then of course currently redirects over to a Google Maps address. This likely indicates Apple will soon push its maps to web pages and perhaps a Mac app. Apple can flip the switch at any time or even push it out slowly for testing purposes," wrote 9to5mac.
It is also reported that Apple is aggresively poaching old Google Maps employees. According to a report citing some sources;
Many of my coworkers at Google Maps eventually left when their contracts ended or on their own accord. One guy looked around for other GIS work and ended up at Apple when a recruiter contacted him. He had heard rumors for a while that Apple was going to develop its own in-house mapping platform, and given his experience at Google, he was an easy hire. Apple went out of their way to bring him down to Cupertino and he's now paid hansomly as a GIS Analyst. Another coworker that was a project lead at Google Maps, left for the East Coast after his contract ended, and was recently contacted by an Apple recruiter. The position sounds like a product development manager position, and will pay him $85k+ and all the moving expenses from the East Coast. He's gone through 2 rounds of interview and seems like a frontrunner to land that position.
Apple has a great deal of job openings available on its "Geo Team".
Meanwhile, Jean-Louis Gassée in a press statement held Apple responsible 'mostly' for all the bad press it is receiving stating,
"The ridicule that Apple has suffered following the introduction of the Maps application in iOS 6 is largely self-inflicted. The demo was flawless, 2D and 3D maps, turn-by-turn navigation, spectacular flyovers…but not a word from the stage about the app's limitations, no self-deprecating wink, no admission that iOS Maps is an infant that needs to learn to crawl before walking, running, and ultimately lapping the frontrunner, Google Maps. Instead, we're told that Apple's Maps may be "the most beautiful, powerful mapping service ever"."
Also, Google who mostly keep silence on Apple getting lambasted over it new iOS6 Map app -- Google took its turn, through Motorola in attacking the Apple Map app. In a new post on the official Motorola Facebook page, it posts up an ad for the upcoming Droid Razr M smartphone and compares Google Maps to Apple's Map app making fun stating that the data contained in Apple's Map app can be highly inaccurate.
The Facebook post reads, "Looking for 315 E 15th in Manhattan? Google Maps on DROID RAZR M will get you there & not #iLost in Brooklyn."
No doubts, Google Maps has been a major player in the maps space since it launched almost eight years ago. In a blog post, TechChrunch sat down with Jack Menzel of Google's Search team, who walked through how the product has developed, along with plans and ideas for the future.
According to Menzel, it all starts with a project called "Ground Truth," which is Google Map's team that takes all 1,300 sources of map data and merges them into a consumable product that we see on the web and our mobile phones today.
Michael Weiss-Malik, an Engineering Lead on the Google Maps product, showed the system internally called "Atlas," that they uses to munge all of this information together. It's
"Every piece of information that the company gets turns into a "layer" of sorts, which can be dropped on top of what will become the completed map. There are keystrokes, shortcuts, and well…system issues from time to time. There are also many algorithms backing all of these activities up."
In Weiss-Malik words about what Google Maps does, "If you want to make a map, what you do these days is you collect as many data sources from providers as much as possible: geo codes, water bodies, parks. Things you don't think about. Even postal codes. There's really an endless sequence of things. All of the data is slightly imperfect, so we use things to correct this to spit out a higher quality product."
Here's a look at what Atlas lets operators do to make sure all of the map data that Google has is updated and correct:
Here's what they get after that process:
According to Weiss-Malik, "This is where Street View is very critical. This is a simple intersection. We examine all of the intersections, determine where you can and can't turn. Our operatings jump into 3D mode, so you can see what you're editing. Grab a no uturn sign as an "Observation," to leave yourself breadcrumbs as you move around the system."
"We source floor plans from business centers, malls, etc. We fit them into the map. There are walking paths, just like regular maps, we mark bathrooms and escalators as well. These are "interior driving directions" to get you to your gate at the airport. This experience is available on mobile devices now," Weiss-Malik said.
Brian McClendon, VP Google Maps and Earth, said when asked how Google came to make the acquisition that the "Google founders got excited in 2004. They came in and met with us and made the offer to buy it. Their pre-ipo valuation was crazy, we were very nervous about it. Why we went through with it was Google had two things we didn't have, scale and data. Larry (Page) was willing to write a check to buy satellite imagery for us, on the spot."
During this time, a small team was working on Google Maps. This team included former Google and Facebook employee Bret Taylor. The Earth and Maps teams worked together to normalize Google's data so that both products could use it. That process now allows the entire company to instantly scale everything that needs even a slice of location information.
On the future of Google Maps, McClendon sadi, "Map data is never perfect; we're going to try and approach "perfect." If you're not close enough, people get frustrated. If you're really close, people do depend on it more."
Adding, "For Google, the next level is serendipitous discovery. We should provide you with the best experience that you care about based on location, searches, friends, likes and time of day. That is a near-term must have and it relies on data, coverage and quality," he said.