Hi guys, I was using Samsung phone and thus Google Map for around 5 years. In August 2017, I came back to iPhone and started using Apple Map for first time. I’m surprised how well Apple Map is doing now. I suggest you give it another shot.
Apple map does have rerouting and real time traffic info. Looks like Apple get the traffic info from Waze. I compared Apple and Google map traffic info. They are basically the same. Like there can be multiple routes from point A to B, and both Apple & Google shows the routing time for the multiple routes.
Pro’s in favor of Apple:
Look and feel. Apple map is much cleaner than Google maps, IMO.
Faster. On my iPhone, Apple map is faster to get to Go button. Google map takes like 5-10 seconds longer.
Less confusing. I use both driving and walking quite a bit. In Apple map, I can quickly change the driving vs routing after entering destination. In Google map, I believe there are multiple way to do this. And it is super confusing. The way I figured out is, route first, end the route, then change routing between driving/walking.
Predicting where I want to go. Apple map is integrated with iCal, so it knows my next appointment. And even when events are not in iCal, it learns where I want to go. I believe it learns by days of the week. Another huge plus for iPhone and Mac iCal is the event notification with driving time. I don’t even need to do anything special, and Apple device will prompt me to leave.
Google map is very poor, at least 6 months ago. Google recommendation is not aware day of week and time of day. It can be 3pm on Saturday afternoon, and Google has Work location as suggestion. And in the morning, after dropping my kid off at school (just 5 minutes from home), Google will recommend home as destination.
Cons of Apple map:
Road closures. One time I was in Santa Cruz mountains and road was closed. Apple map didn’t know. And Apple won’t provide alternative route; I assume the detour is much longer. Google map had road closure data. And correctly routed the detour.
Night mode. In night mode, Apple map color is really bad. The road is gray on gray background. Hard to see. Google has like orange & gray road on gray background, but gray shades are easier to see.