Friday, August 10, 2012

Apple 3D Maps VS. Google Earth In 3D Mode [ Video ]

Previously, Apple has announced 3D maps on WWDC 2012. Google wasn’t going to sit down and announced 3D Maps of its own. Now Google and Apple are in big competition with 3D technology in their respective maps application. Google has Google Earth while Apple has Maps in the upcoming iOS 6. Let's Check the challenge video below between Apple 3D maps and Google earth in 3D mode.

For now, Apple maps app is still in beat mode, while Google has just recently released their Google Earth upgrade. Let’s see which one is looking better up till this point.

Google VS Apple 3D Maps – Video :

Supported Locations For 3D Maps :

  • Rome, Italy
United States
  • Boulder
  • Boston
  • Charlotte
  • Lawrence (Kan.)
  • Long Beach
  • Los Angeles
  • Portland
  • San Diego
  • Santa Cruz
  • Tampa
  • Tucson
  • San Francisco and the Bay Area
As expected, Apple has the lead here. Their maps app has 3D building support for 3 different continents, and a total of 26 locations. That is twice the amount of locations Google Earth has to offer.
United States
  • Atlanta
  • Boston
  • Chicago
  • Dallas
  • Denver
  • Houston
  • Las Vegas
  • Los Angeles
  • Memphis
  • Miami
  • New Orleans
  • Philadelphia
  • Phoenix
  • Portland
  • Sacramento
  • San Diego
  • San Francisco and the Bay Area
  • Seattle
  • Toronto
  • Montreal
  • Birmingham, UK
  • Manchester, UK
  • Copenhagen, DK
  • Lyon, France
  • Sydney
  • Melbourne
Many cities have been excluded from the 3D support. Let’s see a comparison of 3 cities at varying levels of zoom (far, midrange and close). As you will see in the images below, the mapping texture of Google is light as compared to the one used by Apple. For each of the 4 cities tested, Apple has the lead here. Let’s take a look at each city one-by-one starting with Boston. The Google Earth is on the left while Apple Maps are on the right. The cities are Boston, San Diego, San Francisco and Los Angeles.