Why Apple included Maps in OS X Mavericks

“When Apple released Mavericks, some people were puzzled by the inclusion of the Maps application,” Christopher Breen writes for Macworld.

“After all, it’s easy to understand the value of having an interactive map on a mobile device: You always want to know where you are when you’re on the go,” Breen writes. “But given that our computers already have access to perhaps the best mapping service (and mapping data) on the planet—in the form of Google Maps running in a Web browser—what’s the point of Maps on the Mac?”

Breen writes, “I can think of several reasons.”

Read more in the full article here.


  1. Having one-click access to from the dock is a plus (not that you couldn’t do that to GMaps with a web link) but there’s also the Send to my iPhone feature, which I’ve used a couple times now and really like.

    1. Convergence leading to divergence.
      A) Converge all similar functionality into one code execution matrix.
      B) Diverge all dissimilar functionality into their respective hardware units.
      C) Result, less demand on the hardware CPU, better battery life, data update throughput to all devices in one keystroke. Stable find my iPhone, iPad and iMac as each device will show in real times its exact location on all linked devices!

      I HAVE SPOKEN!!!

    2. I have used Google on the web to look up an address and map it for the last time. Never again. Maos is super fast compared to Google maps on a web page, and it’s accurate. I wonder how this move by Apple will affect Google’s traffic. I hope it hurts really bad.

  2. I can think of one more possible reason that I don’t think he mentioned… (I only skimmed the article)… Which is to capture more user interaction, make it easier for feedback, provide corrections, improve data accuracy, analyze behavior, etc…

  3. With the advent of SSD’s and the ability to retrofit MacBook Pros with Fusion Drives, my Mac now boots in less time than it takes to boot up my iPad, and with all productivity apps open too, in the state they were in when I shut down the Mac. I time it as less than 10 seconds from the time I depress the power button to full boot up to the OS X Mavericks screen. This has meant that I spend more time with my Mac than previously. I used to spend more time with my iPad and iPhone because using the HDD Mac was a bit like wading through treacle but the SSD has made a world of difference.

    When I’m on my Mac I feel as if I’m in an oasis of calm with a familiar layout and high quality lifelike icons. The more I have to interface with my iOS 7 driven iPhone and iPad, the less inclined I am to spend time with them. iOS 7 is actually quite repulsive to look at and painful to use. I think having Maps on OS X is a fantastic idea by Apple which coupled with the latest SSD and Fusion Drive Macs should drive Mac adoption rates through the roof. This is all good, until they realise the big mistake they’re making with Ive and his fou fou thin fonts and flat unimaginative icons. Time to kick Ive to the bleachers I reckon.

  4. I drive a Ford vehicle that has an integrated GPS system in the dash. Part of the SYNC system allows me to look up directions on Mapquest then submit them to SYNC via my web browser. When I get in the car, I fire up the GPS, tell the Navigation portion of SYNC to get my directions, and it downloads the point I sent it from Mapquest on my Mac. This is the only thing that keeps me from using Maps on my Mac full time – no way to send those directions straight to my vehicle. Other than that, it’s a great app and I would use it 100% of the time, if it would just send directions to my SYNC account instead of just to my iPhone.

  5. …however they hosed themselves by their self-imposed mandate to think different. The google interface that allows me to roll-or-scroll back or forward to zoom is intuitive and works very well. Apple Map on the mac with Magic Mouse does neither, making me click on the +/- buttons to zoom. Consequently I choose not to use it on my Mac.

  6. I just bought a Ford F-150, and though really disappointed in Ford’s lack of total integration with iPhones, I find that sending directions from Apple Maps to my iPhone, works fine for spoken directions. No more Magellan, no more Google. No subscription to SYNC services, and the directions have been dead on every time.

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