When comparing Waze vs Apple Maps, the Slant community recommends Waze for most people. In the question“What are the best car navigation apps for iOS?” Waze is ranked 2nd while Apple Maps is ranked 5th.
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Pro Notification about police
Pro Live routing and alert reports from other waze users
Each waze user has the ability to report traffic and road information changes as well as accidents, road closures, police locations and other alerts in real-time. This information is then displayed on the map to benefit other drivers and used to recalculate optimal route.
Pro Shows traffic speeds during rush hour
Shows red during heavy traffic along with mph, and orange for mild traffic.
Pro Lists traffic accidents
Pro Best apple watch integration
With an apple watch paired with your iPhone, haptic feedback alerts you just a few seconds before a turn comes up. This is distinct from the audio alerts that say in 1 mile, or half a mile or even a quarter of am mile, the haptic feedback vibrates even closer to the actual turn than audio cues. The feedback is also slightly different from left turns, right turn and straight ahead. It takes time to distinguish the difference but in time you might. None of the competitors have haptic feedback close to turns. It could be due to Apple being stingy with the API or if competitors have simply not developed the feature into their apps. It makes navigating to new places much more relaxed as a deaf person since it is no longer necessary to depend so heavily on the street name, exit, or tracking the guiding line (remaining blocks) on the map as a turn comes near.
Pro Easy on the battery
It doesn't destroy the battery as much as Google Maps or any other option.
Pro Default option
It's already installed, so you don't have to install it.
Con Advertisement supported
The advertisements usually shown when the vehicle is at rest, and they cover the entire screen. There is no way to get rid of them, it's strictly a free ad supported app.
Con Very high battery consumption.
This app literally DRAINS your mobile. In a iPhone 6s, I can drive just a couple of hours before running out of battery.
Con Some parts of the map are not actually
Con Sans apple watch and haptic feedback, harder to navigate visually
Apple maps is not as good about lane shifts and names of streets where you need to turn. It's not possible to skip to the next turn like you can with Google Maps so as to be prepared for quick successions of turns. Terrain details are very bare while cross streets make things feel busy. Cross streets are great for learning a new city, but distracting when you're just trying to get from point A to point B.