Google’s relationship with Apple may be on borrowed time. Apple Maps, set to appear soon in iOS 6, will reportedly use a local company’s data Yandex to provide location-search details in Russia. A developer version of iOS 6 will send users to Yandex.Maps for further information regarding locations.

A search of Vladimir Lenin’s Mausoleum, for instance, gets “more details on Yandex.Maps application or offers to download Yandex.Maps from App Store if the user doesn’t have it installed,” a Russian developer now using iOS 6 tells Bloomberg.

What’s more, Yandex could give Google the boot when it comes to searches within Safari, according to TechCrunch. The agreement between the companies comes as both firms attempt to break Google’s grip on multiple markets.

For Apple, the pact with Yandex would allow the Cupertino, Calif. company to expand without requiring Google’s global reach. For Yandex, although it is the major search engine in Russia, its 60 percent share of the local market is being slowly eroded by — you guessed it — Google.

It should be interesting to see if Apple can untangle itself from Google’s web of Internet services while also not producing a half-baked map alternative. So far, we’ve seen the iPhone maker has a golden touch when it comes to hardware. The question is whether that success can be replicated sans any Google involvement.

What do you think? Is it wise for Apple to completely end its business dealings with Google, or is the Android-maker a necessary evil?

  • Miketyler

    Here in Canada the Gps is way off hope they update and fix cause its terrible

  • No Whammy

    Eventually, I (and possibly the rest of the world) will get tired of waiting around for Apple to catch up. Google typically is the real time leader in innovation while Apple waits until their next hardware release to include new software…if we’re lucky.

    I’m really saddened to see Google Maps go but welcome Apple’s variant. While they may be behind what Google’s done on their phones by years (with regard to maps) I think they’re really pioneering ground with their choice in vector based graphics. If they give developers powerful tools like vector data caching, rendering stylesheets, custom layers, they could easily take the lead.

    Only time will tell.

    • Relax, the Google Maps app will likely be available for download in the App Store, and it will probably be even better than its current version on iOS. In the end, it will be a win-win for everyone (Google, Apple, and of course the users)

      • No Whammy

        I sure hope so…in the mean time I think they’re really stifling innovation.

        Shoot, I can’t even specify which app I want to handle mailto: links. Windows ’95 had that ability in, well, 1995. 0.o …parlay that into addresses and you can see how this might play out for Google Maps.

  • But can apple really
    untangle from googles services, when its going to be likely that alot of users will not be updating to ios6 for various reasons, the main factor being the jailbreakability of ios5. Also there are the older devices, like iphone 3g and 3gs that dont support ios6. what will happen to the map app there?