Originally Posted by fdbryant3
Not quite. Apple licensed Google Maps in order to provide that feature natively to iOS users. When they developed there own product they no longer needed Google Maps which is why they stopped licensing them.
Although it is ultimately all about money it wasn't to stop Google Maps from making money off of Apple users (if it was then they wouldn't have approved the current Google Maps app) but to make Apple Maps the default (and thus most often used) mapping application of iOS>
Apple has more cash than they care about spending.
This is a data battle. Or more bluntly stopping Google from getting the data