We have the choice to use Apple Maps or the WMF tile server, and Mapbox as the API or Apple Maps as the API.
Apart from political issues, I'd like to get a technical determination of how useable the WMF tiles are, if mapbox is a viable alternative to Apple Maps, and what the differences will be in technical terms.
Specifically, any info regarding:
- Time to render maps, especially on zoom or drag
- Client side control over visual presentation
- Data usage (ie. transmission and storage costs)
- API and maintenance
Comments on visual quality and values issues welcome, but not required for this task.