Google’s Native Maps For iOS May Be Coming Soon

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If you’re not impressed by iOS 6 new Maps app that was developed in-house by Apple, then we’ve some good news, it looks like Google has already submitted its native Maps app for iOS to Apple for approval.

The Guardian claims that according to its sources, though Google is enjoying the bad publicity that Apple is getting, it is indeed planning to release its own native Maps app.

The UK publication reports:

Google, I hear from roundabout sources, is enjoying the bad press Apple is suffering. It would be surprising if its mappers could resist some schadenfreude, since they are very proud of their work; having it rejected wholesale must be galling.

The same sources say that Google is preparing a Google Maps app for iOS6, which will appear in time. No official statement has been made and there will inevitably be questions over whether Apple will approve it in the App Store. (Apple might not, on the basis that it “competes with existing functionality”, but would invite a further backlash if it did.)

Shortly after Guardian’s report was published, iOS Developer Steve Troughton-Smith confirmed the report and claims that Google has already submitted the app to Apple for approval.

The Guardian suggests they’ve heard that Google already submitted a Maps app to coincide with iOS 6:


Apple has rejected apps from Google that compete with existing functionality in iOS earlier, but there would be a major backlash if they rejected Google’s app, especially after the problems with its own Maps app.

We’ll let you know as soon as we’ve any further updates.

[via The Guardian]

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  • rpret103

    ya i feel like they could have renewed their partnership again which would have gave them time to perfect their maps app and everyone would still have full functionality during the process…

  • Steveo

    If Apple were to reject the Google Maps app, I would stand outside the flagship store and protest. And wouldn’t buy another Apple product until they allow the best mapping software ever back on their platform. Who’s with me? Let’s hope Apple is smart enough not to make this mistake.

    • Zangpakto

      Actually, google maps best mapping software? Since when was it even close on iOS?

      Navigon works much better, TomTom works better etc etc. Google never even ever updated their stupid app that the first thing people usually do is BUY a GPS app because google maps was that bad!

  • Louis Otano

    I will not update my iPad 2 to iOS 6 nor purchase the iPhone 5 until there is a Googles Maps app available. Streetview must also be part of that app. If Apple rejects it then hello Samsung or Nokia. I use those maps in my work.

    • Zangpakto

      Navigon, TomTom, there is a host of better GPS programs… Native ones in general are crap compared to those. even google maps is bad compared to it.

  • Mystic

    With the new maps app all of the usual info, spots and locations are, well, gone. The roads are all wrong and a hospital has miraculously appeared close to my house. Haha nice try apple, but let Google handle the maps, until you can refine your app for people outside the US

  • John

    Will the google maps app have turn by turn?

    • iPhoneHacks

      Yes, very likely, it should be similar to the Google Maps Navigation app that is available on Android.