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#1 Javik

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Posted 15 October 2012 - 13:32

A series of leaked screenshots appear to confirm that Google is working to develop a Maps app for iOS6.

San Francisco-based developer, Ben Guild, posted the series of blurry pictures on his blog (not pictured above) just after midnight on Sunday morning claiming that they showed the alpha version of a Google Maps app for Apple's mobile OS.

In addition to the images Guild posted technical information concerning the app: "It's vector-based. It's got two-finger rotation to any angle. It's super fast. Four-inch height of the iPhone 5 is supported!"

Forbes added that the app is expected to combine Google Maps with another of the company's geographical information services, Google Earth, which would take advantage of the latter's impressive library of satellite and historical archive imagery.

Apple faced heavy criticism earlier this year after the release of its iOS6 saw the company drop Google's map app in favour of Apple's own Tom-Tom-powered sevice. While Apple's map app was far from unusable, negative reactions to the service from consumers saw Apple's CEO Tim Cook offer a public apology on the company's website.



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#2 Draken

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Posted 15 October 2012 - 14:14

the new youtube app is awesome, it was expected they did the same with the maps app :yes:

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Posted 15 October 2012 - 14:17

hmm wonder if it will support turn by turn as well?

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Posted 15 October 2012 - 16:46

I highly doubt this, the iMaps are being developed and i prefer having the turn by turn than go back to google maps. When i need google maps i can go on Safari and google the place. In a near future we will have an google map App, when google decides to bring that into store.

#5 ILikeTobacco

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Posted 15 October 2012 - 16:50

I highly doubt this, the iMaps are being developed and i prefer having the turn by turn than go back to google maps. When i need google maps i can go on Safari and google the place. In a near future we will have an google map App, when google decides to bring that into store.

" appear to confirm that Google is working to develop a Maps app for iOS6."

Did you even read it? You highly doubt something that you then go on to agree with.

#6 Astra.Xtreme

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Posted 15 October 2012 - 16:58

The new maps app has actually been working really well for me so far with the exception of a Mexican restaurant in Indiana that was on the wrong side of the road. But as long as Google Maps is $10 or less, I'll buy it. It's worth it as a backup.

#7 grik

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Posted 15 October 2012 - 17:03

" appear to confirm that Google is working to develop a Maps app for iOS6."

Did you even read it? You highly doubt something that you then go on to agree with.

I know this but what that has to do with anything? it should be up by now, they are losing advantage for iMaps that keeps getting better. iMaps is enough good has it is now, but then again i don't use this much. Road Orientation is nice, as for sat photo detail i dont use and if i need to use it i go on safari and google maps ;)

#8 Ambroos

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Posted 15 October 2012 - 17:07

The new maps app has actually been working really well for me so far with the exception of a Mexican restaurant in Indiana that was on the wrong side of the road. But as long as Google Maps is $10 or less, I'll buy it. It's worth it as a backup.

Google will never make it paid. You don't get world dominance by selling stuff.

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Posted 15 October 2012 - 17:30

Good deal. Competition is good and always alternatives when a product doesn't live up to expectations.

#10 OP Javik

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Posted 15 October 2012 - 17:34

I've never had a wrong direction from Google maps and I've been using Android for nearly 4 years now. The evidence I've seen is that Apple's maps app is a pretty poor substitute. Thankfully as I wouldn't touch any iOS device with a 40 foot barge pole I don't have to lose functionality because of Apple's megalomania.

#11 hjf288

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Posted 15 October 2012 - 17:36

Youtube app on ios6 sucks.. Have to use Jasmine instead -_-;;

#12 Astra.Xtreme

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Posted 15 October 2012 - 17:36

Google will never make it paid. You don't get world dominance by selling stuff.


Maybe not world dominance, but they would make millions on it. :p

#13 Growled

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Posted 15 October 2012 - 22:49

Of course it's coming back. Google can't resist a market as big as iOS.

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Posted 17 October 2012 - 01:31

The only thing that bothers me is Apple is going to have to approve this or else face even more public backlash. Yet, if they approve this, shouldn't they also then approve all the various web browsers and apps that have been rejected for "emulating stock behavior" or whatever?

#15 szo

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Posted 17 October 2012 - 01:42

The only thing that bothers me is Apple is going to have to approve this or else face even more public backlash. Yet, if they approve this, shouldn't they also then approve all the various web browsers and apps that have been rejected for "emulating stock behavior" or whatever?


There are a lot of different browsers, but they can't use their own engine. They have to use the Safari engine and even that is the slower version used by UIWebview.



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