Google Maps for iOS might struggle for Apple's approval

Apple released iOS 6 a while ago and one of the biggest changes that came with the update was the replacement of Google Maps with Apple’s own in-house solution.

Now it’s no secret that iOS 6 Maps sucks. In fact it sucks so much that Apple’s own CEO, Tim Cook wrote an apology letter and recommended users try out third party solutions such as Nokia’s. Scott Forstall left Apple and some of it had to do with the mess that Maps has become.

As a result many iOS 6 users are waiting anxiously for Google to release their own Maps app to the App Store. Google has mentioned before that they are working on a solution but The Guardian is now reporting that the app itself may not be accepted into Apple’s App Store.

The British newspaper cites several sources familiar with the matter that say people at Google have a lot of doubts as to whether Apple will actually allow them to publish this app on their platform. While at least one of them mentions chances are better now that Forstall has left the company there still seems to be some concern. As another of the cited sources mentions, Apple may still try to save face and "keep moving forward in an effort to make its obviously inferior product better".

Of course if Apple does choose this route its mapping solutions will get better over time due to new data being collected from users, however it is still a long way to go until they actually catch up to Google, if they ever do.

The sources cited mentioned that Google is indeed working on a product, just in case Apple backs off and tries to appease its users. However even if the app is approved, it still seems to be a long way off and will not be available until the end of this year.

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I hope they do reject it and keep on rejecting it, as it'll generate a lot of noise and the only outcome then is for Apple to look worse than they do now. People will defect to other platforms and the world will be slightly better with x less apple products. Steve jobs must be ploughing the field now as he spins in his grave while the apple board systematically destroy his ethos and dreams This ship will take a while to sink, but it's definitely going to be fun to watch as apple slowly go down

If they fail to approve it well the antitrust should smack them so hard their billions will diminish. That's blatantly closing competition wake up and fine them, if they fail to comply.
Arrogance will wipe the smirk of their faces..

Don't be babies play fair or watch everybody dump you

And that's a reason why I dislike Apple. They shouldn't be able to just stop useful apps that have clear purpose like this.

What about Bing or Nokia Maps? Why only maps has to be google? Google takes up more bandwidth compared to Bing from an article study I read some time ago. MS has cross licensing deal with Apple?

minster11 said,
What about Bing or Nokia Maps? Why only maps has to be google? Google takes up more bandwidth compared to Bing from an article study I read some time ago. MS has cross licensing deal with Apple?

because the 2 you just mentioned are nowhere near as feature rich as google maps, and never will be. Google have the lead on this and it will take years of concentrated development to catch up....

all right smarty pants, tell me what does Google map has that are feature rich compare to bing / nokia maps

ZombieFly said,

because the 2 you just mentioned are nowhere near as feature rich as google maps, and never will be. Google have the lead on this and it will take years of concentrated development to catch up....

The end of this year is not a long way off. 7 weeks until 12/31/2012. They better hurry because we are all going to be dead by the end of the year anyways so it doesn't matter. LOL

TechieXP said,
we are all going to be dead by the end of the year anyways so it doesn't matter. LOL

we not goin to die, the only way that happen if i took it over the world

You can download an app called Maps+, which is basically a stripped down version of Google Maps. Though recently it ran into some sort of query limit and you can't search anymore. Hopefully it will get an update soon that fixes that.

Microsoft provides tools to developers to access services built on Azure from Android and iOS. To log into developer created services, you need to provide an email/pass but if you don't have an account, you can create a new one. While creating an account, you can pay to increase your skydrive storage. Apple rejects any apps that use these tools, because it means that they don't get their 30% cut.

Apple has made it clear that they will reject anything that may impact their bottom line. Being how much they advertised maps as one of the major features of iOS 6 and their dislike of Google, if they see this as a potential impact to their income, they will have no problem rejecting it.

nohone said,
Microsoft provides tools to developers to access services built on Azure from Android and iOS. To log into developer created services, you need to provide an email/pass but if you don't have an account, you can create a new one. While creating an account, you can pay to increase your skydrive storage. Apple rejects any apps that use these tools, because it means that they don't get their 30% cut.

Apple has made it clear that they will reject anything that may impact their bottom line. Being how much they advertised maps as one of the major features of iOS 6 and their dislike of Google, if they see this as a potential impact to their income, they will have no problem rejecting it.

Apple Maps is FREE...Google Maps is free. Google Maps helped Apple sell the crappy iPhone in the first place. How does that hurt Apple's bottom line?

[quote=nohone said,]Microsoft provides tools to developers to access services built on Azure from Android and iOS. To log into developer created services, you need to provide an email/pass but if you don't have an account, you can create a new one. While creating an account, you can pay to increase your skydrive storage. Apple rejects any apps that use these tools, because it means that they don't get their 30% cut.

Apple has made it clear that they will reject anything that may impact their bottom line. Being how much they advertised maps as one of the major features of iOS 6 and their dislike of Google, if they see this as a potential impact to their income, they will have no problem rejecting it.[/quote]
Apple has made it clear that they will reject anything that may impact their bottom line. Being how much they advertised maps as one of the major features of iOS 6 and their dislike of Google, if they see this as a potential impact to their income, they will have no problem rejecting it.[/quote]Apple Maps is FREE...Google Maps is free. Google Maps helped Apple sell the crappy iPhone in the first place. How does that hurt Apple's bottom line?

TechieXP said,
Apple Maps is FREE...Google Maps is free. Google Maps helped Apple sell the crappy iPhone in the first place. How does that hurt Apple's bottom line?

Advertising revenue. Look at the new Youtube app

Javik said,
If Apple do this they will only be shooting themselves in the foot.

if your app sucks, and you allow a better one to be able to replace it, yea, you're shooting yourself in the foot....

but god forbid apple allow competition, right?

However even if the app is approved, it still seems to be a long way off and will not be available until the end of this year.

Less then 2 months doesn't seem like a "long way off"

I guess it depends on how you use your phone. It can be a really long time for some people. Plus it's been two months already, since ios6 came out not to mention more than half an year ever since Apple announced it would be dropping GMaps.

It would be a big anti-trust if Apple refused, if Apple did, Google could simply slowly convert Google Earth into what they hoped to make with the new Google Maps.

thealexweb said,
It would be a big anti-trust if Apple refused, if Apple did, Google could simply slowly convert Google Earth into what they hoped to make with the new Google Maps.

The only situation in which they'd refuse the app is if it breaks any of the app store rules (in which case that is Google's fault, not Apple's thus there can be no anti-trust issue) and it shouldn't since Google know the rules and most likely actually do want their map app in the appstore.

this would be good. the more competition google gets the better and if forcing it on the market is what it takes, go apple. less google dependant can only be a good thing for everybody.

How can apple & google say they don't have an app ready? FFS - the app used to be BUNDLED with the O/S!

Obvious delaying tactics by Apple. Google should sue their arse off for anti-competitive and monopolistic behaviour