Google Maps' new iOS 6 app screenshots leaked?

Ever since Apple decided to dump Google Maps for its own flawed map app for iOS 6, people have been wondering when, or even if, Google would release its own map app for Apple's latest mobile OS. Officially, Google has made no promises on this subject.

Now, a San Francisco-based mobile app developer named Ben Guild has posted up a few, and very blurry, screenshots of what he claims is an alpha build of the Google Maps app for iOS 6 on his website. He offers no word on how he obtained this early build.

Guild does claim that Google Maps for iOS 6 is vector-based and supports the four inch screen of Apple's iPhone 5. He also claims that it has "two-finger rotation to any angle" and that it is "super fast."

While Google may indeed be working on a map app for iOS 6, the big question is whether or not Apple will allow the map app to be made available for download. A week after the launch of iOS 6, Apple CEO Tim Cook apologized for the flaws in its own map app and even suggested people use, among other choices, the web-based Google Maps that can be access via the Safari web browser.

Via: Forbes
Source: Ben Guild website | Image via Ben Guild

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Let me just clear this air on a few things. I don't hate Google. Sure I think Android is an inferior OS but I do love Maps (on the desktop), Chrome, Google News and search. On iOS however now that I've seen & used Apple Maps I can't go back to Google Maps.

This has to be the worst leak ever. Who posts blurry, photographed screen and not the actual SCREENSHOT? Everything is blacked out, the single screen is split up into multiple pieces with NOTHING showing that it's Google.

I mean, look at this picture.

http://uploads.benguild.com/bl...blr/googlemaps_iphone_1.png

What the heck is this, amateur hour? Post the entire screenshot, in screenshot format...

Just noticed whoever took these pics has carrier, time, and the battery meter censored. Umm...why?

Seems more like an advertisement for his "super cool" app that shows what apps other people are using around you.

worst screenshot in all of man kind. with the technology we have available today...we don't need small pictures or little bs images of something that looks as retarded as this. come on now with this nonsense...

Chugworth said,
I don't know why you people want to go through all this trouble. Google Maps works on Android phones just fine.

Well switching phones just for a maps app is a pretty dumb decision..

Those have got to be the worst screenshots ever imaginable. Afaik iOS have a native screenshot app, so why are these taken using a camera? And why not a full screenshot instead of random small pics?

-Razorfold said,
Those have got to be the worst screenshots ever imaginable. Afaik iOS have a native screenshot app, so why are these taken using a camera? And why not a full screenshot instead of random small pics?

Because it isn't that person's device? They could be photos taken of a test device in a place where you aren't supposed to take photos.

warwagon said,
Best Screen shot EVER!!

right? whose the moron who keeps taking screenshots like this? show the whole thing atleast.

MeltedMacaroni said,
Apple Maps is a fine application, we don't need your rubbish Google.

Oh give it a rest already. iOS Maps is an absolute laughing stock. Sure it works where you are and in a great many other places, but it simply isn't acceptable to release such a flawed app to replace what was originally fine. Saying you don't need "Google's rubbish" is nonsense since the CEO of Apple pretty much suggested that yes you do.

nik louch said,

Oh give it a rest already. iOS Maps is an absolute laughing stock. Sure it works where you are and in a great many other places, but it simply isn't acceptable to release such a flawed app to replace what was originally fine. Saying you don't need "Google's rubbish" is nonsense since the CEO of Apple pretty much suggested that yes you do.

I'm hoping there was a /s tag you missed

StevenJ said,

I'm hoping there was a /s tag you missed

Go on, I'm listening... When the CEO of a company 99% says "Our app isn't good enough and certainly doesn't live up the the expectations of our customers. For now use one of these alternatives, including the one from the company we ditched" - I think my comments stand up as valid. I have no doubt that with revisions iOS maps will get a lot better - Apple like to claim they release amazing products and they tend to back it up to a degree. But in this instance they did not. They purchased a solution and released it long before it was ready. Google maps is clearly the better option right now unless you are in an area that is unaffected by the well documented bugs, It may be unfair to compare the two, seeing as Google have been at this a lot longer than Apple - but Apple took the step to move from an accepted solution to their own. End of the day, before this mess, iOS users used Googles mapping tech quite hapilly...

nik louch said,

Oh give it a rest already. iOS Maps is an absolute laughing stock. Sure it works where you are and in a great many other places, but it simply isn't acceptable to release such a flawed app to replace what was originally fine. Saying you don't need 'Google's rubbish' is nonsense since the CEO of Apple pretty much suggested that yes you do.

iOS Maps is actually a lot better than Google Maps. It saves less data on your phone and loads faster thanks to the vector-based graphics it has to offer. It also goes a lot further offline than Google Maps could. And last but certainly not least, it's been improved a lot so now it's not as bad as it was before.

It's not a flawed app.

Google's map app isn't rubbish. It worked and did what people needed to it (I'll give it that) but now that I've seen something better it's really hard for me to picture myself using something inferior.

And Time Cook didn't say to use Google Maps. Why would he say that. If he wanted people using it he wouldn't of took out Google Maps in the first place. What he was saying is that in the meantime while it wasn't working users could use alternatives. I don't think that was the best thing to say to people but what could someone say in his position - and don't tell me it'd be to bring Google Maps back..

MeltedMacaroni said,
Apple Maps is a fine application, we don't need your rubbish Google.

iOS Maps has lost its credibility, so many errors sitting in blatant sight, little or no testing must have been done. Google Maps meanwhile in near perfect.

thealexweb said,

iOS Maps has lost its credibility, so many errors sitting in blatant sight, little or no testing must have been done. Google Maps meanwhile in near perfect.

iOS Maps hasn't lost credibility. Yes I think they released it too early but going by how it works now it's obvious that they've improved it greatly. Also since it uses less data, loads faster than Google Maps and can go further while offline those are 3 good points that prove why Apple maps has not only not lost it's credibility but that it's also a great map. It's not 100%, and neither is Google Maps (let's not forget) but it's already gotten a lot better.

dtourond said,

iOS Maps is actually a lot better than Google Maps. It saves less data on your phone and loads faster thanks to the vector-based graphics it has to offer...

Maybe on iOS, but on Android it has been vector-based since 2010.

MeltedMacaroni said,
Apple Maps is a fine application, we don't need your rubbish Google.

Surely this is sarcasm?

MeltedMacaroni said,
Apple Maps is a fine application, we don't need your rubbish Google.

Apple Maps in iOS6 is a POS.

It sucks - it's not as fast on an iPhone 4S as the Google powered iOS5 maps, no built in transit, location markers are not accurate, most businesses are not marked...

...do I really need to go on?

I swear, give a bit of what your smoking.....


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MeltedMacaroni said,
Apple Maps is a fine application, we don't need your rubbish Google.

Google Maps has the best data and the most coverage. Gets to corrections very quick too. Tom-Tom/TeleAtlas (who apple partnered with on ios6maps) took 6 weeks to correct one Kroger's location. While Google Maps get 8 corrections in 2 weeks. and 2 of those were complex. I also noticed the most errors on the TelaAtlas/TT DB. I have sent 20 total thru them with 4 corrected and all of my Gmaps reports (12) have been corrected and each one was corrected in less then 2 weeks.

That's why Google Maps became the leading map solution. Now Apple needs to do this catch up ( corrections ) very quickly in order to become par with competition. Unfortunately time against them.

They should have released Apple maps in iOS 5 to get all these kinds of crowd sourcing data...

remixedcat said,

Google Maps has the best data and the most coverage. Gets to corrections very quick too. Tom-Tom/TeleAtlas (who apple partnered with on ios6maps) took 6 weeks to correct one Kroger's location. While Google Maps get 8 corrections in 2 weeks. and 2 of those were complex. I also noticed the most errors on the TelaAtlas/TT DB. I have sent 20 total thru them with 4 corrected and all of my Gmaps reports (12) have been corrected and each one was corrected in less then 2 weeks.

dtourond said,

iOS Maps is actually a lot better than Google Maps. It saves less data on your phone and loads faster thanks to the vector-based graphics it has to offer. It also goes a lot further offline than Google Maps could. And last but certainly not least, it's been improved a lot so now it's not as bad as it was before.

It's not a flawed app.

Google's map app isn't rubbish. It worked and did what people needed to it (I'll give it that) but now that I've seen something better it's really hard for me to picture myself using something inferior.

And Time Cook didn't say to use Google Maps. Why would he say that. If he wanted people using it he wouldn't of took out Google Maps in the first place. What he was saying is that in the meantime while it wasn't working users could use alternatives. I don't think that was the best thing to say to people but what could someone say in his position - and don't tell me it'd be to bring Google Maps back..

http://memegenerator.net/instance/28390102

dtourond said,

iOS Maps is actually a lot better than Google Maps. It saves less data on your phone and loads faster thanks to the vector-based graphics it has to offer. It also goes a lot further offline than Google Maps could. And last but certainly not least, it's been improved a lot so now it's not as bad as it was before.

It's just missing one teeny tiny little thing.. VALID, ACCEPTABLE DATA.

SixFootJockey said,

Maybe on iOS, but on Android it has been vector-based since 2010.

But they could've done this on iOS yet they didn't.

Taliseian said,

It's not as fast on an iPhone 4S as the Google powered iOS5 maps, no built in transit, location markers are not accurate, most businesses are not marked...

It's actually faster on the 4s so I'm not sure what you're smoking... And Apple maps is still new so don't expect it to be 100%. If that's the case then you'll never be satisfied with anything...

dtourond said,
A troll just ****es people off, that's not me. I'm a fanboy but I don't just stick with Apple products if that's what you think. All I'm doing is proving my point about Apple maps.

Well if you're a fanboy then your biased opinion isn't particularly useful to anyone is it. Why post it?

I don't see why Apple would block it, at least not given the current situation.

After all they allow Bing Maps, and of course all kinds of turn-by-turn GPS apps like TomTom..

Ryoken said,
I don't see why Apple would block it, at least not given the current situation.

After all they allow Bing Maps, and of course all kinds of turn-by-turn GPS apps like TomTom..

They don't want to go "thermonuclear" with tomtom
just stirring.

I don't imagine they would block it, would just give people more ammo, I would say google is just taking its time after they removed them as the default.

Ryoken said,
I don't see why Apple would block it, at least not given the current situation.

After all they allow Bing Maps, and of course all kinds of turn-by-turn GPS apps like TomTom..


Yea, I don't get that either, ever since iOS6, probably even the betas, people have been saying that even if Google makes a map app Apple still has to approve it and that might not happen and so on... Unless it breaks any rules it'll be approved, simple as that...

Leonick said,

Yea, I don't get that either, ever since iOS6, probably even the betas, people have been saying that even if Google makes a map app Apple still has to approve it and that might not happen and so on... Unless it breaks any rules it'll be approved, simple as that...

That's just it... It being a mapping app breaks the rules. There is a rule that says Apple can reject any app which performs the same function as one included in the OS by default.

Now I doubt they will block it because of the uproar it would cause, but I certainly wouldn't bet anything valuable on that.

M4x1mus said,

That's just it... It being a mapping app breaks the rules. There is a rule that says Apple can reject any app which performs the same function as one included in the OS by default.

Now I doubt they will block it because of the uproar it would cause, but I certainly wouldn't bet anything valuable on that.

Yes, but if they block Google's map program and not other 3rd part mapping programs they could get in big trouble for that. They would need something to point to besides it being from Google.

M4x1mus said,

That's just it... It being a mapping app breaks the rules. There is a rule that says Apple can reject any app which performs the same function as one included in the OS by default.

Now I doubt they will block it because of the uproar it would cause, but I certainly wouldn't bet anything valuable on that.

...Go to the App Store, go to the Featured section, then click on "Find maps for your iPhone".

MidTxWRX said,

...Go to the App Store, go to the Featured section, then click on "Find maps for your iPhone".

Shh... Did I not say that I doubt they would block it. Christ.. I know you can get the TomTom app etc. I was replying to Leonick's comment about it not breaking any rules.

It does in fact break the rules but Apple choose not to enforce them in this case. Either read before posting or don't get involved in discussions between other people, you end up sounding silly.

sphbecker said,

Yes, but if they block Google's map program and not other 3rd part mapping programs they could get in big trouble for that. They would need something to point to besides it being from Google.

I did state in my original comment that I doubt they would block it because of the backlash.

Although I'm sure if they really wanted to, they could find some reason other than the fact that its Google because of their insanely restrictive policies.