Microsoft: No comment about updating iOS Bing Maps app

Apple was supposed to be enjoying the official launch day of the iPhone 5. However, the buzz on the Internet is less about the company's newest smartphone and more about the new in-house developed iOS 6 Map app that was released on Wednesday. As we have reported before, users have been quick to slam the app with its data errors and its comical image issues.

The iOS 6 Maps app replaced Google's Map app and so far, there's no word on when or even if Google will launch its own iOS 6 Map app. A story on the Guardian website this week claims, via unnamed sources, that Google has such an app in the works, but it's up to Apple to approve it for publishing in the iOS App Store.

As we mentioned earlier this week, Microsoft already has its own iOS version of the Bing Maps app available to download right now. However, that app has not been updated since April. We contacted Microsoft to see if they have any updates planned for the Bing Maps app for iOS 6. The statement we received from Microsoft said:

Bing has a solid existing experience for iPhone customers.  We don’t have anything to share about future plans or updates. 

Hopefully, Microsoft will see this move by Apple as an opportunity for its Bing Maps to get more traction. On the other hand, Apple could decide not to allow an update for Bing Maps in iOS. In any case, the real losers are iOS 6 users, who now have to deal with a broken beta for an official Map app from Apple and no official word on when a new Google Maps app will arrive.

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I thought all google relations were gone with IOS6 because of apple and google falling out hence the map replacement.
Would make sense if bing was now the default.

I know Google Maps isn't on the App store yet (to my knowledge anyway), but Google Earth is.
What will Google Maps do that Google Earth doesn't offer? Does Google Earth do directions?

thealexweb said,

Really, that's big news if true


I have seen that it's an option to set Bing or yahoo, but I thought it was still Goog as default?

cleverclogs said,

I have seen that it's an option to set Bing or yahoo, but I thought it was still Goog as default?

My iPad still uses Google... I think... I'll have to go double-check...

How easy is it to hack-install the old Maps app back on to the iPhone and do you think Google is just sitting back, waiting for everyone to get the new iPhone 5 and feel angry at Apple before releasing their own new map app?

what's wrong with you apple users - there's nothing wrong with the mapping program - you're just "holding it the wrong way"

dvb2000 said,
what's wrong with you apple users - there's nothing wrong with the mapping program - you're just "holding it the wrong way"

How original.

dvb2000 said,
what's wrong with you apple users - there's nothing wrong with the mapping program - you're just "holding it the wrong way"

Your childish comment wasn't an answer to my question. What on earth made you compelled to respond in such an immature manner?