Report: Google Maps for iOS 6 close to completion

Apple generated one of its biggest blunders in the company's history earlier this fall when it released its own homegrown maps app for the new iOS 6. The apps was so full of errors and laughable image distortions that Apple CEO Tim Cook apologized publicly for the whole debacle.

Apple dumped Google Maps as the default map app for iOS as part of its launch of its own mapping app. There have been tons of rumors, and even blurry screenshots, that suggested that Google was working on its own iOS 6 map app.

Now there's word that Google will reenter the iOS space very soon. The Wall Street Journal reports, via unnamed sources, that Google is close to completing its iOS 6 map app and may submit it for Apple's approval soon. The report adds that this version will have turn-by-turn navigation features, which Google provides for its own Android version of the map app.

There have been some other reports that suggest the new Google Maps app could face some approval issues from Apple itself. However, if Google is indeed working on a map app for iOS 6, we would think they might have talked to Apple ahead of time to make sure the approval process went as smoothly as possible.

Source: The Wall Street Journal | Image via Google

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Very happy to hear there's at least some rumored progress going on.

I'd love to switch to a Windows Phone 8 device but I'll probably give it a while in hopes that Google releases their own Maps app for it. (As well as a new Spotify app, Plex, and a few other apps that I've grown accustomed to on iOS)

Shiranui said,
Apple maps is an entirely accurate representation of the world - seen through the "reality distortion field".

The hate is strong on this one..

Thank god.

I tried getting bus departure times with Apple's new maps and it asked me to download a separate app for that and after I did, the schedules were completely wrong and I ended up wasting 23 mins of my life waiting for a bus.

With Google however, I get the correct time give or take a minute. It's never failed me.

Apple is on the way down. Once you've hit the top, there's only way one to go...down.

Oh good. It took Google a month to make the iOS app.
I wonder how much longer it's gonna take them to release an official app for Windows Phone. Can't be much longer, it's been two years!

Koki.v3 said,
Oh good. It took Google a month to make the iOS app.
I wonder how much longer it's gonna take them to release an official app for Windows Phone. Can't be much longer, it's been two years!

They go where the majority of users are, it may be years before WP gets an official app.

Koki.v3 said,
Oh good. It took Google a month to make the iOS app.
I wonder how much longer it's gonna take them to release an official app for Windows Phone. Can't be much longer, it's been two years!

Why google map need to go to window phone. Bing and Nokia with Navteq is much better. Not to mention Nokia offline maps. Google should just stay out of window eco system

minster11 said,

Why google map need to go to window phone. Bing and Nokia with Navteq is much better. Not to mention Nokia offline maps. Google should just stay out of window eco system


Way better?
I checked out Nokia map data for my city and boy do they lack a lot of POIs (I checked businesses in the downtown area... meh)...
That actual map data etc might be accurate as f***, but Google isn't any worse here in my experience, certainly way good enough most of the time.
Now, lacking POIs is a deal breaker imho.

YMMV

GS:mac

Edited by Glassed Silver, Nov 16 2012, 2:25pm :

Dane said,
Good. Bring it out. I tried to use maps tonight in Philly. WHAT A PIECE OF ****!

I was about to dump my iPhone just because of the Maps app. Heck, Apple doesn't even allow me to downgrade to iOS 5.1 now.

But this news is a breath of fresh air.

sanke1 said,

I was about to dump my iPhone just because of the Maps app. Heck, Apple doesn't even allow me to downgrade to iOS 5.1 now.

But this news is a breath of fresh air.

Yeah I thought about going back to droid as well. Hopefully they release it, and it's not completely messed up.