Google’s own iOS 6 Maps app awaiting approval from Apple?
If you’re brand new to iOS 6 and haven’t yet experienced the horrors of Apple’s new Maps app, then you have no idea how good it is to hear even a rumor that Google’s mapping services might somehow make their way back to the iPhone… Just one day after iOS 6 went live, sources have started to say that, should Apple approve it, a Google Maps app is ready to hit the App Store and save the day.
9 to 5 Mac stated:
“Separately, we’ve heard Google has been building separate versions of a iOS GoogleMaps.app for quite a while that goes back years. Additionally, we’ve learned an updated iOS 6 version of the Google Maps.app has been submitted to Apple. “
However, renowned Apple journalist Jim Dalrymple, known for his accurate “Yep” confirmations to Apple rumors, give this latest rumor a “nope” response.
The reason we’re sounding so desperate for a Google Maps app has everything to do with the widely publicized poor performance of Apple’s own app. Technically, all the features are there (turn-by-turn guidance, Siri integration, 3D fly overs), but the app has not risen to the occasion in terms of accuracy and reliability. It appears that the mapping data Apple brought to the table simply can’t keep pace with what Google has stored up, and it’s for that reason that we officially want them back.
But of course, whether or not we get a Google Maps app entirely depends on how Apple feels about the matter. There’s no doubt they’ll stand by their decision to strip away native apps that come from Google (YouTube, Maps), but just maybe if we make enough noise we can convince Apple that Google Maps wouldn’t “compete with existing functionality”—seeing as Apple’s “functionality” currently sucks and Google’s is sound.
I’m not going to hold my breath for a resolution. iOS 6 is one day old, and it could take awhile before Maps outrage reaches fever pitch (another Antennagate, anyone?). In the meantime, this supposed Google Maps app might be sitting in approval lingo until push comes to shove.