Report: Google is working on a new iOS 6 Maps app


As you’re aware by now, Apple’s(s AAPL) new Maps app that replaces the old default Google Maps-based mapping app in the latest version of iOS, is not going over very well with the first users. Misplaced locations, mangled satellite imagery and more have been noted and mocked widely. For those wondering if you’ll be able to revert to Google Maps on the iPhone in iOS 6, the answer looks like “possibly.” The Guardian says it’s heard from sources that Google(s GOOG) is working on brand new Google Maps for iOS app.

The Guardian report says Google is secretly finding a bit of satisfaction in the abuse Apple is taking over its Maps app. And you can’t necessarily blame them, since Apple for whatever reason decided to dump all Google default apps in the new version of iOS, which included Maps and YouTube. Google has already submitted — and Apple approved — a new YouTube iOS app.

According to The Guardian, “Google is preparing a Google Maps app for iOS 6, which will appear in time. No official statement has been made and there will inevitably be questions over whether Apple will approve it in the App Store.”

But when will that be? Techcrunch says it’ll be “before Christmas.” That’s a long time to suffer with inadequate mapping services for new iPhone 5 users and for those who upgrade to iOS 6. 9to5 Mac said Google has actually submitted a maps app to Apple and is waiting for approval.

It’s not necessarily a sure thing that Apple will allow a Google Maps app. But at the same time, it’s hard to picture Apple deliberately keeping a high-profile competitor’s app out of the App Store, especially because it’s run afoul of regulators by doing that in the past with Google Voice. Plus, Apple’s not dumb. The company is usually pretty smart about understanding how to rectify customers’ problems and disappointments. In this case, it needs to address the issue quickly before the Maps problems derail the iPhone 5 launch.

Apple seems to be aware of the general response. A company representative told AllThingsD Thursday, “We launched this new map service knowing it is a major initiative and that we are just getting started with it. Maps is a cloud-based solution and the more people use it, the better it will get. We appreciate all of the customer feedback and are working hard to make the customer experience even better.”



Getting ready to Jailbreak iOS6 and iPhone5. More reason than ever. The jailbreak community will bring Google Maps back.


That it is cloud based and will therefor get better is utter BS. Start respecting your customer base Apple.


People will just keep using Apple Maps even though its clearly lacking with the belief it will “get better over time” but will it and when will that happen, iOS7 or iOS8? Since GMaps for iOS6 won’t have Siri access you will still get Apple Maps by default :(

Darren Swetkovich

I’m not going to upgrade my 4 for the 5 nor update my IOS. I am now having to consider changing to a different phone, Android and such, for my family of 5 since Apple is really pissing me off. I can see the writing on the wall, Monopoly, and that doesn’t work for me.


Other sites have stated there is already a google maps app done for ios 6 and apple just has to approve it.


Why is apple releasing garbage? I’d be peeved. I will never buy any of that crap. Sheeple pay so much good money, for what? It’s all the same ijunk.


so when google releases gmaps for ios6, being a better product everybody will presumably jump to using it instead of apple maps. So how would apple maps improve with increased usage over time if no one is using it?

Scott Holm

Lots of people will use Apple Maps due to the fact that it’s built into iOS6, whereas people will have to actively go out and download Google Maps.


That would sure be a lot of work.

If people need maps on their device and are frustrated with iOS maps they will definitely and actively download Google Maps.


Sort of like how iOS 6 users had to go out and d/l YouTube, they did in droves and pushed it high up on charts for free apps.


A lot of people will download Google’s app, and may even end up preferring it for general mapping. But keep in mind that every website that has map links will call up Apple’s map app; every app that uses Apple’s map interface API will use Apple’s maps. So even if the Google app is your go to choice when you just want to directly search out a map, you’ll still be seeing a lot of Apple’s maps.

Honestly, despite the initial hiccups, I’m convinced this will end up being a good thing. The old maps app had pretty much stagnated in its feature set, and there were no indications that Apple or Google had any inclination to do anything more with it. The new Apple app adds features that were missing like voice navigation. The Google app, when it comes out, will hopefully include missing features like bike route mapping. I’m hopeful that in the long run, the competition will get us some seriously better mapping options than we had previously.

Gustavo Franceschini-Roche

For whatever reason Apple dump Google’s apps? Research will give you the answer.

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