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iOS 6 users can finally have a maps app that works

For the iOS 6 users that hate Apple's new home-grown mapping feature, don't fret -- Google is on the way with a Google Maps iPhone/iPad app. However, we won't see it for a couple of months.
It has been confirmed by anonymous sources close to Google that the tech giant is working on iPhone/iPad Google Maps apps. This is likely a relief for many iOS users, who are anything but fond of Apple's latest maps app. 
Last week, Apple released its latest mobile operating system iOS 6 days ahead of its iPhone 5 launch. Since iOS 6's release, a chief complaint has been that the maps app is completely off as far as geography and navigation
Prior to iOS 6, Google Maps was the main maps apps on iPhones and iPads since the beginning of their respective times. But earlier this year, Apple announced that it was going to make its own maps app for iOS devices and pushed Google out of the loop. One main reason for this is because Google's Android operating system has been fiercely competing with iOS, and in the realm of smartphones, Google is winning.
But Google never saw this coming. In fact, it found out about Apple's plans to make its own maps service the same time Apple announced it to the rest of the world. But Google stepped back, and the company's executive chairman Eric Schmidt even said that Google wasn't begging for Apple's business (although it was open to any new opportunities). 
But now, it looks like Google will make Maps apps for the iPhone/iPad afterall. However, the only downfall is that it'll take a couple of months to do so. Why? For two reasons: the now-complicated relationship with Apple, and Google just needs time to build the app.
When Apple decided to ditch Google for its own maps app, it broke the contract the two had early (one year early according to The Verge). So now, Google and Apple must figure out how Google Maps is going to weave its way into the whole situation. 
As far as building the app goes, Google wants to make sure Google Maps is comparable to Apple's maps (which shouldn't be hard in terms of accuracy). For instance, Apple's maps has a 3D feature, and Google wants to have the same for Google Maps. 

Sources: The New York Times, The Verge

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RE: Missed point
By Solandri on 9/27/2012 6:55:21 PM , Rating: 2
I'd agree Google is the one doing the doublespeak here. Obviously they already have a nearly fully-function version of Google Maps for the iPhone - it was preinstalled right up until iOS 6. Apple just elected to remove it from iOS 6.

So I don't buy the claim that it'll take months to develop. It already exists, and is already nearly fully functional. From what I understand, the only major feature which is missing is turn by turn navigation (supposedly Apple didn't want to pay for it in the contract they negotiated with Google for the app). And most of the grunt work of coding that has already been done for their Android version. All they need to do is port it to iOS.

It sounds to me more like Google wants iOS users to stew in all the problems plaguing Apple's map app for a while. Then they can swoop in with their revamped iOS version of Google Maps like the proverbial knight in shining armor.

That might be the best thing to do from a PR standpoint, but I disagree with it since it puts marketing ahead of customer convenience. It's the sort of thing Apple does. I would've hoped Google was above that and would just concentrate on giving customers the best product they can provide as soon as possible.

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