Finally, iOS 6 users can breathe a sigh of relief. Google has been hard at work revamping its Maps app and it has been approved by Apple and is now available in the App Store. The new Google Maps includes voice controlled turn-by-turn navigation, Street View, public transport and traffic information and much more. The new app will be welcomed by iPhone users who have been experiencing difficulties with Apple’s infamous Maps introduced on iOS 6.
Apple had previously used Google’s Maps as the basis for the Maps app on iOS but decided to ditch the search giant in favour of its own in-house Maps solution at the launch of iOS 6 at this year’s WWDC. This decision was made as part of Apple’s on-going feud with Google regarding Android, but many, including Apple founder Steve Wozniak, felt that Apple had rushed its new Maps app and prioritised its own grudges before the user experience of its customers. Because Google was taken by surprise by the announcement at WWDC it was not prepared to launch a new Maps app straight away, and decided instead to take its time building the app from scratch so as to allow Apple to fester in the public backlash it had created. Because of this, the new iOS Google Maps app is in many ways far superior to and more polished than its Android counterpart.
In the long run, Apple’s decision to drop Google Maps has benefited iPhone and iPad users by forcing Google to produce a better Maps app. Hopefully, the new improved app should make it to Android at some point in the near future too.