Google’s New Maps App for iPhone Won’t Come for Months
If you’re anxious to get your hands on Google’s new Maps app for the iPhone and iPad, it looks like there is a wait of at least a few months.
According to a new report from the The New York Times, Google is working hard to finish the app by the end of the year.
The news comes a little more than a week after Apple pushed out its new iOS 6 software update for mobile devices, which replaces the previous Google Maps app with one designed in-house.
Apple’s new Maps app has been widely criticized for omitting transit directions, incorrectly identifying locations and incomplete 3D views that display some national monuments very oddly, such as the Eiffel Tower. There are also some broken roads and satellite views that display nothing but clouds.
The poorly reviewed Maps app has many wondering when Google might release a new app for iOS. Google CEO Eric Schmidt said on Tuesday in Japan that the company hasn’t yet submitted a Google Maps app for the iPhone to Apple for approval. Once it’s submitted, it could take Apple some time to approve and release the app — standard practice for the company.
That is, if Apple even accepts Google’s app.