Google Maps for iOS 6 users are scheduled to the Apple App store later today if a report by AllThingsD is to be believed. The report says that it will come tonight, but that’s because the report is coming out of the US and they expect it to be available anytime soon, so we can expect the app to be available today. Also Read - Apple delays MacBook Pro, AirPods 3rd gen shipments to October 29, but why?
This of course is a massive boon to iOS 6 users who were left in the cold when Apple launched its own Mapping service, which turned out to be sub-par. Apple had touted the new 3D Maps app as the flagship feature of iOS 6 and overall the system was not only missing maps data but was rather unreliable and buggy. As a fall out of this, iOS chief Scott Forstall was ousted and Tim Cook publicly apologized for the gaffe. Also Read - Apple may not launch iPhone SE 3 next year, instead bring iPhone SE Plus with 5G support
Apple for its part claimed that it wanted to offer features like turn-by-turn navigation, something, which Google had not added in the built-in iOS maps app. Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt had hinted that the app would be coming soon and the rumor mill generally pointed towards a December release for the app, so all this is happening more or less according to plan. Also Read - iOS 15.1 update now available: How to download on your iPhone, new features and upgrades
Previously it has also been suggested that, new Google Maps app will have turn-by-turn navigation enabled by default, so let’s see if that happens because that will definitely give Google the edge over the built-in Apple Maps and also other free competitors like Nokia’s Here apps that basically seems like a port of the Symbian app.
In the meanwhile, keep your fingers crossed and keep checking the site, as we will update it as soon as the Google Maps app goes live on the App store.