Apple fans waiting for a speedy arrival of Google Maps on iOS 6 may have had their hopes dashed. Google's executive chairman Eric Schmidt told reporters that: “We haven’t done anything yet” regarding offering iOS 6 users a version of Google Maps.
Apple has been getting an increasing amount of bad press over its decision to drop Google as the default map provider in the new version of its mobile operating system and replace it with a somewhat underdeveloped alternative that Apple has made in house.
Reports in recent days hinted that Google had already submitted a new version of Maps for approval by Apple. That now appears to have been over optimistic.
According to Reuters, Schmidt was visiting Tokyo to launch the Google Nexus 7 tablet in Japan and introduce Google Play Books and new movie content. He told the news agency that although Google has not officially taken steps to relaunch its Maps app on iOS 6, it has been “talking with [Apple] for a long time,” and added that “we talk to them every day.”
The Bloomberg site, however, points out that even when Google does submit an app, Apple will not “have to approve it. It’s their choice.”
In earlier statements, senior Google exec Jeff Huber said that it is committed to “providing amazing Google Maps experiences on iOS.”
So, while it seems likely that Google Maps will officially reappear on iOS 6, the much-missed app may take a little longer to arrive.
In the mean time, the hacking community has been at work trying to port a previous version of Google Maps over to jailbroken iPhones.