Recent leaked screenshots supply more evidence that a Google Maps app for iOS 6 will arrive soon from Google’s own labs.
App developer Ben Guild has posted screenshots of a work-in-progress version of the Google Maps iPhone app. Guild says that the app is currently in Alpha form, so don’t expect to see it land on the App Store within the next two weeks.
The blurry photos of iOS 6 Google Maps aren’t particularly revealing, but Guild does reveal several details about the upcoming app. He says that it’ll use two-finger rotation, like Apple’s much-criticised iOS 6 Maps, it’ll support the iPhone 5 screen and be vector-based. However, Guild doesn’t reveal the source for these screenshots.
Apple iOS 6 Maps has become perhaps the biggest problem surrounding the iPhone 5 launch. The new mapping system is so poor that Apple CEO Tim Cook stepped out to make a public apology, saying “we are extremely sorry for the frustration [iOS 6 Maps] has caused our customers and we are doing everything we can to make Maps better.”
Top issues with Apple’s new maps system include mis-named towns, out-of-date maps and missing public transport information. The best way to get back to good old Google Maps if you have an iOS 6 device is to install the Google Maps website as a web app.
To do this, head to the Google Maps site in the iPhone browser, tap the plus sign then tap “Add to Home Screen”. The site will then appear as an app icon front and centre on the phone.
Apple has not yet told us when it plans to release an update to its own iOS 6 Maps package.
The furore surrounding Maps doesn’t appear to have made a significant dent in iPhone 5 sales. Apple’s new phone sold five million units in its first weekend, although the Maps issue had not seeped into public consciousness at this point. We’ll likely find out more on whether iPhone 5 sales held up following these first few days next week on 23 October, when the iPad mini is expected to launch.
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