Google may have submitted a Maps app for iOS

Not all coverage of iOS 6 has been positive, with Apple’s decision to cut Google Maps in favour of its own solution coming in for widespread criticism. Now it appears Apple might be bailed out by a somewhat embarrassing source – Google itself.

According to several online reports, Google is readying a native Google Maps app for iOS. The Guardian has been informed that the jilted search giant “is enjoying the bad press Apple is suffering,” and that it is “preparing a Google Maps app for iOS 6, which will appear in time.”

This prompted iPhone developer Steve Troughton-Smith – who tends to be in the know with Apple-related rumours – to tweet a confirmation of this report with a short, sweet “Yep.”

Elsewhere, 9to5Mac has also confirmed the Guardian report, but takes things even further. “We heard Google has had a separate version of its iOS Maps app for quite a while that goes back years,” reads the report. Apparently “an updated iOS 6 version has been submitted to Apple.”

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The only problem, says the report, is that the approval process might take some time. Even then, there’s no guarantee the app would see the light of day. Apple could conceivably reject it on the grounds of its duplicating native iOS functionality.

Of course, a Google app release would by no means be unprecedented. Just recently when Apple removed its own YouTube app from iOS, Google was on hand to supply its own (immeasurably superior) app to the App Store.

But of course, there was no Apple equivalent to compete with it at that point, and Google’s efforts proved to be in the best interests of both parties. That certainly wouldn’t be the case with iOS 6’s mapping situation.

In fact, Google sweeping in with its own map app would likely be seen as an embarrassing failure on Apple’s part. Hopefully this doesn’t drag on, as the main loser will be the customers stuck with a sub-standard map app.

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