It appears that Google are still putting the final touches on their highly anticipated Google Maps app for iOS 6 – the app that will be the savior of many iOS users it seems. Apple is currently hard at work on desperately improving their own iOS 6 Maps application, but a good portion of consumers are still running iOS 5 on their devices, purely due to the poor performance of Apple’s Maps on iOS 6.
We told you almost two weeks ago, that Google were apparently in the final stage of getting their iOS 6 Maps onto the App Store ready for the anxious approval process, that will needed before the app is available for public download. We haven’t heard any progress from Google though since then, which means that the app may already be on the waiting list, with Apple probably busy deciding whether or not they want a rival mapping app to overwrite customer preference to their own in-house app on iOS6.
A recent report published by Bloomberg, suggests that Apple are frantically trying to work on an upgraded version of iOS 6 Maps in a ‘race against time’, which they hope will change consumers minds and give the app another chance. However, mapping is a service which has to be 100% correct at all times, and after seeing various result errors on Apple’s app, consumers may have already decided that Google Maps is the only alternative.
Furthermore, certain users have even resorted to staying on Apple’s old iOS 5 firmware, simply due to the fact that they want to remain on Google Maps, rather than be forced to use Apple’s own in-house application.
It’s a delicate situation indeed as Apple does want not to be pictured as the ‘evil’ company blocking Google’s attempts to provide an alternative for frustrated consumers, but then again, if Apple does approve the app, they are surely going to see a significant drop in consumers that are using their own maps application.
What are your thoughts on the current maps situation on iOS 6? Apple has apparently fired senior members of their company that were previously responsible for releasing the maps app in its current state that you are using at the moment. Do you welcome this bold move in the hope that the software is improved, so that you can take a second look?
How many of you are actually still on iOS 5 as we mentioned above? Will you update the moment that Google releases Maps for iOS 6?