Reactions to Apple’s new maps in iOS 6 haven’t been good. For a company that’s typically in the vanguard of innovation, Apple has gone and shot itself in the foot by introducing a noticeably inferior product. So what next? Hopefully a swift update from Apple. Or, better yet, a standalone iOS app from Google. The latter may already be on the way.
According to iOS developer Steve Troughton-Smith, who referenced a report by The Guardian, Google has already submitted a Maps app to Apple. All that’s left is for the Cupertino company to approve it — but who knows how long that will take. Another report from 9to5Mac further corroborates the story by saying an app has been in development for quite a while and is iOS 6 ready.
With Apple receiving so much negative feedback for maps, the call for a solution is getting louder. Google has been in the game for years — Google Maps was on the iPhone since the device was first introduced in 2007 — so it’s reasonable to assume the search giant’s offering will be much better than what Apple offers. But that’s assuming Apple will approve it. It previously took the iPhone-maker a full twelve months to approve Google Voice, so the wait might be long.
It’s ironic that, with Apple doing everything it can to move away from Google, the company’s users are actually rooting for competing software to appear on the platform. If an app has been submitted, hopefully we’ll see it sooner rather than later.