Hey, iPhone users, get ready to party! The Google Maps app for the iPhone is now back! Google announced Wednesday that they released their Maps app for iOS. We now have a great alternative to Apple’s built-in maps app. Remember how bad Apple Maps was? Apple Maps stank so much that CEO Tim Cook was forced to apologize publicly for it. Kicking Google Maps out of their smartphone was such a bad idea.
The Apple smartphones used to have Google Maps as their built-in mapping app. In fact, since the release of the first generation of the iPhone Apple has used Google Maps. This changed when Apple released the iOS 6, which was launched alongside the iPhone 5 in September. Upon its release, millions of iPhone users who updated their phones to the latest iOS complained about having been misdirected by Apple Maps due to misplaced landmarks and misnamed places.
Tim Cook, CEO of Apple Inc., apologized to users weeks after the release of the iPhone 5 and said, “With the launch of our new Maps last week, we fell short ... We are extremely sorry for the frustration this has caused our customers and we are doing everything we can to make Maps better.”
Surprisingly, Scott Forstall, Head of Apple Mobile Software (who worked with the late CEO Steve Jobs at NeXT until Apple bought the company in 1997) did not sign the letter of apology. He then resigned during a management disturbance. The man behind Apple Maps, Richard Williamson, also followed and left the Cupertino-based company.
On the bright side, while we are waiting for a cleaner Apple Maps, let’s rejoice that the new Google Maps app is now available on the iPhone 5!
Google rolled out their standalone maps app in more than 40 countries. The app now has voice-activated, turn-by-turn directions. This used to be available only on the Android version of the app.
Google Maps Mobile director, Daniel Graf said, “The world around us is constantly changing and, thanks to feedback from you, we make tens of thousands of daily updates to keep Google Maps accurate and comprehensive.”
Take a look at Google's promotional video for their new iPhone app:
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Aldrin Norwood is a resident blogger for Cash for Smartphones. A certified multimedia geek, he lives and breathes smartphone news and updates. Born from a family of writers- reinforced by his degree in English Studies- his work had been cited Honorable Mention on the Genoveva Edroza-Matute Literary Awards in 2011- Essay Division, and had been the Editor-in-Chief of his university’s official publication. He mostly writes about philosophy, pop culture, movies, literature, and technology, specifically about the smartphone industry.