NYT: Google Maps Is Coming To iOS By The End Of The Year

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This is coming back to iOS... you'll just have to wait for it.
This is coming back to iOS... you'll just have to wait for it.

We’ve heard a lot of rumors surrounding a Google Maps app for iOS over the past week, and now The New York Times is weighing in with information from its own sources. Fortunately, it’s good news: it claims Google is indeed working on a Maps app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, and that the company is hoping to have it ready and released by the end of this year.

Why’s it taking so long? Well, Google had no idea Apple was kicking Google Maps out of iOS until Apple first previewed iOS 6 back in June.

Google Confirms It Is Yet To Submit Its Own Maps App To Apple

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Google Maps is gone in iOS 6, but some users are desperate to get it back.
This isn't coming back just yet.

With Google Maps gone from iOS 6 in favor of Apple’s own solution, many are hoping Google will bring its own Maps app to the App Store — as it did with YouTube a couple weeks ago. A recent report claimed that it was already on its way, but according to Google chairman Eric Schmidt, that’s not the case at all. In fact, Google hasn’t even submitted a Maps app to Apple for approval yet.

Developer Gets Google Maps Working Under iOS 6 With ‘A Little Trickery’ [Video]

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Google Maps is gone in iOS 6, but some users are desperate to get it back.
Google Maps is gone in iOS 6, but some users are desperate to get it back.

iOS jailbreak developer Ryan Petrich has successfully gotten the old iOS Maps app, which was powered by Google and boasted features like Street View and walking directions, running under iOS 6. The port is said to be unstable at the moment, but it’s working, and with a little more work, it could be available in all its glory to users with jailbroken iOS devices.

Apple Seeks Developers To Fix Its New Maps App Following Widespread Criticism

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This kind of thing is all too familiar in iOS 6.
This kind of thing is all too familiar in iOS 6.

Job listings on Apple’s website reveal it is currently seeking developers to help fix its newly-released Maps app, which has received widespread criticism since making its debut in iOS 6 on Wednesday. The company is calling for software engineers who will be tasked with “road rendering,” and “creating new and innovative features.”