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A set of images released on Sunday reveal what is claimed to be Google's anticipated Google Maps app for iOS, suggesting the internet search giant is well into the process of developing standalone software after Apple ditched its mapping services with iOS 6.

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Photo of alleged native iOS Google Maps app. | Source: Ben Guild


As noted by Forbes, Developer Ben Guild posted what are apparently photographs of an iDevice running a native version of Google Maps, which he says is currently in the alpha testing phase.

It is unclear how Guild acquired the photographs, or if they are legitimate, however the developer claims to have further inside knowledge on the supposed app, writing:
  • It?s vector-based.
  • It?s got two-finger rotation to any angle.
  • It?s super fast.
  • 4-inch height of the iPhone 5 is supported!

Google is expected to offer its mapping service on iOS sometime soon, though an exact timeline remains nebulous and the recent news of alpha testing hint that the software is months away.

Google Maps Closeups


Apple replaced the Google Maps-powered Maps app in iOS 6 with a proprietary solution that has been criticized for a lack of features and incorrect data, among other operating issues. The iOS Maps fiasco prompted Apple CEO Tim Cook to offer an apology to users, saying the service will get better over time.

Subsequent reports revealed the Cupertino-based company had a year left on its contract with Google Maps, but decided to move to its own mapping service despite warnings from developers that the product was fraught with problems. Some speculated the move was driven by disagreements over free turn-by-turn directions, a long-standing feature of Google Maps for Android that was never seen on the iOS iteration.
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This is huge!

So huge that it’s impossible to stand back far enough to photograph the entire screen.

I’ll be glad to have it for the occasional Street View check, and for transit (Google’s site already does all this on iPhone, but an app would be nicer).

But I don’t expect to use it much... people seem to be figuring out that iOS 6 Maps is actually pretty good in daily use. (Even if they have forgotten all the errors they still run into with Google Maps. Google seems to get a free pass on errors that cause a furor when it’s Apple! Funny how people loved TomTom and Waze, but now that data’s suddenly not good enough with Apple in the picture...)
post #3 of 78
I can see Bigfoot in these hinty photos. Why not post complete screenshots instead of these teasers? Unless it's not real.

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post #4 of 78

I don't need Google Maps anymore thank you.

post #5 of 78
And this will be as useful to most users as Chrome is on iOS.

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post #6 of 78
It'll be good to have as an option but I'll probably use Apple maps unless it can't find something.
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Originally Posted by Suddenly Newton View Post
Why not post complete screenshots instead of these teasers? Unless it's not real.

 

Same reason the original iPad leaked pictures were only partial and in the dark like this, probably. Those were real, while the "Office on iOS" images of this type so far haven't been.

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Am I the only person who likes the new Maps app? It fixes a few of my pet peeves including the fact that the old app's route highlighter blocked the traffic. I've found it to be accurate every time I've tried to use it and it's much faster on my 3G iPhone 4.
post #9 of 78
Apple maps is great, but leaving out public transit was a huge mistake, that's got to be the main reason I even used Maps.
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For everyone NOT living in the USA this is pretty cool. Currently Apple maps puts my place of work about 120km in the wrong direction in Australia, and my second home in Germany is only rendered in black and white. I mean black and white serious WTF?

I know I am only in the 3% of IOS user bothered by the shitty apple maps, but to me personally it matters enough to wait patiently to upgrade to IOS6 and am holding of on buying a IPhone5.

In the meantime I'm starting to look around for alternatives to replace my apple gear, cause without maps I don't need an Iphone. Without an IPhone I need a different media player, so I don't need I-Tunes and without I-Tunes I don't need my Apple TV. And subsequently can also move my dev platform from OS-X back to Linux, and if I do that I don't need to pay premium for a mac book pro.

All because of a simple stupid maps app. Crazy.
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I expect this is going to happen sooner or later. Google can't afford to give up this prime customer base and be left with just the Android low-enders.

I think Apple should, and will, allow them to go about it the same way that anyone else with an App would. I am looking forward to seeing the outcome of this horse race -- unless Google can offer their most cutting edge product, it won't fly.
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Originally Posted by Marcel655 View Post
All because of a simple stupid maps app. Crazy.

 

Yeah, it is pretty crazy to spend thousands of dollars and waste all that time to fix a problem that doesn't really exist.

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Am I the only person who likes the new Maps app? It fixes a few of my pet peeves including the fact that the old app's route highlighter blocked the traffic. I've found it to be accurate every time I've tried to use it and it's much faster on my 3G iPhone 4.

 

A recent survey found that 9/10 iPhone 5 users are having no issues with maps. And that number will increase everyday as it improves. So no, you're not alone. Not by a long shot. Don't be tricked into thinking that the hyper-sensationalized hysteria on the internet has anything to do with reality. I don't remember the last time internet reactions (tech-blog, comment sections, etc) have been in line with reactions in the real world. The majority of people have no issues with maps, myself included. The minority that do are extremely vocal about it. Look at someone like iSheldon, who has accumulated at least a few hundred posts trolling it. 

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For everyone NOT living in the USA this is pretty cool. Currently Apple maps puts my place of work about 120km in the wrong direction in Australia, and my second home in Germany is only rendered in black and white. I mean black and white serious WTF?
I know I am only in the 3% of IOS user bothered by the shitty apple maps, but to me personally it matters enough to wait patiently to upgrade to IOS6 and am holding of on buying a IPhone5.
In the meantime I'm starting to look around for alternatives to replace my apple gear, cause without maps I don't need an Iphone. Without an IPhone I need a different media player, so I don't need I-Tunes and without I-Tunes I don't need my Apple TV. And subsequently can also move my dev platform from OS-X back to Linux, and if I do that I don't need to pay premium for a mac book pro.
All because of a simple stupid maps app. Crazy.


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I expect this is going to happen sooner or later. Google can't afford to give up this prime customer base and be left with just the Android low-enders.
I think Apple should, and will, allow them to go about it the same way that anyone else with an App would. I am looking forward to seeing the outcome of this horse race -- unless Google can offer their most cutting edge product, it won't fly.


Competition brings out the best in Google.  Before that, I cannot have my turn by turn navigation.

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Originally Posted by Marcel655 View Post

For everyone NOT living in the USA this is pretty cool. Currently Apple maps puts my place of work about 120km in the wrong direction in Australia, and my second home in Germany is only rendered in black and white. I mean black and white serious WTF?
I know I am only in the 3% of IOS user bothered by the shitty apple maps, but to me personally it matters enough to wait patiently to upgrade to IOS6 and am holding of on buying a IPhone5.
In the meantime I'm starting to look around for alternatives to replace my apple gear, cause without maps I don't need an Iphone. Without an IPhone I need a different media player, so I don't need I-Tunes and without I-Tunes I don't need my Apple TV. And subsequently can also move my dev platform from OS-X back to Linux, and if I do that I don't need to pay premium for a mac book pro.
All because of a simple stupid maps app. Crazy.

 

Yeah, cause, you know, having the satellite imagery of your house temporarily in black & white really affects your life, or something. Also. I'd hope you can find your way to your workplace by now. But yeah, your decision to change operating systems and dev platforms and spend thousands of dolars buying new products and transitioning workflows because of a single app (that has alternatives) is completely justified. 

 

As I said, the people bitching the most about maps online are fringe cases like the above, with extreme, hysterical reactions. 

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... am only in the 3% of IOS ... the shitty apple maps...... IPhone5. .... Iphone. Without an IPhone.... I-Tunes and without I-Tunes .... OS-X .... mac book pro.

Hey, just so you know the next time you post: it's iOS, Apple, iPhone, iTunes, OS X, and MacBook Pro.

 

If you were actually using an Apple device to post, it would have (helpfully) corrected you. ;-)

 

PS: Apple came up with this naming convention just to make it easy-peasy to catch the fraudsters! lol.gif

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Hey, just so you know the next time you post: it's iOS, Apple, iPhone, iTunes, OS X, and MacBook Pro.

 

If you were actually using an Apple device to post, it would have (helpfully) corrected you. ;-)

 

PS: Apple came up with this naming convention just to make it easy-peasy to catch the fraudsters! lol.gif

 

No kidding. I can't wrap my mind around someone that can't the damn product names right. I mean, capitalizing the i AND adding a dash? I'd say someone who spells the products like that while claiming to own them is completely full of shit. He managed to mangle every single product name. 

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Too little too late? Apples maps app has already significantly improved its backend data since I upgraded my phone on day one of the rollout. If google had been ready that day I likely would have changed, stuck maps in a folder, and forgotten about it. Instead it improved, and while not perfect, is not wrong any more often than google used to be. And was the old maps correctable? Now when something is off I just drag the pin, report it, and damned if it isn't better in a few weeks. I don't recall that with google....

Sorry google, your window of oppertunity was measured in Internet time. You are now waaaaaaay too late.
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Too little too late? Apples maps app has already significantly improved its backend data since I upgraded my phone on day one of the rollout. If google had been ready that day I likely would have changed, stuck maps in a folder, and forgotten about it. Instead it improved, and while not perfect, is not wrong any more often than google used to be. And was the old maps correctable? Now when something is off I just drag the pin, report it, and damned if it isn't better in a few weeks. I don't recall that with google....
Sorry google, your window of oppertunity was measured in Internet time. You are now waaaaaaay too late.

 

..and imagine how much further it would have improved by Christmas. I predict Google maps will make very little impact. Google lost a golden opportunity.. by Eric Schmidt's own admission, they'd know 'for a long time' that Apple were moving to their own maps. If they were forward thinking they would have had the app ready by launch day, or shortly after, and would have benefitted from all the media attention and got good adoption. Now, their maps will hardly make a blip, since it will be released near the end of the year, or maybe even 2013. 

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Apple's Maps are absolutely fine for me and I see no need for this. F off google. Vector baesd because of Apple once again paving the way. I don't like copy cat apps. Just like I don't buy copy cat phones. Apple all the way for me.
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I don't use either and I am sure there are plenty of people here in the same boat. I, however use other third parties mapping and navigation apps that use one of these map back-ends so I think I just side with Apple and stick with the default map.
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Originally Posted by dfergenson View Post

Am I the only person who likes the new Maps app? It fixes a few of my pet peeves including the fact that the old app's route highlighter blocked the traffic. I've found it to be accurate every time I've tried to use it and it's much faster on my 3G iPhone 4.

Nope.  The new Maps is blindingly fast and after having used it for 2000+ miles navigating back roads across the US, I found it MORE accurate than Google's Maps.

 

Opps.

 

Google's data is more complete and it really has more data points and points of interest but Apple's database is not tiny and, hopefully, it will get better.

 

NOTE: There are some real issues with the New Apple Maps but they are not nearly as bad as all the people that have not actually used them are making them out to be.  Also note, in all my travels, I have once been in a city that could use Google's transit directions and they were wrong.  I find Street View worthless (and always have).

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Yawn...
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Originally Posted by djkikrome View Post

Apple's Maps are absolutely fine for me and I see no need for this. F off google. Vector baesd because of Apple once again paving the way. I don't like copy cat apps. Just like I don't buy copy cat phones. Apple all the way for me.

Google has had vector maps on Android for awhile now.

 

BTW: When is AI going to get rid of the POS editor for comments?  Why did they disable the right-click to get spelling mistakes fixed?  Paste as the only option?  WTF?

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Originally Posted by Marcel655 View Post

For everyone NOT living in the USA this is pretty cool. Currently Apple maps puts my place of work about 120km in the wrong direction in Australia, and my second home in Germany is only rendered in black and white. I mean black and white serious WTF?
I know I am only in the 3% of IOS user bothered by the shitty apple maps, but to me personally it matters enough to wait patiently to upgrade to IOS6 and am holding of on buying a IPhone5.
In the meantime I'm starting to look around for alternatives to replace my apple gear, cause without maps I don't need an Iphone. Without an IPhone I need a different media player, so I don't need I-Tunes and without I-Tunes I don't need my Apple TV. And subsequently can also move my dev platform from OS-X back to Linux, and if I do that I don't need to pay premium for a mac book pro.
All because of a simple stupid maps app. Crazy.

It must be really hard waking up each morning not knowing where you work or how to get there.

Did you forget the sarcasm tag or something?
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In the meantime I'm starting to look around for alternatives to replace my apple gear, cause without maps I don't need an Iphone. Without an IPhone I need a different media player, so I don't need I-Tunes and without I-Tunes I don't need my Apple TV. And subsequently can also move my dev platform from OS-X back to Linux, and if I do that I don't need to pay premium for a mac book pro.

All because of a simple stupid maps app. Crazy."


This HAS to be a joke... Completely abandoning Apple because Version 1 of their Maps app isn't perfect??? There are other apps that will fill the gap until Apple gets Maps up to speed.. Or if you worship Google, just use Google Maps in your browser...

Oh, and Apple Maps has no problem finding my THIRD home... Of course it is rather large..%uD83D%uDE04
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It must be really hard waking up each morning not knowing where you work or how to get there.
Did you forget the sarcasm tag or something?

I think it's a genuine comment. If Apple's maps can't find your most basic places of work, home and other close to home areas, how can you trust it for places where you have never been before. The maps app has been about 80% correct for me up here in Canada, which is good for the most part, but can sometimes be a pain if you have to cross check the map with another to make sure you are going to the right location. It will get better over time, no doubt. Just gotta be patient. (Don't go throwing everything away because of one app though, that's dumb)
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For everyone NOT living in the USA this is pretty cool. Currently Apple maps puts my place of work about 120km in the wrong direction in Australia, and my second home in Germany is only rendered in black and white. I mean black and white serious WTF?
I know I am only in the 3% of IOS user bothered by the shitty apple maps, but to me personally it matters enough to wait patiently to upgrade to IOS6 and am holding of on buying a IPhone5.
In the meantime I'm starting to look around for alternatives to replace my apple gear, cause without maps I don't need an Iphone. Without an IPhone I need a different media player, so I don't need I-Tunes and without I-Tunes I don't need my Apple TV. And subsequently can also move my dev platform from OS-X back to Linux, and if I do that I don't need to pay premium for a mac book pro.
All because of a simple stupid maps app. Crazy.

Good Ridden.

 

Notice it is mapS and it will blow goof map away in a year's time.

 

But do Apple needs a whiner?

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Google Chrome...sorry, Safari...on iOS

 

Google Gmail update on iOS.

 

Google Maps on iOS...again, sometime.

 

Who.

 

Cares.

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Originally Posted by Marcel655 View Post

For everyone NOT living in the USA this is pretty cool. Currently Apple maps puts my place of work about 120km in the wrong direction in Australia, and my second home in Germany is only rendered in black and white. I mean black and white serious WTF?
I know I am only in the 3% of IOS user bothered by the shitty apple maps, but to me personally it matters enough to wait patiently to upgrade to IOS6 and am holding of on buying a IPhone5.
In the meantime I'm starting to look around for alternatives to replace my apple gear, cause without maps I don't need an Iphone. Without an IPhone I need a different media player, so I don't need I-Tunes and without I-Tunes I don't need my Apple TV. And subsequently can also move my dev platform from OS-X back to Linux, and if I do that I don't need to pay premium for a mac book pro.
All because of a simple stupid maps app. Crazy.

Shouldn't you be posting this on /. where the planet's 250 Linux circle jerks will praise you for returning to lick Richard Stallman's bare, unwashed feet?

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If this comes out I will be able to buy the iPhone 5. The Apple Maps app is useless.
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Good Ridden.

Notice it is mapS and it will blow goof map away in a year's time.

But do Apple needs a whiner?

It's got to be a complete fabrication. I mean, if you (and by that I mean Marcel655, not you) own and iPhone and an AppleTV, and you have content authorized in the iTunes ecosystem, and you do development on OS X, which implies you use a Mac, and your sole justification for leaving the entire Apple ecosystem is that iOS 6 maps draws your second home in Germany in black and white, because OMFG what an insult if your German castle is not rendered in every fucking color of the goddamned rainbow, twice. That's not just throwing the baby out with the bath water, it's also killing the baby's mother and father for conceiving the baby, destroying the bathtub that held the bath water, and going to war with the goddamned nation where the baby was taking the aforementioned bath.

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Google Chrome...sorry, Safari...on iOS

Google Gmail update on iOS.

Google Maps on iOS...again, sometime.

Who.

Cares.

I do. You aren't the center of the world.

And to everybody whining at that Linux guy, you're just a bunch of babies, he doesn't like the same thing that you do so what? Grow up.
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I do. You aren't the center of the world.
And to everybody whining at that Linux guy, you're just a bunch of babies, he doesn't like the same thing that you do so what? Grow up.

I like the way that iOS and OSX autocorrect the spelling of Apple product names, I ALS like the way emoji are invisible to F0⃣0⃣L💲❗
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I do. You aren't the center of the world.
And to everybody whining at that Linux guy, you're just a bunch of babies, he doesn't like the same thing that you do so what? Grow up.

 

Can you provide a link proving that I aren't the center of the world?

 

Can anybody confirm that there is a possibility that I may be the center of the world?

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See, this is why Google needs/wants to be on iOS. Apple doesn't need Google. Google needs Apple and not for the reasons you're thinking of. Google can't afford to lose search engine competition to others like MS. It was always their plan to make an iOS app after being dumped by Apple. You aren't anything unless you're on iOS (for now at least).

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Can you provide a link proving that I aren't the center of the world?

 

Can anybody confirm that there is a possibility that I may be the center of the world?


If you can stand the pressure and the heat :p

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If you can stand the pressure and the heat 1tongue.gif
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inner_core

Of course I can.

How else could I be replying to you?
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Shouldn't you be posting this on /. where the planet's 250 Linux circle jerks will praise you for returning to lick Richard Stallman's bare, unwashed feet?

Ha ha.

 

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