If you happen to be one of several million iPhone and iPad users sick to the back teeth of Apple’s Maps app not knowing where you are, where you’re going or how on Earth you’re supposed to get there, the good news is you might be in for sweet relief at last. According to reports published by the Wall Street Journal this week, the Google Maps for iOS 6 release date is just around the corner.
It goes without saying that this is one of the few instances in which taking a step backward feels like an enormous leap in the right direction.
The WSJ reports that the new version of Google Maps for iOS 6 needs no more than a few final “touches” before everything is good to go. That being said, the app has yet to be sent to and approved by Apple for its online App Store, though apparently it has already been given the green light be Apple authorities behind the scenes.
Ever since Apple’s Maps app rolled out as part of the company’s supposedly revolutionary iOS 6 offensive, iPhone and iPad users by the million have been reporting glitches, bugs and errors of quite colossal magnitude. From incorrect labeling of towns and cities to certain places being wiped off the face of the Earth altogether, sufficient time has passed for about 99% of the iOS community to lose all faith in Apple Maps and cry out for a return to Google Maps.
Not exactly what Apple was striving for as part of its efforts to step away from Google and promote complete brand independence.
In addition, Google Maps for iOS 6 will also include turn-by-turn directional navigation, which was excluded from Apple Maps altogether due to an argument between Google and Apple.
The official release date for Google Maps for iOS 6 remains unknown, though the current momentum of the project would seem to suggest an arrival before the end of the year.