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Leaked Images Purportedly Show Google Maps iOS App

By - Source: Ben Guild | B 7 comments

App is based on vectors and features two-finger rotation component that can achieve any angle.

Blurry images have surfaced that purportedly showcases a Google Map app for iOS.

Developer Dan Guild revealed the allegedly leaked photos of an iPhone running a native version of Google Maps. He said the app is apparently in its alpha stage.

Guild added that the yet-to-be-announced app is vector-base, which paves the way for two-finger rotation to achieve any angle. It's also "super fast" and is compatible with the height of the iPhone 5's 4-inch screen.

Apple removed the official Google Maps app via iOS 6's launch, consequently replacing it with its own maps app. However, in what's now known as Mapgate, the app didn't leave users satisfied through its extensive list of flaws. Apple, however, decided to release the app despite concerns expressed by developers prior to iOS 6's release.

Ultimately, CEO Tim Cook apologized for the flaws of the app in an open apology letter, with the company going as far as hiring former Google developers to improve the maps app, which has since led to signs of improvements.

While Apple seemingly wants to remove every trace of Google Maps from iOS, speculation has suggested that a native Google Maps app will arrive sometime during 2013.

While you wait for the official Google Maps app to return on iOS, take a look at the top 12 alternatives to Apple's maps app.

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    soo-nah-mee , October 15, 2012 6:42 PM
    damianrobertjonesPlease... don't buy it!Apple: "Hey Google, do you want to make millions?"Google, "Heck yes!"Apple, "well, the contract is up soon so we'll push our own maps app..."Google: "Umm, how does this work for us?"Apple: "Millions will buy the iphone 5, see how crappy maps is and they'll buy your app"Google: "Ahh, yeah, which will give you time to bring your app up to speed. Win win!"$$$$$$$$$$
    ...Because Google charges so much money for their apps. :rolleyes:
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    john15v16 , October 15, 2012 7:33 PM
    yo Zak my man...way too many Tomshardware apple/iphone articles...almost 1/4 of this article is laden with links to other apple articles on relatively the same issue...c'mon man there has to be more going on in the industry than just this..
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    koga73 , October 15, 2012 8:12 PM
    next thing you know apple will be blocking access to maps.google.com
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    Filiprino , October 15, 2012 10:25 PM
    Google could charge $0.10 for the app.
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    panini , October 16, 2012 12:22 AM
    FiliprinoGoogle could charge $0.10 for the app.

    Minimum price on the app store is $0.99
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    freggo , November 19, 2012 12:41 PM
    Doesn't Apple have to approve each App?
    If so, what does make Google think that Apple will let the App into their closed walled garden of Evil ?
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