Native Google Maps iOS App Coming Soon
The change to Apple’s own Maps application instead of Google Maps has been a hit and miss for many people. It is almost like giving out an unfinished product to the mass whereas the previous one had already been doing much good already. As far as Google is concerned, the change was definitely unexpected because the company has yet to have a working iOS app for Google Maps. However, Wall Street Journal said that will soon change.
As mentioned by WSJ, Google had recently distributed a test version of Google Maps to a few individuals outside of the company. Their source also mentioned that Google is working out on some kinks before submitting the application to the Apple App Store. The approval for this application has yet to be known but expect rigorous checking by Apple before it is approved.
One of the new features that you are expected to get is turn-by-turn navigation, a feature that was not made available even on the old Maps application. However, as mentioned before, it might be a while before Apple approves it or not. To get it by this year might even be a rush considering that the iTunes Connect will be closed for a whole week from 21 to 28 December.