New Google Maps app for iOS has not been submitted to Apple, not coming anytime soon

Ian Hardy

September 25, 2012 8:13am


According to a couple reports today it looks like those iOS 6 users who are looking for Google Maps to come back to iOS will have to wait a bit longer. Both Bloomberg and Reuters have quotes from Google’s Eric Schmidt about the Google/Apple partnership, plus the lack of the popular maps on Apple devices. Bottom line… Google Maps on iOS is not happening anytime soon:

Bloomberg:
“We haven’t done anything yet with Google Maps.” Schmidt told reporters in Tokyo today. Apple would “have to approve it. It’s their choice,” Schmidt said, declining to say if the Mountain View, California-based company submitted an application to Apple for sale through its App Store.

Reuters:
“We think it would have been better if they had kept ours. But what do I know? What were we going to do, force them not to change their mind? It’s their call. We have not done anything yet.”

In the meantime you can always use Apple’s new Maps app, or take Nokia advice and use their browser based mapping solution (Nokia Maps)

  • Amy

    Apple doesn’t want to play with the other kids.

  • Stupid

    He mentioned “it’s their choice” as someone watching a competitor shooting themselves repeatedly in the foot.

    I’m sure it was said with a smile.

  • Mark

    Yup…let the apple rot!

  • InfinitiGuy

    I guess Apple users will be completely lost now.

    • Nathen

      LOL Nah , there were LOST to Begin with.
      When you buy an Iphone4, then upgradeto Iphone4S and now a to another Minor bump to Iphone5 you know there is not going on upstairs.

      Apple People > The light is on ,but there isn’t anyone home.

  • nrj4life

    This is only the beginning. And the customers will suffer because Apple’s head is buried so deep in their a*s. It is a shame but Google, don’t waste your time with an app. At the very least they will approve it and suddenly remove it once their app improves.

  • ns.dev

    Maybe Google is taking their time making an app that works… and figuring out the appropriate subscription plans.

  • Bill

    Heh. I think for the most part Apple Maps are ok in large cities, so most people would be ok with it – with the exception of those relying on transit.

    iOS users are going to think that their lack of decent maps to be a “feature” – kind of like how iOS for the most part still sucks at being a phone (e.g. ringtone profiles?). Bah.

    • EvanKr

      Not even in large cities, I found my suburban house on an iPad running iOS 6, and apparently my house is actually 10 houses north.

    • jonny

      Lots of mistakes in downtown vancouver.

      dont trust their map program at all!

  • Art Vandelay

    Poor sheep….

    • George Costanza

      What do Apple fanboys think of Android? They think it’s “baaaaaaaaaahd”.

  • David

    Apple’s just faking tough. They wanna look almighty by trying to slowly remove Google from their ecosystem but I doubt they got the balls to launch their own search engine and restrict access to Google search or Gmail

  • LeafsFan77

    Google should make them the iOS users pay. Charge $2.99 (or more) for the app.

    As for if Google Maps was submitted and duplicating functionality, really? Google Maps works, iOS Maps does not. No duplication.

    • David

      Agreed. If one can afford $700+tax for a crappy phone then they can afford $3 for a superb map.

    • vn33

      At $2.99, it will sell 5 million copies by the end of the first week !

    • ns.dev

      I think 99c/mth would be a better option.

  • zzZZzz

    “We think it would have been better if they had kept ours. But what do I know? What were we going to do, force them not to change their mind?”
    Literally laughed out loud!
    Thanks MS! Made my morning!

  • iDroidforlife

    I would say Google go a step further and allow access to their web based maps via Chrome only in IOS.

  • jbarns

    making users pay would be counter-intuitive to the Google model…

    I think Google could have really saved the day if they would have worked on something. My guess is all this press will die down in time for the Google Maps to release and won’t make quite the splash.

  • mike

    @IDROIDforLIFE. I could not have said it any better. Google needs to start using it strengths to forge farther ahead in the tech market.

  • Apple Sales Guy

    Today, I am the honest sales guy.

    Apple’s map application was a terrible idea.

    It eats your data and is utterly useless/inaccurate for most rural areas.

    The fly over view is useless too, admittedly.

    Looks like it’s the end for us folk.

    • Nathen

      Question ?

      Can you explain ” It eats your data and ”

      What do you mean it eats your DATA?
      While i think your nuts sometimes at least I admire you honest opinion about it.

  • Patrick

    Missing those google maps days on ios

  • Nathen

    Is TIM COOK really the right guy for APPLE ?

    I don’t know ? I’m starting to think this guy has no idea that SHIT he is stirring.

  • Nathen

    What exactly or why exactly do we need fly over maps?
    I haven’t researched this but I really don’t get the benefit of it ? Maybe for some pilots ?

  • nexus fan

    I think Google is waiting out with the release of their app, so iOS users will come to truly approciate what they are missing. Google wants them to suffer a bit with apple maps so they will come to realize that iPhone and Apple are indeed not the best phone and operating system in the world.
    I also agree that google should charge $0.99 for their maps app on iOS

  • Jeff

    If I was Google I would hold off from making an app for the iphones. The more you make Apple users suffer with Apple maps (and all other default iphone apps) the more likely they won’t be purchasing an iPhone for their next smartphone. It’s time people truly learn how “innovative” Apple really is.

  • abc123

    Google should make every effort to get their maps app back into the app store.

    They need to crush this outbreak called “iOS maps” before it establishes a foothold in the maps world. Apple maps is only going to get better so it is best to kill it before it becomes useful.

    iSheep will be iSheep and they will not abandon their devices due to a crappy maps app. it takes more than this. If an iSheep uses an iDevice but uses nothing but Google services on it, then there might be a chance they will move on because there is no longer an advantage to using that iDevice.

    If anything, they need to make it fail because it would make Apple look bad and that would erode shareholder confidence.