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Developer posts screenshots of forthcoming Google Maps app

A lot of users are disappointed that Apple replaced the Google Maps app in iOS 6 with its own mapping solution. There was good reason, of course, for Apple to do this. It was the only way that Apple could keep up with the competition, since Google was withholding features that have become standard on Android phones, such as spoken turn-by-turn directions and vector-based maps. Rumors have suggested that Google would develop a new version of their Maps app and make it available in the App Store. Now a developer who claims to be running a very early (alpha) version of Google's Maps app for the iPhone has posted some grainy screenshots of the app. He says that it is vector-based, has two-finger rotation to any angle, is super fast, and supports the iPhone 5's four-inch display. 

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Jim Karpen holds a Ph.D. in literature and writing, and has a love of gizmos. His doctoral dissertation focused on the revolutionary consequences of digital technologies and anticipated some of the developments taking place in the industry today. Jim has been writing about the Internet and technology since 1994 and has been using Apple's visionary products for decades.