Report: Google Maps app nearly ready to submit to Apple

Apple's own Maps app, which in iOS 6 replaced Google's Maps app, has received a lot of complaints. Even though it offers turn-by-turn directions, which Google's offering lacked, it has been criticized as being flawed and not as accurate as Google's offering, as well as lacking the popular Street View feature. Soon after Google's Maps app was booted off iOS devices by Apple, rumors began that Google was developing a Maps app for iOS devices and would submit it to Apple for approval. Then came rumors that Apple, due to its battles with Google, wouldn't approve the app. There were also rumors that the app may never appear, and that at the very least it was months away. But according to AppleInsider, Thursday the Wall Street Journal reported that the app is virually complete and Google is putting the finishing touches on it. And an article on InformationWeek says that it's virtually certain that Apple will approve the app, based on other precedents. I hope the author is right. It will be great to have these excellent options for mapping software from Google and also Nokia. 

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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.