We were only talking recently about how Google Maps App for iPhone and iPad users was in the works and while we were not given any particular date of release, the growing amount of criticism that Apple’s own version of maps was getting surely led us to believe that a release could be expected sooner than later. Well, the wait is now over for all those using Apple devices as Google has indeed come out with the standalone come out with a feature packed Google Maps app for all Apple devices running on iOS5.1 and later.
Google did supply the map function for Apple until the advent of iOS6, where both the parties apparently parted ways as Google reportedly refused to offer the turn by turn navigation feature for its maps on iOS. While this prompted Apple to launch their own version of the maps that has been nothing short of a disaster as it was filled with errors that led to great embarrassment for the company. The following events saw the reported firing of iOS software chief Scott Forstall and Richard Williamson and also a public apology from Apple CEO Tim Cook.
But the real solace for iPhone and iPad users across the globe comes now as the new Google Maps App comes to the iTunes Store with a plethora of features that include turn-by-turn driving directions, 360-degree street view and live traffic updates. It seems like every time Apple try to get rid of Google from their iPhone and iPad screens, Google comes back with chart topping apps that offer a multitude of amazing new features for consumers.
It started with the release of the Gmail App, continued with the YouTube App and seems to have come full circle with the Google Maps App. While the delay was a bit inconvenient, none of the Apple users seem to be complaining about the new dynamic that is ultimately benefiting them!