But there’s good news today, as the rumoured Google Maps app for iOS 6 has come to fruition. Woohoo! And good timing, too; I’m heading to London as I write, and I have no idea where I’m going.
Of course, it was possible to pop a Google Maps shortcut on your iOS 6 homescreen. Heck, Apple even provided instructions. But it wasn’t the same.
Well, full-fat Google Maps is back, baby, and it’s available to download right now from the App Store. There’s no iPad version just yet (can’t see many people being too bothered), but iPhone and iPod touch users can install it right now. It’s even optimised for the iPhone 5’s display. Lovely.
Google Maps for iOS 6 brings all the usual features you know and love, so there’s voice guided turn-by-turn navigation, public transport directions (something famously missing from Apple’s offering), and 360-degree panoramas in Street View.
Unfortunately, iOS 6 apps will still tie in to the default Apple Maps, but Google has released an SDK for future releases.
Good stuff. And that'll keep the cops happy.