Google Maps app for iOS reportedly hitting the App Store tonight [UPDATED]Alex Wagner - Editorial Director of News and Content
The rumor mill has been claiming for several months now that Google is planning to release a Maps app for iOS after Apple substituted Google's maps for its own in iOS 6. The latest report alleges that that app will finally make the jump from rumor to reality tonight, as AllThingsD has been told by unnamed sources that the Google Maps app for iOS will be making its way into the App Store tonight. Unfortunately, there aren't any actual details about the app itself included in the report. When asked for a comment on the rumor, Google didn't respond and an Apple spokesperson unsurprisingly declined to issue a statement.
Shortly after iOS 6 was released to the public, users began having issues with Apple's new Maps app, including deformed images and landmarks that were in the incorrect location. Apple CEO Tim Cook apologized for the performance of the Maps app and promised that they'd get better with use, and more recently Apple exec Eddy Cue was placed in charge of Maps and fired the manager of the team so that he could install new leadership. However, none of that hasn't stopped iOS users for clamoring for an official maps app from Google.
The details of the Google Maps app for iOS are still up in the air, it's rumored that one of the big features will be turn-by-turn navigation. Whether or not iOS users will be navigating with an official Google Maps app later tonight remains to be seen, but a report from around a month ago did claim that Google was "putting the finishing touches" on the app. We'll be sure to keep an eye on the App Store tonight an update you if the Google Maps app does indeed go live.
UPDATE: The official Google Maps app for iOS has officially been released on the App Store. The app weighs in at 6.7MB, requires iOS 5.1 or higher and is compatible with the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (third generation through fifth generation) and the iPad. Google Maps can be found in the App Store right here.