I am one of the many iPhone 5, iOS 6 users that is unhappy that Apple can’t play nice and took away Google Maps. Yes—I know all about “big business,” but I thought best business practices and a company like Apple put the customer first. Wrong.
Okay—I was only somewhat unhappy about the loss of Google Maps because what I really needed was turn-by-turn which is why I purchased the $49.99 Garmin app for my iPhone 4S. It worked just fine. I used Google Maps for walking in cities, when I wanted to check out general directions and to check out the street view before I got into the car. And since no GPS is 100 percent accurate I would compare the two to see which one was giving me the best directions.
My biggest issue was that Apple took something away. I was naive to assume that they would replace Google Maps with something equally as good or actually better. While I didn’t have any personal problems in my first outing using the new Maps for iOS 6, I have heard that Apple Maps for iOS 6 has wiped some cities clear off the “Map.” Now that’s not a good thing. So I am setting out to find a better app.
In doing my research for a round up of map apps for iOS 6, I thought I’d see just what would work from Google on iOS 6 when I found their site for Google Maps Navigation which is currently in beta. Oh—it’s only for Android users. I know—I get it. It’s a war of the businesses. Okay Google—at least offer a version us iOS folks can pay for. Clearly we don’t mind plunking down serious money for stuff we like.
Check out the slide show to see what Google Maps Navigation looks like.