Hold your breath folks, it looks like there is an official Google Maps for iOS in the works, but it probably won’t land for a few months. At least, that’s according to a report in the New York Times. They say:
Google is developing a maps application for iPhone and iPad that it is seeking to finish by the end of the year, according to people involved with the effort
Apparently the delay is because Google was blindsided by Apple dropping them as the source for maps. The above article in the New York Times and The Verge are both reporting that Apple opted out of Google’s services with a year still left on the agreement between the companies.
Google only heard that Apple was ditching them in June, the same as the rest of us. Since then, Google’s been scrambling to get together a high quality app to release. Apparently, part of the delay is due to Google wanting to fold in the 3D imagery from Google Earth into Google Maps.
So it looks like we will see a Google Maps app, but it won’t be for quite some time.
UPDATE: Apparently the split was over turn-by-turn navigation.