We’re all eagerly anticipating the eventual arrival of Google Maps for iOS 6 — there was even a rumor that it was already submitted. Unfortunately, the word direct from the horse’s mouth is that that hasn’t happened yet.
Talking to Reuters, Google’s Eric Schmidt said that the company had not submitted Google Maps to Apple, saying “we have not done anything yet.” Schmidt also said:
“We think it would have been better if they had kept ours. But what do I know? What were we going to do, force them not to change their mind? It’s their call.”
Similarly, Bloomberg reports that Google “will need [Apple’s] approval to offer its maps application”.
The way Schmidt has worded this is at least a little open to interpretation. When Reuters says something like this:
Schmidt said Google and Apple were in constant communication “at all kinds of levels.” But he said any decision on whether Google Maps would be accepted as an application in the Apple App Store would have to be made by Apple.
You can either take that to mean that Google Maps is submitted and waiting approval, or that Google is waiting to submit until Apple tells them the app is wanted. Regardless, it’s up to Apple now.
Either way, us users are faced with a rather unpleasant situation. Either get used to Maps, grab a third party solution, or sit on our thumbs and wait for Google Maps to eventually arrive.