Google Maps App ‘unlikely’ to gain approval from Apple [Update: or, they might]

Ever since, iOS 6 was released, and brought with it Apple’s own controversial Maps application, it has been rumored that Google will save us all by reintroducing its beloved maps onto our iOS devices through the App Store.

But as is the way with rumors, things were overlooked. Notably, it appears that nobody took into consideration that Apple can simply disapprove Google’s app for inclusion in the App Store. But now, as The Guardian reports, Google employees doubt that Apple will allow the Google Maps application to be available on its App Store:

“Sources at Google familiar with its mapping plans say they are “not optimistic” that Apple will ever approve a dedicated Google Maps iOS app. Though the app is reportedly in development and should be ready to ship by the end of the year, the sources say their plans are only proceeding in “the unlikely event” that Apple will choose to approve the app.”

Although Apple does offer alternatives to its wretched mapping system on the App Store, it would come as no surprise if Google Maps never features among them, due to the forever ongoing Apple vs. Google war. However, Tim Cook himself has suggested using the Google’s web-based maps as an alternative to Apple’s own service, so who knows?Perhaps the app will be welcomed with open arms by Apple.

One quick side note, however. Apple is offering alternatives to its own Maps application in the App Store while it works on ironing out the many creases in its shoddy service, so perhaps, by the time Google finishes its speculated Maps application, Apple may have made its mapping system better, thus removing the need for Google to feature on the App Store. However, it’s been said before that this could take years, so perhaps that’s an impractical solution to the problem.

UPDATE: The folks over at CNET are saying that “every developer” fears not having their app accepted by Apple, and that it isn’t surprising that some employees over at Google doubt Apple will approve the app. Apple is very opaque in its approval process, so anyone that has developed for iOS knows it is a “scary” experience waiting to see if your app is approved or not. Not only that, but CNET points out that The Guardian must be forgetting that Tim Cook even advised users to use Google Maps in his open letter. Oh, and don’t forget the “public outcry” that a rejection would cause. Via: CNET


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  • Nate

    And another reason why I left iOS and went 100% Android.