Google Maps for iOS Hits the App Store

Posted in Apple News, Apps, iOS on 13/12/2012 by J. Glenn Künzler


After weeks of rumors and speculation, and a leak from AllThingsD a few hours ago, Google has finally released their official Maps app for iOS, offering users dissapointed with Apple’s Maps app the chance to switch back to the Google Maps navigation they have come to know and trust.

 Aside from bring back long-time Google Maps features to iOS users, the new Google Maps app also brings several new features and improvements, such as turn-by-turn directions, public transit directions  Street View, and the ability to sync and store your search history with your Google Account.

Navigate your world with Google Maps, now available for iPhone. Get comprehensive, accurate and easy-to-use maps with built-in Google local search, voice guided turn-by-turn navigation, public transit directions, Street View and more. Use Google Maps to discover great places to eat, drink, shop and play, with ratings and reviews from people you trust. Sign in to save your favorite places and quickly access all your past searches and directions from your computer, right on your phone.

The app is still circulating through Apple’s system, so if you are having issues downloading the app, keep in mind that it can take some time for the app to fully circulate through various servers across the globe. Google Maps for iOS is a free download from the App Store.

Update: All server and download issues now fixed – go get the app if you haven’t already!

  • Tinny

    So they finally added turn by turn. They could have avoided thousand of lost people if they added it to builtin-app at first

    • Don’t Hate

      Apple was in charge of the App, besides its already the number 1 Free App

  • This video was a complete waste of electrons…but I love Google Maps. I’m glad they grew up and let iOS users have it. Actually, they were probably just being snide and did it to make Apple look bad. Eh. Either way.


J. Glenn Künzler

Glenn is Managing Editor at MacTrast, and has been using a Mac since he bought his first MacBook Pro in 2006. Now he's up to his neck in Apple, and owns an old iBook, a 2012 iMac with an extra Thunderbolt display for good measure, a 4th-generation iPad, an iPad mini, 2 iPhones, and a Mac Mini that lives at the neighbor's house. He lives in a small town in Utah, enjoys bacon more than you can possibly imagine, and is severely addicted to pie.