Back in September, Apple booted Google Maps from iOS 6, and replaced it with an in-house mapping application called Apple Maps. Panic ensued. Users, who had been leaning on Google Maps since the launch of the first iPhone, in 2007, suddenly found themselves saddled with a buggy, incomplete, and sometimes wildly incorrect piece of software.
Now, a couple months later, Google Maps is returning to iOS 6-equipped iPhones and iPod Touch handsets. The new Google Maps app, which is available for download from the App Store, displays more map on the screen, and includes turn-by-turn navigation, a feature sorely missing from earlier iterations of the app (if not from Apple Maps). In addition, Google has added far more data on more than 80 million businesses, the Mountain View company says.
Google Maps, Google's Daniel Graf wrote in a blog post today, is "designed from the ground up to combine the comprehensiveness and accuracy of Google Maps with an interface that makes finding what you’re looking for faster and easier. The app shows more map on screen and turns mobile mapping into one intuitive experience."