While iPhone 5 and iOS 6 have both been generally well received amongst critics and users alike, there is however one aspect that has come under unprecedented criticism. That part is the new Maps app from Apple. They have been mocked, criticised and reviewed negatively all over the internet. So much so that Apple itself came out with an apology. Many people miss the old Google Maps in iOS 5 and after iOS 6 the wish has been for a Google Maps for iOS app.
Though Google has been improving its browser version of maps for Safari by adding Street View, it still does not compare to a standalone Google Maps for iOS app. There have been rumours about a possible release sometime later this year but so far we’ve not seen a credible proof of its existence. Until now. The images shown are from an alpha release of Google Maps for iOS app. It is vector-based, has two-finger rotation to any angle, it’s fast and slick and it supports iPhone 5.
Alpha is usually followed by beta and then the final release. There’s no telling when this app will enter those two later stages. The earliest we can expect is by the end of this year, provided these pictures above are legit.