Hands on With Google Maps for iPhone
The furor over Apple’s Maps app has diminished somewhat since it peaked shortly after the release of iOS 6, but there are still people who have been holding out on upgrading to Apple’s latest mobile operating system, worried about what they might lose.
As of Thursday, those people have nothing left to wait for: After months of speculation, Google has released its own Maps app for the iPhone. (There’s as of yet no native version for the iPad, but as Google also launched its YouTube for the iPhone several months before it brought the app to the iPad, that’s not a huge surprise.) But if you’re expecting a carbon copy of the app that graced home screens in iOS 5 and earlier, you’re going to be surprised.